World Plumbing Day

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IAPMO Hosts World Plumbing Day Events in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia (March 17, 2014) — CEO GP Russ Chaney headlined a contingent of IAPMO senior executives who traveled to Indonesia to celebrate World Plumbing Day at events March 10 and 11.

Chaney was accompanied by Ken Wijaya, senior director of IAPMO R&T Lab; Shirley Dewi, director of Quality Assurance and Management Systems Registration Services for IAPMO R&T; Megan Lehtonen, vice president of International Business Development for IAPMO; and staff members from IAPMO’s Jakarta office. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta was also well represented, as Acting Ambassador Kristen Bauer attended the March 10 event; Commercial Officer Margaret Shu Teasdale was on hand for both days’ events; and David Gossack, senior commercial officer and commercial counselor, attended the March 11 festivities.

On March 10, IAPMO hosted an educational presentation for more than 80 children at Yayasan Rahmatan Lil-Amin Jakarta Timur, an orphanage in Jakarta, to teach them about how proper plumbing ensures people have access to clean and safe water and sanitation. A PowerPoint presentation taught the children about the importance of water and how more than 1 billion people around the world do not have access to drinkable water, 2.6 billion do not have proper toilets, and how dirty water is blamed for more than 3 million children’s deaths each year. Dewi said the children were very responsive to the presentation, and the children even surprised them by writing and performing a song about how important it is not to waste water.

“The song they wrote and performed defining the importance of water was something we didn’t expect coming into the event,” she said. “They greeted us warmly and we were very touched by it.”

On March 11 – World Plumbing Day – IAPMO and Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN), Indonesia’s national standardization agency, co-hosted an industry and media event to bring awareness about World Plumbing Day and their joint efforts to develop, implement and enforce an Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for plumbing systems through the adoption of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC® ).

“For well over a decade, IAPMO has had the benefit of working with BSN to develop a national standard based on IAPMO’s flagship, the UPC,” Chaney said. “We were thrilled to have the acting ambassador, as well as David Gossack, on hand to support IAPMO’s effort.

More than 150 people came out for the event, which was covered by Indonesian television and other media, and industry professionals and representatives from various Indonesian ministries participated in a question-and-answer session at the end.

Wijaya said he has been very appreciative of the support and cooperation IAPMO has received from BSN during the development process, and the event drove home how important having mandatory standards is for those involved in plumbing and sanitation in Indonesia.

“This event gave me a firsthand look at how much industry and manufacturers want the standards outlined in the SNI to be mandatory,” he said. “I hope the ministries take that step to make it part of the system.”

Slowing the Flow and Saving H2O Conestoga College Students Awarded First Prize in National Competition

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) announces Conestoga engineering students as winners of Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition

TORONTO, ON (March 11, 2014) – On World Plumbing Day, an annual international event that celebrates the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) announced the winners of Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition. The Institute’s first-ever competition challenged students to identify an action plan to decrease their school’s water footprint. The first place team from Conestoga College will share a $3,000 prize, while runner-ups from the University of Ottawa will share a $1,000 award.

In total, seven teams of students studying engineering, business, environmental studies and other relevant fields from five colleges and universities participated in the competition. Schools represented include: Carleton University in Ottawa; Conestoga College in Kitchener; Holland College in Charlottetown; Mount Royal University in Calgary; and the University of Ottawa.

“CIPH was extremely impressed with all of the submissions, in particular the attention to detail given to analyzing the technical and financial aspects of water conservation and the creative ideas presented to help their school reduce water consumption,” said Ralph Suppa, the Institute’s President and General Manager. “Given the positive response to this competition by students from across the country, CIPH is proud to commit to sponsoring an interdisciplinary case study competition on an annual basis.”

Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition Winners

The first place team from Conestoga College from the Environmental Engineering Post Grad Program included Santina Alagia, Zeshan Anjum, Andrew Joseph, Dan Marshall, Kristina Taylor and Numair Khan Uppal and was led by faculty advisors Dave Farish and Coby Lamarche. The submission focused on reducing annual water consumption at the Conestoga College Doon campus, and stood out compared to the other submissions received in terms of technical considerations, social impact and cost recovery of the proposed initiatives. The proposal by Conestoga College also analyzed areas such as historical relevance like references to leaks, data analysis, recognizing gaps and assumptions; considerations of added value components such as public perception; as well as the breakdown of costs including demolition and reinstallation

Second place was awarded to the team from the University of Ottawa, Civil Engineering Program consisting of Katy Bosma, Patrick D’Aoust, Jean-Emmanuel Daoust and Stephen Jones, led by faculty advisor Roberto Narbaitz. The judges were impressed by the teams’ proposal which they felt was the most technologically aggressive in addressing the realistic application of greywater reuse concepts for one of the university’s sports complexes.

“Part of the focus for World Plumbing Day is to recognize the evolution and contribution our industry has had on modern society by making clean water accessible,” said CIPH Chairman Robert Whitty and president & CEO, Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd. “The caliber of the submissions received demonstrates that tomorrow’s leaders understand the need for water conservation and innovative ways to reduce their school’s hydro footprint.”

To submit a case study on how their school could use and conserve water more wisely, students needed to address the following:

  • Capital investment required to render the client site more efficient

  • Annual water savings anticipated due to implementation

  • Real estate impact – how much land/space would be needed to accomplish savings

  • Products/materials to be used

  • Intended social impacts

  • Anticipated return on investment

Students were also required to submit an infographic and video along with their written submission. The winning video and submissions can be viewed at

The jury was comprised of a three-person panel of industry experts:

  • Doug Flucker, Complex Building Inspector, City of Barrie, and member of OPIA (Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association)

  • Tonya Kraan, Manager of Innovation , Water Research & Innovation Network (WRAIN)

  • Sidney Manning, Chief Plumbing and Gas Administrator/Inspector, Province of Alberta

2013 News

Young talents tackle Water Innovation Challenge at Singapore International Water Week, 3-5 June 2014

The United Nations declared 2005-2015 an International Decade for Action, in which a global “Water for Life” agenda focused on increased attention to water related issues. By including safe drinking water supply and sanitation in the Millennium Development Goals, the global community recognized their critical importance and the role they play in ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all peoples of the world.

While many parts of the world enjoy access to clean water and effective sanitation provided by a skilled and professional plumbing workforce, the above statement reveals that many global communities are trapped in a vicious cycle of disease, poor health, deprivation and death.

WorldSkills Foundation’s Water Innovation Challenge – supported by the World Plumbing Council – will bring together a group of international, multi-discipline teams of Plumbers and Engineers under the age of 26 to participate in a series of hands-on design challenges and practical tasks. During three days of intense competition, the teams will develop a series of real and innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in two developing countries: Nepal and Bangladesh. Solutions created during the Water Innovation Challenge will go on to be implemented by the winning team in either of our Nepal and Bangladesh ‘Sanitation Studio’ programmes – a partnership between Australian NGO Healthabitat and WorldSkills Foundation. Design toolkits created by these teams will also be made available for other NGOs or international development organizations for further use in their own plumbing and sanitation development works around the world. By taking part in our inaugural event, our teams will demonstrate that an idea combined with the necessary technical knowledge and hands-on ability can take a young Plumbing apprentice anywhere in the world, where their skills can really make a difference

The Water Innovation Challenge will be hosted from 3-5 June 2014 in the Central Amphitheatre at ITE College East (Institute of Technical Education), Singapore; a co-located event of Singapore International Water Week (1-5 June 2014).

The Challenge will be further complimented by a showcase of new Virtual 3D Learning tools created as part of the WorldSkills Foundation–ITE Singapore Innovation Lab project: Virtual Reality training applications for Plumbing and Sanitation, designed for the use of over 500 students in the Higher Nitec Facilities Management courses across ITE.

The World Health Organization has declared Plumbers the most important front line health workers around the globe. Many people appreciate that when they have easy access to clean water in basins, taps and toilets that much of the technical and practical skill required to provide these services happen behind the scenes. This “hidden” work – carried out by Plumbers – meets the essential standards and requirements demanded by our daily lives, especially when living in close communities

WorldSkills Foundation and the World Plumbing Council have chosen World Plumbing Day 2014 – March 11, every year, everywhere – as an appropriate day to launch this exciting Water Innovation Challenge event.

2013 World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition

Caribbean Coup

The World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition created a great deal of interest from elementary/primary schools around the World in 2013, with entries coming from the United Kingdom, Scotland, Canada,, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago. The USA was well represented with schools from the states California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio all participating.

The quality of all entries made the judging a challenging one, however under the guidance of WPC Director Richard Prospal all entries were assessed with the best 25 being selected to be reviewed and voted on by the American Society of sanitary Engineers (ASSE) at their mid-year meeting held in Cleveland, Ohio. Over a two day period close to 50 ballots were cast, with meeting delegates having been asked to choose the top three posters and to rank them first, second and third.

