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Celebrated on March 11 each year, World Plumbing Day is an international event initiated by the World Plumbing Council that recognises the important role that plumbing plays in everyone’s health and safety.
Commenting on the significance of the day, Mark Antrobus, APHC President, says: “World Plumbing Day is used as a means of raising awareness of the significant role which the plumbing industry plays in public health around the world. The day is intended to provide everyone with an opportunity to promote the important role played by the plumbing industry, and I hope that as an industry we get behind the day and help shine a light on the many highly qualified and proficient professionals that we have in our industry who help keep people of the UK healthy and safe.”
However, in developing countries plumbing is either nonexistent or at best very basic. People suffer serious health consequences, and millions of people die as a result of a lack of access to clean water and in effective sanitation.
According to the World Health Organisation, 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to a safe, clean water supply and 2.6 billion people don’t enjoy the use of an effective sanitation system. The tragic result is that 3.1 million children die each year as a result of water-related diseases that could have been prevented if they’d had access to basic facilities.
APHC says the plumbing industry can fly the flag for the UK on World Plumbing Day by: