March 11, every year… everywhere
According to the United Nations Water Smart Campaign, “Today, in the 21st century, 884 million people worldwide still rely on unimproved water sources for their drinking, cooking, bathing and other domestic activities, and 2.6 billion people still do not have access to toilets, latrines or other forms of improved sanitation.”
Living in an area where plumbing systems have been in use for decades, we may forget what life is like for others around the world who do not have such systems implemented.
World Plumbing Council Chairman, Mr. Robert Burgon stated, “Our hope is that on World Plumbing Day, the world will come to realize that plumbing is essential in protecting both the health of our people and the health of our planet. In developing countries, many people have yet to discover the real difference that plumbing can make. Where countries have developed plumbing systems, the role of our industry is often taken for granted.”
The plumber protects the health of a nation. What was once a luxury is now a necessity.
Please take a moment to review how you can conserve the world’s increasingly overstretched sources of drinking water.
Toilet: Toilets are often the biggest culprit of leaks in the home and difficult to identify because they are less noticeable. Dye test your toilet: Add dye to the tank, wait, and see if the coloring shows up in the bowl.
Shower: Water saving shower heads are much better than they used to be.
Faucets: Replace your faucet aerator with one that uses less water flow.
Outside: Install an irrigation timer. Use an alternative irrigation system, like Xeriscaping or drip irrigation. Tune up your sprinkler system. Check hose faucets for drips.