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World Plumbing Day takes on international focus on March 11

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National trade associations representing mechanical contractors and manufacturers and distributors of plumbing products have called on federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to proclaim World Plumbing Day.

National trade associations representing mechanical contractors and manufacturers and distributors of plumbing products have called on federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to proclaim World Plumbing Day.

“We would be thrilled and honoured if you <0x2026> were to recognize World Plumbing Day on March 11 in the House of Commons,” the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) said in a joint letter.

“Both MCAC and CIPH look forward to working with you and your department on the promotion of World Plumbing Day and on important issues affecting our environment in the future.”

The two organizations have joined forces to promote the World Plumbing Council (WPC) initiative that is designed to raise awareness of the important role played by plumbing in relation to both public health and the environment.

As part of their promotional efforts, MCAC and CIPH are encouraging all levels of government to recognize the day within their own jurisdictions.

“We are also working through the Senate to get this day recognized,” said CIPH president and general manager Ralph Suppa.

The two associations have drafted a motion that could be introduced in Parliament. It states that the government of Canada:

• Recognizes the importance of World Plumbing Day and its aim of highlighting the role which the plumbing industry plays in relation to health through the provision of safe water and sanitation;

• Recognizes the environmental role of the industry in water conservation and in industry efficiency.

• Congratulates the WPC and its Canadian member organizations, specifically the MCAC and the CIPH, on their role in promoting the importance of the plumbing industry both in developed countries like Canada where plumbing is often not respected and in developing countries where good plumbing saves lives.

Plumbing organizations in several countries are making plans for events on <0x000A>World Plumbing Day.

The principal WPC celebration this year will take place in India. A joint meeting has been arranged between the council and the World Health Organization.

In addition, the council has produced a PowerPoint presentation on water, health and plumbing for use in school discussions. This presentation is to be used in several countries, including Canada.

A video message from WPC chair Robert Burgon that will be posted on YouTube and industry websites.

by Patricia Williams

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