Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating

Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating
World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day

March 07, 2012 09:00 ET

Coming Together Again to Celebrate World Plumbing Day-March 11

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2012) - On March 11 MCAC, CIPH and WPC will be joined by other Canadian members of the WPC including the Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta, the Canadian Standards Association, the Ontario and British Columbia Plumbing Inspectors Association, UA Local 787 and 67, and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials to bring this vital component of our world to everyone's attention.

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Every single person on this planet is affected by the availability of clean drinking water and basic sanitation. Join us in celebrating WORLD PLUMBING DAY on March 11, 2012 - Plumbing organizations across the country are joining the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) to undertake activities with the aim of raising awareness to the important role played by Canada's plumbing industry.

Ever since the first sewers were built in Iraq in 5000 BC, the first sanitary systems were constructed in India around 2500 BC and much later when the Romans built their famous aqueducts, plumbing has had a remarkably enabling and ennobling effect on human endeavour and progress. When the Romans first developed their aqueducts there were approximately 55 million humans on the planet, less than 1% of the 7 billion or so humans alive right now. Global population has more than tripled over the last 70 years but freshwater use has risen at least twice that.

When we talk about a global water crisis, we are not crystal ball gazing about a hypothetical future - it's here and now. The United Nations says that more than a billion (that's one in six) humans are already living with severe freshwater scarcity. As nations develop their demand for water rises rapidly. Availability of fresh water is acknowledged as one of the strongest determinants of economic prosperity and hence political stability. Lack of water is, quite simply, keeping billions of human beings poor, sick, uneducated and ill-governed.

Clean water is not a luxury, safe clear drinking water and sanitation is possible in any nation, big or small, when simple, sound plumbing practices are adopted.

The two major trends of the 20th century, population growth and urbanization, coupled with increasing globalization of the 21st century, pose some real challenges to our global communities in ensuring the integrity of plumbing systems.

Whatever the technology, locality or culture involved - quality water supply and sanitation are constant fundamentals of a healthy human society in both the built and natural environments. Technology may change, and cultures may evolve but this fact of life will not. To live together in the world, humans need plumbing...and of course plumbers!

Established in 2010, thanks to the efforts of the World Plumbing Council (WPC), www.worldplumbing.org, World Plumbing Day is dedicated to helping the general public better understand the vital role the plumbing industry plays in protecting public health and safety, the extent to which it helps limit mankind's environmental footprint and other important work performed by contractors, inspectors, installers, engineers, and manufacturers that is often taken for granted.

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