Tomorrow, April 25, 2014 is National "Hug a Plumber" Day. Why hug a plumber, you might ask? There are a host of reasons, especially considering the vital role plumbing plays in our daily lives. Plumbers design and install systems that provide safe drinking water, good sanitation, re-use of waste water, rainwater harvesting and much more.
It usually takes some sort of emergency in our homes, or a natural disaster to cause us to appreciate the importance of clean, safe drinking water and properly functioning waste systems. When plumbing systems stop functioning, people struggle to cope. Those who have had a water line burst or a toilet back up causing unwanted mess and bacteria to flow into their homes know how quickly proper plumbing can become a serious concern. You have a Plumber to thank for helping you out of those types of situations.
And even as these situations in our homes here in Canada are serious, there's an even greater role plumbing plays on a global scale. The World Plumbing Council has reported that "The United Nations declared 2005-2015 the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, setting a world agenda that focuses increased attention on water-related issues. This initiative is of extraordinary importance in a world where preventable diseases related to water and sanitation claim the lives of about 3.1 million people per year, most of them children less than 5 years old. Of these, about 1.6 million people die each year of diarrheal diseases associated with lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation." A serious initiative that Plumbers are working daily to assist with.
Well trained, dedicated Plumbers are the key to making sure these vital services are available to every person around the world. Division 15 Plumbing is honoured to have a team of these incredible people working with us. Take a moment to thank and hug your Plumber tomorrow. I know we will be thanking ours.