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11 March has been designated World Plumbing Day by the World Plumbing Council as a means of raising awareness of the significant role which the plumbing industry plays in public health and the environment around the world.

With the theme “Plumbing-Vital to Global Health” plumbing organisations throughout the world will be undertaking a range of activities with the aim of raising awareness of the important role played by today’s plumbing industry



SNIPEF launch Twitter competition for World Plumbing Day

We’re running a competition on Twitter to celebrate World Plumbing Day. Just identify 5 loos in 5 days and you could win a gift voucher.  Have a look at the first picture here  and follow our Twitter channel @SNIPEFnews to see the other questions, which will be posted everyday until World Plumbing Day on 11 March.

Plumbing is important the world over

Click here to read the WPC Chairman’s Message for World Plumbing Day 2016

Next month sees the 7th celebration of World Plumbing Day. March 11 (“every year everywhere”) has been designated by the World Plumbing Council as a day on which the entire industry is encouraged to take the opportunity to promote the important role plumbing plays, including its relevance to public health.

A longstanding frustration for people who are involved with plumbing industry organisations such as SNIPEF is that many (if indeed not most) customers of the plumbing industry fail to respect their plumbing. Plumbing problems are too often seen as a nuisance that needs to be fixed as quickly as possible at the lowest possible price. Even when the plumbing work is new, as opposed to a repair, there is pressure to minimise the price. Although it is human nature to contain costs where possible, in plumbing, this can mean compromising quality and professionalism with potentially disastrous consequences.

In his message for World Plumbing Day 2016, the Chairman of the World Plumbing Council, Sudhakaran Nair of India, writes “Implementation of good plumbing systems does not call for rocket science. Plumbing affects each one of us in our daily lives. Whether the effect is beneficial or detrimental depends directly on the quality of the plumbing installation. This awareness has to percolate to every individual.”

Sadly in India, many people still die each year simply because they don’t have access to even basic plumbing systems. The developed world generally enjoys good quality plumbing so deaths related to plumbing and sanitation are less frequent. However, they can and do happen and the message of World Plumbing Day 2016 is as relevant in the United Kingdom as it is in any other country.

It may take time, but we should all hope that the message of World Plumbing Day - plumbing is vital to global health - becomes recognised by more and more people each year. That would be a good result for our citizens and it would also be a good result for the professional plumbing industry, including SNIPEF members.

For more information on World Plumbing Day, visit www.worldplumbingday.org


World Plumbing Day 2016


The World Plumbing Council’s Mission statement says it all:


“To promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment, by uniting the World Plumbing Industry for the benefit of all.”

It is now widely recognized that plumbing has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of human society, and has done for many generations, providing fresh water, effective sanitation and safeguarding the environment.

There is no doubt that the widespread establishment of sanitation systems and indoor plumbing is one of the most significant developments over the past 150 years. As a result the average lifespan of mankind across many regions of the World has virtually doubled. Deadly diseases such as typhoid and cholera rapidly declined as a healthier, more comfortable living environment was created. If we need to be reminded of the link between plumbing and public health we only need to consider the so-called SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic in 2003. At the time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded that inadequate plumbing may have contributed to the spread of SARS.

Perhaps an even more dramatic and tragic reminder of this link between plumbing and health is to be seen in those parts of the world that do not yet have ready access to fresh water and sanitation and the millions who continue to die each year, particularly children, from diarrheal diseases, cholera and typhoid.

The World Plumbing Council invites everybody either directly involved or just associated with the industry to join in World Plumbing Day activities, and spread the word in their local communities and through their industry organizations.

There are lots of activities that you can do on World Plumbing Day, such as:

  • Presentations at schools on water and plumbing, to assist a power point demonstration can be downloaded at www.worldplumbingday.org.
  • Organise your local school to participate in the International Poster Competition with a US$1000 prize to be awarded for the best poster from a primary/elementary school, Cub Scout Group or other community organizations with a focus on children in grades 1- 5 or aged under 10 years.
  • Participate on twitter @WPlumbingDay
  • Hold industry days or trade shows, breakfasts
  • Write letters to the editor of local papers, or articles for trade magazines and industry journals.
  • Motions of support in state and national Parliaments.

World Plumbing Day 2015


We wish all our members and partners a Happy World Plumbing Day 2015.

The Chairman of the World Plumbing Council, Sudhakaran Nair, has urged the industry to contribute towards this important cause buy creating an awareness which ‘ultimately changes our attitude towards usage of water’ and is not ‘restricted to just one day’.

Watch his full 20105 World Plumbing Day Message here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkBfuDHfNc4.