The results were announced with the Caribbean countries of Jamaica and Trinidad achieving a great coup for this magical area of palm trees, white sandy beaches, turquoise water and sunshine. In spite of strong competition from around the world they scooped the pool with all three winners coming from these two countries.

The winners in the poster competition are

First Place: Andrew Malcolm, 5th grade at Corinaldi Ave. Primary School, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Second Place: Nakelia Humphrey, 5th grade at Corinaldi Ave. Primary School, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Third Place: Liana Ellis, 4th grade Dunross Preparatory School, St. James, Trinidad

Andrew and Nakelia are both in 5th grade classes at Corinaldi Avenue Primary School, which has a student population of 1664 students from grades 1 to 6. “Every boy my brother, every girl my sister” is the school’s motto and the school has developed and maintained a school culture of hard work, teamwork and shared success.

World Plumbing Council Chairman, Russ Chaney created a video message for the Corinaldi Avenue Primary School’s assembly when Andrew and Nakelia will be presented with their awards, congratulating the students on their success and thanking the school for proactively supporting World Plumbing Day through the poster competition.

Community groups, such as Cubs and Scouts, elementary and primary schools from around the world are invited to participate in the World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition, sponsored by the World Plumbing Council. Students are asked to design a poster illustrating the important role of plumbing and plumbers, focusing on the World Plumbing Day message, plumbing-vital to global health, the role plumbing plays in every day life and in protecting the environment

The winning posters will be submitted in an international competition where the World Plumbing Council will award prizes:

  • 1st Prize: US$1,000 to the school and US$100 to the student

  • 2nd Prize: US$500 to the school and US$50 to the student

  • 3rd prize: US$250 to the school and US$25 to the student

World Plumbing Day, March 11, every year, everywhere.

Plumbing Solutions Joins World Plumbing Day Celebration at Dunross Preparatory School in Westmoorings, Trinidad

On Monday 11th, March 2013, Plumbing Solutions recognized World Plumbing Day and Design Poster Competition Launch on March 11th, 2013. The event was staged at the Dunross Preparatory School in Westmoorings,Trinidad.

Mr. Scott Fabres, Managing Director of Plumbing Solutions delivered the feature address, and Mr. Joseph Cedeno, Executive Director of The Plumbers Association of Trinidad and Tobago spoke on behalf of the TPATT.

In attendance were approximately 109 students, along with their Teachers and Principal, Mrs. Giselle Rostant and they all wore their World Plumbing Day T-shirts. The back of these T-shirts displayed the poster of Jordan Weekes of Bishop Anstey Junior School. Jordan won the local design poster competition and placed second in the international competition last year.

Over the next two weeks a number of primary schools across Trinidad will take part in our Second Annual Poster Design Competition. The school with the winning entrant in Trinidad & Tobago will receive $10,000.00 in plumbing services and supplies, while the winning student will receive $500.00, both courtesy of Plumbing Solutions.

The above student which wins the local competition will have their poster entered into the International Poster Design Competition, which will be judged by the World Plumbing Council.

Plumbing Solutions is a proud member of the World Plumbing Council and joins its other global members in celebrating World Plumbing Day, March 11th, every year, everywhere!

USPA Joins World Plumbing Day Celebration

The world celebrates today, March 11, 2013 as World Plumbing Day. In this celebration, the United Skilled Plumbers Association, Inc. (USPA) joins stakeholders in emphasizing the need to address the problem on access to clean water and effective sanitation.

The crisis is already in global proportion: one in eight people in the world do not have access to safe water and one in three people do not have adequate sanitation.

In places where there is sufficient water supply, inadequate sanitation results to diseases such as the recent diarrhea cases in Carmen, Cebu and typhoid fever outbreak in the town of Badian, Cebu.

Our group, USPA, is an association of community-based plumbers and plumbers currently working in water districts and water cooperatives in the country.

While there are reliable services already provided such as the ones given by the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), waterless communities in Cebu remain. For areas that already have enough water supply and systems, there is still the need to ensure that these systems operate as intended, such as what happened to the towns of Carmen and Badian in Cebu, requiring the technical expertise of plumbers and other tradespersons.

