Every year on March 11, the world takes one day to acknowledge the crucial role plumbing has in our everyday lives.
World Plumbing Day, first established by the World Plumbing Council (WPC), uses this day to highlight plumbers and celebrate their work.
World Plumbing Day is marked by celebrations, competitions, seminars, and activities worldwide. The WPC urges that people from within and outside the plumbing fraternity come together to learn, share knowledge, build connections and find opportunities to collaborate to improve the quality of, and access to, fresh water and safe sanitation.
In honour of this day, several industry organizations have announced initiatives and events to acknowledge the vital role plumbing has in our world.
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) announced it would be inviting members to participate in a World Plumbing Day (WPD) T-shirt campaign. CIPH created shirts available for purchase that were designed to include a scanable QR code that leads to a special CIPH Ontario WPD campaign webpage.
In honour of World Plumbing Day and World Water Day (March 22), Wolseley Canada stated it will donate a portion of all sales, up to $10,000, from its PROFLO line to Water First, an organization dedicated to working collaboratively with Indigenous communities in Canada to address water challenges through education and training.
Dahl Valve also announced, in honour of World Plumbing Day, a donation to the Corporation of Master Pipe-Mechanics of Quebec – CMMTQ in support of their educational programs for the plumbing and hydronic heating trades. “With a donation of $1,000, we are doing our modest part to support the local plumbing and heating training programs that shapes the future of our industry”, said Don Watt, president of dahl Valve Limited.
Additionally, the IAPMO Group announced March4Water Month, a new observance month to raise awareness in the U.S. about how safe and effective plumbing systems keep families and communities healthy and resilient.
March4Water month, which consists of World Plumbing Day and World Water Day, will focus on the four ways water and plumbing impact our lives with solutions to ensure our communities are safeguarded and ready for the future: how plumbing protects public health and safety, effective codes and standards to help disaster mitigation and recovery, emerging technologies for water sustainability and efficiency, and safe, clean water for all: assuring affordability and equity.
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