World Plumbing Day
World Plumbing Day
Learn more about World Plumbing Day and the “Water for Life” initiative. World Plumbing Day is designed to increase awareness regarding the lack of clean water for many populations world-wide and the importance of making changes – globally.
March 11, 2013 was designated as World Plumbing Day. The United Nations declared 2005-2015 as the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” focusing on international water related issues. The goal is to supply 97 million people annually and 138 million people sanitation services through 2015.
World-wide preventable diseases related to water and sanitation claim the lives of over 3.1 million people per year, about 354 people per hour. What can be done to prevent this? From toilets and sewage systems to hand-washing and purified drinking water, with increased awareness and the Water for Life initiative – we can help to prevent the spread of bacteria and disease through existing contaminated water sources.
How big is the problem? As of 2008, 18% of the world’s population was defecating outside. Under these circumstances, it is common for these natural water sources to be contaminated by human waste. Contaminated water causes water-born diseases like Cholera, Hepatitis which have caused millions of deaths each year.
Clean Water – The Basics
Toilets and sewage systems— The U.S. has over 18,000 municipal wastewater treatment facilities serving 75% of the U.S. population, the remaining 25% utilizes septic and other on-site systems. These filtration systems are essential aspects to healthy living and clean water that simply aren’t available to those in third-world countries.
Prevention is also key when water waste is a reality. In a world where water is a necessity, it is important understand the plumbing in your home when addressing wasted water issues.
Hand Washing– Having the basic ability to wash your hands with clean water can prevent the spread of bacteria and illness.
Purified Drinking Water: In the U.S., the public drinking water system provides treated drinking water to 90% of the population. In other parts of the world, usable drinking water isn’t available at all.