Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health
THE CHAIRMAN - SHAYNE LA COMBRE
the seven months since the prior General Meeting, the Executive
Board has focused on improving the performance of the World
Plumbing Council (WPC) and addressing fundamental questions
about the Council's mission and its focus on outcomes.
I am pleased to report we have taken important steps in
identifying and pursuing worthwhile contributions to the global
plumbing industry and the broader community, including:
- the WPC's new drive to gain more effective operating
frameworks for plumbing industries – the Four
Pillars of Plumbing initiative
- an upgrade in the WPC's longstanding commitment to
developing a better community awareness of the
beneficial impacts of the plumbing industry –
i.e. an enhancement of the Council's support for World
Plumbing Day celebrations globally
- a stronger and better designed WPC scholarships
program commencing in 2018 along with plans for
larger scale contributions to plumber training and education
- ongoing progress in WPC adding value as a communications
hub for the plumbing industry at a global level
- giving financial and in-kind support to plumbing-related
community development projects – in particular
the Community Plumbing Challenge program managed by
the International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Foundation
- working to improve the Council's support for plumbing
industry research and innovation
- developing plans aimed at the WPC becoming the global
level body recognising outstanding contributions
in the world of plumbing.
A further pleasing and very recent development is the 26
November appointment of Mr BSA Narayan to the WPC Executive
Board, representing the Indian Plumbing Association - see the
newsletter article below.
On 18 October 2017 the Executive Board held a meeting
in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The meeting
was very productive, with important decisions being made in
relation to the operations of the World Plumbing Council in key
portfolios and programs.
The Chair and other Directors reported on activities and
initiatives - both underway and in the planning phase - relating
to Four Pillars of Plumbing, World Plumbing Day, WPC
scholarships for plumbing trainers, communications, Community
Plumbing Challenge, membership administration, alliances
with related organizations and more. Subsequent newsletter
articles covering the General Meeting and specific WPC
portfolios give details about current operations and planning
for the World Plumbing Council.
Several days prior to the Executive Board meeting Mr John
Joseph resigned as a WPC Director, as he is no longer a member
of the National Executive Committee of the Indian Plumbing
Association. At both the Executive Board meeting and at
the General Meeting, the Chair expressed thanks to John Joseph
for his valuable contribution the Executive Board, the World
Plumbing Council and the plumbing industry more broadly.
The World Plumbing Council held a General Meeting in
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in the morning of 19 October
2017. The Chair and Directors reported on WPC
activities over the seven months since the prior General Meeting
and canvassed present and future challenges and priorities for
Most of the agenda for the meeting was addressed through
reports from the Chair and other Executive Board members for
their individual portfolios of responsibility. The reports and
other discussion in the meeting are summarised below, and
several portfolios are discussed in more detail in newsletter
articles which follow.
DHABI FOUR PILLARS OF PLUMBING PRESENTATIONS
The World Plumbing Council wants strong industry frameworks
for plumbing industries, and the Council believes plumbing
industries can achieve better frameworks by learning from each
The Four Pillars event in Abu Dhabi consisted of
presentations from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Brazil,
Canada, India, the USA and Australia. Click on Read More
for a summary of the presentations and links to the presentation
FOUR PILLARS OF PLUMBING EVENTS
Two major Four Pillars of Plumbing events have
already been planned for 2018.
The first is at the Double Tree Hilton in Ontario
California on 17 May 2018. This event will focus on the
Products dimension of the Four Pillars
A brief (8.00am to 10.00am) General Meeting of the World
Plumbing Council will also be held on 17 May, immediately prior
to the Forum. In addition, during the week beginning 14 May the
Double Tree Hilton will also host the Emerging Water
Technology Symposium (15-16 May), IAPMO
Hearings for the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform
Mechanical Code (15-18 May) and a meeting of the Plumbing
Industry Leadership Council (17 May).
The second event is a two day Indian Plumbing
Conference with a Four Pillars of Plumbing theme
being held by the Indian Plumbing Association, with support from
the World Plumbing Council, at the Nehru Science Centre
during 26 and 27 October 2018 in Mumbai.
The Mumbai conference will have four streams covering all four 'Pillars'
- Participation, Practices, Products and Protection.
Conference organisers will target Asia, Oceania and Middle East
participation as well as inviting international speakers
presenting best practice models.
The Indian Plumbing Association is intending a major event,
with more than 1,000 participants and large number of exhibitors.
The IPA will arrange a partner program and is considering making
arrangements for post-conference trips to the nearby beautiful
city of Goa.
The Mumbai Four Pillars Conference will be preceded
by an Executive Board meeting and a WPC General Meeting in the
morning and afternoon of 25 October respectively.
