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How Do You Plan To Celebrate World Plumbing Day?

January 28, 2011
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It takes place March 11, a date established just last year by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) as an annual celebration to promote appreciation of the plumbing industry’s vital work on behalf of the planet and its people.


Yes, I know, hardly any of you reading this have heard of World Plumbing Day. It takes place March 11, a date established just last year by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) as an annual celebration to promote appreciation of the plumbing industry’s vital work on behalf of the planet and its people.

The event aims to help the general public better understand how the plumbing industry protects the public’s health and safety, demonstrate the extent to which it works to limit mankind’s environmental footprint and to illuminate other important work performed by contractors, inspectors, installers, engineers, manufacturers, distributors and academicians that is often taken for granted.  

Most of you probably haven’t heard of the WPC either. Check them out at It’s an international organization that includes many plumbing industry VIPs from the U.S., UK, Australia and other countries. Its stated objectives are “to develop and promote the image and professional standards of the world plumbing industry,” and “to encourage, participate in and facilitate the exchange of research and technology information applicable to the world plumbing industry.”  

Noble goals, and “World Plumbing Day” is a brainstorm to help bring them about. IAPMO, publisher of the Uniform Plumbing Code, is a WPC participant and in support of World Plumbing Day 2011 has developed a plan to partner with American educators to help students understand how “Plumbing Moves Society Forward.”  

To that end IAPMO has developed a social studies-themed lesson plan and will administer a poster designing contest embracing the “Plumbing Moves Society Forward” theme for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, winners receiving iPod prizes. The curriculum includes an introductory video, discussion guidelines and plumbing fact sheets furnished by the WPC that demonstrate clearly the health, environmental and societal benefits of safe, sanitary plumbing systems.  

“When you compare a nation like the United States to a developing country such as India, sanitation represents a major discrepancy and it is one that touches every aspect of life in either case,” said Dan Daniels, president of IAPMO. “It’s a perfect topic for social studies curriculum and what better time to discuss it than World Plumbing Day?”  

So how do you plan to celebrate World Plumbing Day on March 11?  

Resources are available to help you decide. You can check out details of IAPMO’s program, including video links, class outlines, information sheets and other relevant information available to download in PDF file format at  

Additional information about World Plumbing Day, including a list of other planned events, can be found at


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Lance Bent
March 1, 2011
Dear Jim, I hate to say this, but this is not one of your best articles. May I suggest a different message? I remembered what motivates society in peace and war. It is the hope and optimism that we will win. No one follows doom and gloom, it doesn't feel good and if confronted with it, well we'll go watch a movie to forget for a while. Now we all need to know when times will get tough so we can prepare for them, but in our recent leader's mentality where the ultimate goal is to cut down the other side to stay in power by saying how bad the other side made things, well it just creates a self-fulfilling effect. If we truly want to be and continue to become a great nation we must preach hope and solutions, show we are eager to go to work and fix our problems, let everyone know we will prevail. Not many people will play a game they know we will lose. Hell, the reason why good tic tac toe players stop playing is that no one can win. This is the land of opportunity to work and create, not to get a handout. Truth be known to support oneself leaves little reserve to support others, so all must take care of self first and if extra is left over, help another. Time after time our society, our customers, even our children will gather together in the great cause when we all know we will prevail. The sooner we take leadership in hand and explain to them how to make it all better, the sooner we will be able to handle any problem that comes our way. Sure it is tough, and the struggle is present, but oh how sweet the victory will be when we win. And like we say in Maryland, we will shout, “How I love this country club living." Even in math the truth is known. Two negatives make a negative; a positive and negative cancel each other out, but two positives make positive results. So take the time to champion what works; sell the positives and produce positive results. No business will ever succeed in selling by painting the negative picture. This is what we must confront in our world today to turn our economy around. From the land of pleasant living. A cold brew and hot steamed crabs, a picnic for all and a wonderful family day where the kids frolic in the cool grass, the sun warms the soul, and the friendship is warm and loving and we all laugh and play. And the best part about this is we all know our hard but satisfying work made it possible. And everyone knew it was good. Best regards, Lance Bent



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