March being Women’s Month, it is also important to note the role of women and children, who play a large part in collecting water for family use, oftentimes along long and arduous road in order to obtain water that are sometimes not safe to consume

The situation calls for a more collaborative effort among different stakeholders such as water districts and cooperatives, other service providers, communities, government officials and associations like USPA to address the needs of communities, within the framework of water cooperation espoused by the United Nations General Assembly in declaring 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

We, plumbers who are directly in the field fixing leaks, unclogging drains, and helping maintain water systems, but sometimes perceived as nuisance, are willing to extend our hand in realizing water and sanitation for all.

We are also appealing to candidates in the upcoming May 2013 election in the country to make clear cut policy pronouncements to ensure public health through safe and clean water. For a start, it helps if candidates shall integrate in their electoral platforms the provision for increased budgetary allocation for the water and sanitation sector in their respective government units.

Closely associated with ensuring water and sanitation for all are affirmative actions from our policy makers to provide secure and decent jobs among tradespersons who provide crucial services such as plumbing.


Founding President, USPA

World Plumbing Day 2013 Highlights The Industry's Role In Protecting Health And The Environment

March 11, 2013 - Source ANSI

Today marks the fourth annual World Plumbing Day, an international celebration of the importance of plumbing. The event, organized each year by the World Plumbing Council, brings well-deserved attention to the essential roles played by plumbers and plumbing systems in maintaining public health and safeguarding the environment.

To celebrate World Plumbing Day, the World Plumbing Council has released a video featuring World Plumbing Council Chairman GP Russ Chaney. In the video, Mr. Chaney, who serves as the CEO of the IAPMO Group and a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors, provides important information on how the lack of plumbing infrastructure has exacerbated health problems worldwide and discusses the history and goals of World Plumbing Day. The full video is available here.

Although the popular image of plumbers and plumbing focuses on mundane repairs to piping and sewage problems, modern plumbing systems play an essential role in bolstering public health by allowing for the safe, efficient use of clean water by millions, as well as the effective management and treatment of wastewater and sewage. In areas where clean water and functional sanitation is rare or nonexistent, the lack of plumbing solutions has a tragic toll: more than 3.1 million people die each year from preventable diseases linked to unsafe drinking water, insufficient sanitation, and other related issues. To help promote the importance of plumbing to public health, the World Plumbing Council and the World Health Organization have collaborated to produce a publication, titled “Health Aspects of Plumbing,” that can be downloaded for free here.

Another major focus of World Plumbing Day is the important role that plumbing professionals and organizations play in protecting the environment, particularly the fresh water needed to fuel agriculture and keep people healthy. The plumbing industry is an important player in the promotion of sustainability initiatives, including through its support for technologies associated with water re-use, desalination, solar water heating, and gray water management. For more information about the role that plumbing plays in larger environmental efforts, check out the World Plumbing Council’s “Environmental Aspects of Plumbing" fact sheet, available here.

ANSI salutes the World Plumbing Council and World Plumbing Day participants for their efforts to promote public health and environmentally friendly water usage in connection with plumbing. As part of its own efforts to promote effective water usage, ANSI serves as an accreditation body in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s WaterSense program. Under the program, products certified by accredited certification bodies may carry a WaterSense label, helping consumers identify products that assist in the conservation of water.

To learn more about World Plumbing Day and its associated events and initiatives, visit its official website at

Sioux Chief Sponsors Safe Drinking Water Programs for Victims of Genocide and Religious Persecution in Sudan on World Plumbing Day

Thousands of children displaced by conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan are without safe, clean drinking water. On March 11, World Plumbing Day, Sioux Chief invites the plumbing industry worldwide to join its sponsorship of safe water programs serving victims from the Nuba Mountains conflict in Sudan.

Kansas City based rough plumbing manufacturer, Sioux Chief, is pleased to announce its participation in World Plumbing Day, by sponsoring several programs, including borehole drilling, repair, and hygiene training for those in need in Sudan.

Since 2006, the nonprofit organization, Persecution Project Foundation, PPF, has operated a Safe Water campaign which has drilled 80 wells for refugees and internally displaced persons in Sudan. Additionally, PPF's Safe Water Program funds water purification systems, solar-powered pumps, health and sanitation training and emergency borehole repairs.

Sioux Chief believes in the value of World Plumbing Day, an annual international event on March 11 initiated by the World Plumbing Council, to celebrate the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society

“We believe the best way to show our support for World Plumbing Day is to provide safe, clean drinking water to children and families from the Nuba Mountains who have lost everything but their dignity and who suffer from lack of safe, clean water sources,” said Sioux Chief CFO, Dominic Ismert.