OF BSA NARAYAN TO THE WPC EXECUTIVE BOARD
WPC Chair and other members of the Executive Board have
congratulated Mr BSA Narayan on his appointment as a WPC
Director. Mr Narayan is a founding Member and current Vice
President of the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and was
nominated for the position by the President of the IPA Mr Gurmit
Singh. The nomination period closed 25 November 2017 and, as the
only nominee, Mr Narayan was immediately appointed.
BSA Narayan brings a wealth of technical expertise, plumbing
industry knowledge and plumbing association experience to the
Director position. He is Managing Director of Maple-Engg Design
Services in Bengaluru and holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor
of Civil Engineering degrees. He is a Life Member of the
Association of Consulting Civil Engineers, a Member of the
Institute of Engineers and a Fellow of the UK Chartered
Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers. Mr Narayan was
nominated to the Bureau Of Indian Standards in 2012 to carry out
a revision of the National Building Code-India and successfully
completed the revision in 2016. He heads the Technical committee
of the Indian Plumbing Association.
OF JOHN JOSEPH SERVICE
As noted above in the report of the 18 October meeting of the
WPC Executive Board, Mr John Joseph resigned as a WPC Director
several days prior to the Executive Board meeting.
At both the Executive Board meeting and the General Meeting,
on behalf of the World Plumbing Council as a whole, the Chair
Shayne La Combre expressed sincere thanks to John Joseph for his
long involvement with the Council and his valuable service on
the Executive Board. The Chair will write to Mr Joseph and the
Council will issue a certificate of service in appreciation of
his important contribution to the WPC and the plumbing industry
PLUMBING AND HEATING COMPETITORS AND SUPPORTERS
International held another outstanding WorldSkills Competition, in
Abu Dhabi from October 14 to 18 2017. The event
showcased the talents and training of 1,300 young people from 59
WorldSkills Member countries across 51 skills competitions. This
was the first time the WorldSkills Competition has been held in
the Middle East region.
In the Plumbing and Heating event, two Gold Medals,
four Bronze Medals and nine Medallions for Excellence were
The Gold Medal winners were Armin Taxer of Austria and Marcel
Wyss of Switzerland. The Bronze Medal winners were Nima
Hosseinpoursaloukolaei (Iran), Hyeongwook Kim (Korea), Björn
Landin (Sweden) and Daniel Martins (United Kingdom).
The World Plumbing Council congratulates all those who
competed in the Plumbing & Heating event.
for all of the Competition results.
The next WorldSkills Competition will be held in
Kazan Russia in 2019 and the WPC urges plumbing industries
worldwide to enter a Competitor. The WorldSkills event
in Abu Dhabi was an outstanding success. At the Closing Ceremony
in the du Arena, the Competitors, their support teams, 10,000
international visitors and an online global audience discovered
who had won the coveted gold, silver, and bronze WorldSkills
RECOGNITION OF PLUMBING AND HEATING COMPETITORS AND SUPPORTERS
At the October WorldSkills event in Abu Dhabi, WPC Chair
Shayne La Combre presented WPC medallions and honorary WPC
Individual memberships to all Competitors and Experts in the
Plumbing & Heating event category.
The WPC also recognises that the WorldSkills events would not
be the success they are without the individuals and
organisations that support, sponsor and encourage competitors to
achieve their best. Accordingly this year the WPC extended its
recognition program for the WorldSkills Competition to include
the competitors' employers, the competitors' training providers
and the corporate sponsors of the event. These organizations
were awarded honorary WPC Affiliate memberships.
PLUMBING CHALLENGE IN INDONESIA AND FUTURE PROJECTS
The international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC) is an
annual event held by the International Water, Sanitation and
Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) The IWSH Foundation was established by
the IAPMO Group and is actively supported by the World Plumbing
Council along with other supporters and sponsors.
CPC 2017 took place in Cicau Village, Cikarang, Bekasi, West
Java Indonesia. This CPC had two stages, beginning with the
Design Week in August and culminating with the Construction Week
9 to 15 November. CPC 2017 was a great success, significantly
improving water supply, sanitation and hygiene provision for a
school with 300 students that has lacked adequate facilities.
See the outstanding video of Construction Week at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFWUXyOoI4w.
The video was produced by a team from the School of Science
& Technology in Singapore, who have also been responsible
for the videos at prior CPCs. Further information on IWSH
activities is available at www.iwsh.org/.
ROLE IN COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: WPC MEETING WITH
SANITATION AND WATER FOR ALL
Improvements in water and sanitation services, particularly
in less developed countries, are being pursued by a large number
of global, national and local bodies, ranging from the United
Nations to Rotary Clubs.
What is the World Plumbing Council's role in plumbing-related
community and economic development?
SUPPORT FOR WORLD PLUMBING DAY CELEBRATIONS
When the WPC Executive Board met in Abu Dhabi in October, the
Directors confirmed their intention to refresh the Council's
approach to World Plumbing Day celebrations. For the 2018 World
Plumbing Day, the WPC will hold two new competitions:
- best video of World Plumbing Day celebrations by a WPC
- most innovative promotion of the plumbing industry's vital
contribution to well-being and health by a WPC Member.
