World Plumbing Day! March 11 every year … everywhere!
Many people in developed countries throughout the world take plumbing for granted. They simply turn on a tap or faucet and obtain clean water. Flushing toilets are standard in many countries. However, little thought is given to the engineering expertise provided by plumbers that ensures these systems operate as intended. Equally, a few people appreciate the consequences of bad plumbing systems.
In developing countries on the other hand, plumbing is either non existent or at best very basic. People suffer serious health consequences, and millions of people die as a result of lack of access to clean water and in effective sanitation.
- Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases.
- Using a broom instead of a garden hose to clean your driveway will save 13 gallons every minute you clean.
- Putting food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl, without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save 1,000 gallons a month.
- Use a hose nozzle while you wash your car. You will save up to 100 gallons every time!
- Turning your air conditioning or heating up or down just a few degrees can save considerable energy.
- Prevent heat loss by insulating your water heater and pipes.
- Ask your Plumbing/HVAC Contractor about high efficiency water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps and available rebates and tax advantages.
Each subsequent World Plumbing Day promises to be bigger and better than the last. Our goal is to help people realize that PLUMBING is VITAL TO GLOBAL HEALTH.
All information for this post was obtained from the World Plumbing Council.