Professor Mala Rao OBE, Senior Clinical Fellow, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College, London, delivered a presentation for SNIPEF to mark World Plumbing Day 2011. In light of a target date of the end of 2015 for the delivery of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals and to mark this years’ World Plumbing Day, Professor Rao has updated her message. She tells us:

Reports on the UN's Millennium Development Goals highlight the enormous progress which has been made since the turn of the century when member nations established this blueprint for tackling the biggest challenges faced by the world. 2.3 billion people gained access to  safe drinking water between 1990 and 2012, bringing the world population having access to safe water to around 89 percent. However, achievements in relation to improved sanitation have been less encouraging with much more left to be done in future years. Over a quarter of the world’s population are reported to have gained access to improved sanitation since 1990, but approximately a billion people still resort to open defecation. In addition, despite these overall successes, inequalities persist, with people in rural areas, the poor and minorities having less access to both improved water and sanitation.


As the time-bound MDG goals come to an end in 2015, world leaders are working towards an ambitious post-2015 agenda which, as climate change and environmental degradation continue unabated, is likely to give particular importance to the need to improve sustainable living, address climate change and protect the environment. Improving access to safe water and sanitation will remain crucially important goals in the future, as key determinants of health and wellbeing.


The post-2015 agenda offers the WPC an ideal opportunity to contribute its expertise at the top table of these negotiations, as it continues to have a critical role in mobilizing its membership, its partners, policy makers and communities to improve public health through safe water, sanitation and climate change action. In particular, it has a responsibility to motivate plumbers to recognise the important role they play in improving public health in the developed and developing world.

Plumbers and their organisations need to:

 1.    Take a more proactive role in continuously striving to improve access to safe water and sanitation;

2.    Highlight the impacts of climate on access to safe water and sanitation;

3.    Take lead roles in the planning and implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures;

4.    Help build professional capacity both in developed and developing countries; and

5.    Help extend exemplary codes of practice, registration and training from the developed to other parts of the globe.

To read the SNIPEF World Plumbing Day Press release, click here

Scottish Water Supports World Plumbing Day

John Rae, Water Operations General Manager from Scottish Water said:

”The supply of safe and wholesome drinking water is of paramount importance to Scottish Water and we support the aims and ambitions of World Plumbing Day. It is only right to record and support the important role that the plumbing industry, along with Scottish Water, plays in keeping us safe and healthy”.

Northern Ireland Water supports World Plumbing Day

NI Water is also fully supportive of the upcoming World Plumbing day and Michael McGreevy Water Regulations manager said:

“NI Water, like other water suppliers provides high quality wholesome water to our customers, safeguarding the quality of drinking water and public health is of the utmost importance to us.  To this end, we fully support the upcoming initiative that is World Plumbing Day in helping underpin water quality and safety.”


Good Plumbing is the KEY to Good Health

World Plumbing Day is celebrated on 11 March each year as a means of promoting the important role played by the plumbing industry throughout the world.

Although we tend to take access to good quality water supply and sanitation systems for granted in the United Kingdom, many parts of the world still face the tragedy of death and disease as a direct consequence of the lack of access to basic plumbing systems. The World Health Organisation has estimated that around 1 billion people worldwide still do not have access to safe water supplies and 2.6 billion (about one third of the world’s total population) do not have access to basic sanitation systems. It is believed that over 3 million children die every year as a result of preventable water-borne diseases.

In the United Kingdom, it is legally possible for anyone to practise as a plumber whether or not they have been trained or hold the qualifications which have been recognised by the industry. Television programmes regularly publicise the activities of so called “rogue traders”, many of which are in the plumbing business. Although the numbers may not be on the scale of those in developing world, people have died and others have become seriously ill as a consequence of plumbing work which has not been undertaken competently and professionally.

Organisations like SNIPEF are proud to promote World Plumbing Day. Over many years, SNIPEF has been campaigning to promote the importance of professional plumbing in initiatives such as:


  • The management of virtually all plumbing apprenticeship training in Scotland helping apprentices to reach the SVQ Level 3 qualification required to operate as a plumber;
  • The creation of the Plumbing Industry Licensing Scheme which gives customers and clients assurances that work will be carried out in accordance with regulatory requirements, by qualified operatives employed by businesses which have met the strict licensing criteria. This scheme is backed by a unique independent complaints mechanism backed by a no-cost warranty arrangement;
  • Creation of an Approved Certifier of Construction Scheme which enables firms to self-certify that their work meets the requirements of the Building Regulations; and
  • Membership of and involvement in the World Plumbing Council.

On World Plumbing Day, 11 March, please take a moment to think about the critical role played by SNIPEF, its members and others aiming to promote excellence in the plumbing industry and consider what life might be like if we did not enjoy access to the professional plumbing facilities which are widely available to us.

MCS Water Support World Plumbing Day

March 11 is recognised around the world as World Plumbing Day. To support the day, MCS has placed a message of support on their website.

World Plumbing Day Video

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) have created a 30 second video featuring World Plumbing Day. Click here to view it.

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