Scottish First Minister adds support to World Plumbing Day

Published:  13 March, 2012

Plumbers all over the world used last Sunday to celebrate World Plumbing Day, with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond adding his support to the event.

The international event on 11 March was set up by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) to highlight the role plumbing plays in public health and the environment around the world.

With the theme 'Plumbing – Vital to Global Health', organisations throughout the world, including the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating, celebrated with various events and activities to promote the importance of plumbing.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond voiced his support of the day, saying "The World Plumbing Council does much to raise the profile of the industry while embracing its global role in public health and protecting the environment – both of which are key Scottish government priorities".

The inspiration for the day followed the aftermath of 2010's devastating earthquake in Haiti, and last year's tsunami in Japan, that revealed 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.

"The safety and abundance of drinking water is, of course, a concern for most people all over the world, but what is not often emphasized is the work the plumbing industry contributes every day to alleviate these concerns," said a WPC spokesperson.

"We would like your help in bringing a better understanding of the largely misunderstood role plumbers play in keeping folks safe and healthy each and every day."