“We encourage others to help the suffering communities in Sudan and join us in sponsoring this important initiative by giving to Persecution Project Foundation's Safe Water Program.”

Approximately 80% of sickness in Africa is caused by contaminated water.

Sioux Chief supports the World Plumbing Council’s statement: 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.

“With hundreds of thousands in Sudan and South Sudan needing clean water to survive and thrive, we are honored to participate in aiding them on World Plumbing Day,” Ismert said.

More About Sioux Chief:

Since 1957, Sioux Chief has manufactured innovative plumbing products. It is a leader in providing rough plumbing solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications. Sioux Chief’s comprehensive product line is comprised of three core groups: Supply, Drainage and Support. Sioux Chief products are sold to qualified wholesale distributors and retailers worldwide. The company is headquartered in Peculiar, Missouri — just outside of Kansas City. For more information, please call 1-800-821-3944.

U.S. Senate Passes Third Resolution Designating March 11 as World Plumbing Day

Ontario, Calif. (March 11, 2013) – For a third consecutive year, the United States Senate, with the support of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), on Thursday passed a bipartisan resolution formally designating March 11, 2013, as World Plumbing Day

Senate Resolution 73, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), stresses the importance of plumbing as it concerns public health both here and abroad, illustrates the dire conditions faced by those without access to clean water and proper sanitation, and highlights the role trained plumbers play in maintaining, repairing and rebuilding America's aging water infrastructure.

"Whereas safe and efficient plumbing saves money and reduces future water supply costs and infrastructure costs; Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Senate designates March 11, 2013, as 'World Plumbing Day,' " the resolution reads in part. This marks the third consecutive year the U.S. Senate has recognized World Plumbing Day through the passing of such a resolution. Senate Resolution 73 can be read in its entirety by directing your Web browser to:

"Water is our planet's most precious resource, and it is also a resource the developed world often takes for granted," Sen. Bennet said. "Unfortunately, the reliable supply of water needed to maintain life is not readily available to nearly one billion people around the world. By supporting access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation through sound plumbing infrastructure and minimum plumbing codes, we can significantly raise quality of life and help to eliminate a historic cause of human suffering. IAPMO has done important work raising awareness of this important issue."

The World Plumbing Council (WPC) in 2010 established March 11 as World Plumbing Day, an annual celebration to promote appreciation of the plumbing industry's vital work on behalf of the planet and its people. The event aims to help the general public better understand how the plumbing industry protects the public's health and safety, demonstrate the extent to which it works to limit mankind's environmental footprint and to illuminate other important and often unsung work performed by contractors, inspectors, installers, engineers, manufacturers and academicians.

IAPMO has been an enthusiastic supporter of World Plumbing Day from its inception, developing educational materials and administering student contests to promote the event and facilitating the introduction and subsequent passage of this resolution in the U.S. Senate.

"I'm truly grateful to the U.S. Senate, the most respected and revered legislative body in our nation, for the effort extended to recognize our industry's contribution to protecting the health and safety of society in general, as well as its important work toward the safeguarding of our natural resources through energy and water conservation," said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney, chairman of the World Plumbing Council.

Plumbing Museum Invites Local Schools to Celebrate World Plumbing Day

Watertown, Mass. — The Plumbing Museum in Watertown has partnered with the World Plumbing Council to bring the World Plumbing Day poster contest to local elementary schools. Elementary school students have been asked to create posters of their chosen size to celebrate World Plumbing Day. Posters will be submitted to the World Plumbing Council for consideration. Small prizes will be awarded to winning posters from each grade level. The winning posters will then be entered into an international competition where cash prizes will be awarded to both the winning school and student by the World Plumbing Council. If you would like to find out more about how to get your child involved please visit

Officially recognized by the U.S. Senate, World Plumbing Day, started by the World Plumbing Council, occurs on March 11th “every year…everywhere,” and promotes the importance of global access to proper plumbing and sanitation. Natural disasters such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti or the subsequent tsunami in Japan were recent reminders of the importance of access to clean water and proper sanitation.

The American Sanitary Plumbing Museum has attracted plumbers, tradesmen and curious visitors since 1979. Relocated to Watertown, Mass. from Worcester in 2008, the Plumbing Museum offers a unique, trade-specific take on American history, and pays tribute to the plumbers, engineers and inventors whose hard work and creative spirit have contributed so much to the betterment of our society. The Plumbing Museum is located at 80 Rosedale Road in Watertown, Mass. For more information visit