World Plumbing DayWorld Plumbing Day – March 11th was World Plumbing Day, it marks a day to celebrate the vital role plumbers play in keeping us healthy and safe in today’s modern society.

Can you imagine how drastically different our lives would be without indoor plumbing? You don’t have to look very far, countries like India and Haiti suffer from poor sanitation infrastructure, which contributes to the high incidence of waterborne diseases, like cholera and dysentery.

Here are some statistics from the World Health Organization:

  •  Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases.
  • 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water supplies
  • 2.6 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation
  • Two million tons of human waste is discharged into our water resources every day

In January 2007, the results of a survey conducted by the British Medical Journal determined that the greatest medical milestone since 1840 was… sanitation! Sanitation revolutionized modern society as we know it and changed many lives, even more so than other medical discoveries such as antibiotics and anesthesia.

So how do plumbers contribute to the health of the nation? According to the World Health Organization’s Health Aspects of Plumbing Report the three roles a competent plumber must assume are:

  1. To design, install and maintain drinking-water supply and waste removal systems;
  2. To manage the health and financial risks associated with plumbing;
  3. To help conserve limited supplies of safe drinking-water

 To celebrate this day with us and do your part to conserve water, here are some tips from the World Plumbing Council:

  • Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by installing a solar hot water heater
  • Use a broom instead of a garden hose to clean your driveway, this will save 13 gallons every minute you clean.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl, without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Use a hose nozzle while you wash your car. You will save up to 100 gallons every time!

All in all, this week is a strong reminder to the pride we have here at DrainWorks that we are contributing to the health and safety of our fellow people in Toronto. To us, and plumbers, everywhere, we raise a glass!

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– DrainWorks

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