March 11: World Plumbing Day

Published: 07 March 2019

Now in its ninth year, World Plumbing Day provides an opportunity for industries and communities to reflect on the vital role plumbing plays in protecting public health and improving living standards.

Facilitated by the World Plumbing Council, it also provides an opportunity for the plumbing industry to learn, share knowledge, build connections and collaborate on new ways to improve the quality and access to fresh water and safe sanitation.

Plumbing is an incredibly large part of everyday life. Taking a shower, drinking water from a tap, sitting in an air-conditioned office, doing laundry and flushing the toilet - all these tasks are possible thanks to trained plumbers and advancements in plumbing.

Unfortunately, millions of people around the world still lack access to basic plumbing amenities, which results in lower living standards and serious health risks. In fact, six out of ten people or 4.5 billion people still lack safely managed sanitation, while three in ten do not have access to safe, readily available water in their home.

Most alarmingly, 361,000 children under five die per year from water borne diseases, while 900 million school children across the world who do not have hand-washing facilities.

Poor plumbing amenity also has serious environmental consequences, leading to water shortages, droughts and increased energy consumption.

For more information on the importance of plumbing or how to participate in World Plumbing Day, visit the World Plumbing Council website.