Tuesday March 11 came and went earlier this week with not many people in western society giving much thought to the safe drinking water we have access to, or the intricate systems we have to sanitarily handle our personal "waste". For the majority of the people in the world, having access to these two basic needs means life and death.
On March 11, 2010, the World Plumbing Council launched "World Plumbing Day." World Plumbing Day is an international event held on March 11 each year. This special designated day brings to light the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.
This is what the World Plumbing Council has to say about these basic necessities: http://www.worldplumbing.org
"The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 tsunami in Japan reveals how easy it is to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems — until those systems cease to function properly. History shows that great leaps in humankind’s advancement — both physically and socially — have been tied to advances in plumbing technology.
Population growth and urbanization, coupled with increasing globalization, pose some real challenges to our growing global communities in ensuring the integrity of plumbing systems. 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."
Let's mark our calendars to celebrate and appreciate advancements in clean drinking water and sanitation solutions on World Plumbing Day next year, on March 11.