Promoting Healthy Water Globally.

A boy drinks water from a handpump in Ibrahimpur Village, Sunamganj District. In March 2009 in Bangladesh, the global economic downturn threatens to increase poverty in a country where many already live at the edge of subsistence. The population continues to recover from recurrent cyclones and flooding, and over 40 per cent of children under five have stunted growth due to malnutrition. Although two-thirds of household income is spent on food, nearly 60 per cent still do not have enough to eat. Globally, the economic crisis is expected to increase poverty and hunger for tens of millions of people and to wipe out recent improvements in child survival rates. In South Asia, widespread job losses are threatening economies that depend on remittances sent from workers abroad. Millions of workers have been forced to return to home countries and regions where few jobs are available. Many families are coping by pulling their children often girls out of school and sending them to work. People are also buying cheaper, less nutritious foods, which is increasing rates of malnutrition, especially among young children and pregnant and lactating women. The negative impacts on education and nutrition will diminish children s ability to learn and work in the future, extending the effects of the economic crisis over generations. UNICEF is responding to the crisis by establishing therapeutic feeding centres and nutritional monitoring programmes, and by distributing micronutrients and ready-to-use therapeutic foods.Plumbers come together globally to initiate, educate and promote the importance of how we should maintain a safe and sanitary water conditions around the world. 

There is nothing more important than having access to safe drinking water and a good standard of sanitation to sustain good health.

In Australia, we shouldn’t take for granted the access we have to a supply of clean and safe water and the quality drainage system that remove waste water from our properties. As an individual we should all take actions to reduce water wastage, invest in products that conserve water and make every effort to avoid contaminating water or damaging drainage systems.

Currently 1.1 billion people lack access to a safe clean water supply and 2.6 billion do not enjoy the use of effective sanitation systems.  According to the World Health Organization, approximately 3.1 million children die each year as a result of diseases that could have been prevented if only their families had access to basic facilities.

World Plumbing Day (WPD) is an international event created by the World Plumbing Council to highlight the important role that plumbing plays in the health, protection and sustainability of communities in both developed and underdeveloped countries.

The World Plumbing Council bring together plumbing associations globally , including Australia to  identifying affordable and efficient ways of providing sanitary conditions to all people and create a sustainable disease free environment for future generations to live a long and happy life.

With this in mind, we hope you will appreciate the individuals who choose to follow a career in plumbing.   Not everyone is up to the challenge of getting down and dirty to unblock our sewers, drains, repair pungent pipes and crawl through insect infested spaces beneath properties and inside cavities to install new services to meet your everyday lifestyle needs.

Listen to what the chairman of the World Plumbing Council has to say:

The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) in Brunswick is runs a series of events on Friday 11 March 2016 to mark WPD, raise awareness and discuss solutions.  This year’s event is set to be bigger than ever. Click here to attend.