World Plumbing Day – March 11th

28/02/19 1:07 PM

world plumbing dayWorld Plumbing Day is March 11th, which was established by the World Plumbing Council in 2010. The day was created to encourage and promote the important role that plumbing plays in the lives of so many people around the world.

Now it may not be the kind of holiday where you will run out and buy a card, or bring them breakfast in bed, but it would be nice to acknowledge the fact that through collaborations and sharing knowledge we have found ways to improve the quality of, and access to, fresh water and safe sanitation (1).

To commence this holiday I wanted to share with you a few historical plumbing facts (2):

  • 1700 BC – the first sewage disposal and drainage system (the very first flush toilet) is introduced in Greece.
  • 1890 – the world’s first drinking water treatment system is built do reduce microbial contamination.
  • 1926 – a code of practice is introduced to protect people from inept plumbing practices.
  • 1980-2000 the first sensor flushing toilet is introduced in Japan and the low-flow toilet is manufactured to conserve water.
  • 2005 – the UN declares 2005-2015 the International Decade for Action – “Water for Life” will look to raise awareness and improve sanitation globally.

While taking a look at these facts, we have come a long way to provide reliable and sanitary water supply to people across the world. But, there are still a third of the world’s population without access to a toilet and 3 million people die every year from preventable disease due to poor sanitation. Help spread awareness and share this post and graphic!



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