The prize for best video is US$2,500 and the prize for most
innovative promotion of the plumbing industry's contribution is
US$1,000. The WPC will also issue award certificates and give
recognition to the winners. We are redesigning and producing new
WPC support materials for World Plumbing Day celebrations,
including car stickers, brochures and a poster. These materials
and a Chair's Message for the 2018 World Plumbing Day will be
available no later than the end of January.
The World Plumbing Council offers two scholarship
opportunities, one for applicants from Developed Countries (Education
and Training Scholarship) and another for Developing or Least
Developed Countries, which is generously sponsored by the United
All members of the plumbing industry are invited to apply for
these scholarship programs. Each of the scholarships provides up
to US$10,000 in funding to cover approved expenses. The 2016
Scholarship winners (who undertook their international studies
in 2017), both made excellent use of their opportunity.
Click on READ MORE below for more on the Scholarship Program,
the activities undertaken by the 2016 recipients and commentary
about future directions of the Scholarship Program.
The WPC is exploring ways to better harness and expand its
communication network, so that it can more effectively promote
the work of the Council and the role of plumbing in human and
environmental health more broadly.
DRIVE TO UPGRADE PLUMBING SKILLS IN INDIA
India's massive population continues to increase and its
economy is growing rapidly, resulting in huge challenges for its
already over-stretched – and in some areas non-existent –
sanitation and water supply systems. Growing the skills base of
the Indian plumbing industry workforce and the consequent
ability to install and maintain sanitation and water services
are crucial for India's national development. The industry is
aiming at increasing plumbing apprenticeships from 500,000 in
2016-17 to 1,500,000 in 2018-19.
SEMINAR ON WATER SUPPLY AND DRAINAGE
On 6 September 2017, the Military and Civilian Integration's
Water Supply & Drainage Seminar was held in Shanghai. The
event was organized by the Plumbing Facilities Committee of the
China Construction Metal Structure Association, an active Full
Member of the World Plumbing Council.
The event featured a series of presentations from industry
experts and sponsoring organizations. Mr. Liu Jian, Chairman of
the Plumbing Facilities Committee and a Director on the World
Plumbing Council Executive Board gave the opening speech at the
Seminar. The seminar was attended by many prominent figures in
the water supply and drainage sector in China.
TOILET DAY SUMMIT, MELBOURNE 20-21 NOVEMBER 2017
The World Toilet Organization and the Australian Water
Association held the 16th World Toilet Day Summit in
Melbourne Australia over November 21st and 22nd 2017. The Chair
and Secretariat of the World Plumbing Council attended the event
and other participants included a wide range of experts and key
stakeholders in the global water and sanitation services sector.
The outstanding set of speakers at the Summit included
representatives from: WaterAid Australia; Water, Sanitation,
Hygiene and Health unit, World Health Organization; Monash
Sustainable Development Institute; Urban Development Department,
State of Maharashtra, India; Australian Department of Foreign
Affairs & Trade; UNICEF; Water & Sanitation Rotarian
Action Group and Sydney Water.
The presentations are available at https://awa.sharefile.com/app/#/share/view/sb7b7609f8b74bd2b?.
REPORT ON THE GLOBAL STATUS OF SANITATION SERVICES
WaterAid recently released a new report, Out of Order.
The State of the World's Toilets 2017, describing the
status of sanitation services globally – see www.wateraid.org.
The report draws on the powerful information collected by the
World Health Organization-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (see
and an impressive range of other sources to highlight the
challenges and successes of countries working to improve
CULTURE AND ITS BENEFITS – AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PLUMBING INDUSTRY
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is a trade
association of plumbing product manufacturers. Its member
companies produce most of the plumbing products in the United
States. It functions as a sounding board for its members, a
source for industry and market information, and as a
coordinating and decision-making body for dealing with industry
issues. It is active in many arenas as it helps develop and
maintain standards and codes, and it works closely with US
government agencies at all levels – federal, state and local.
As outlined in an excellent article contributed by Ray Valek,
of the PMI's communications team, the PMI has an increasingly
important role to play in fostering and driving a 'safety
culture' for plumbing products and systems. This is especially
true in light of the Flint Michigan water crisis, where, like in
virtually all post-industrial societies, access to safe drinking
water had been taken for granted.
BACKFLOW – EDUCATION AND TRAINING IS THE KEY
The concept of backflow prevention is quite simple, yet to
truly understand it in the context of cross connection control,
and have the knowledge and skill to test and repair backflow
devices, requires a high level of ongoing training, writes Peter
McLennan, President of the Backflow Prevention Association of
Australia. Peter McLennan, an Individual Member of the World
Plumbing Council, has been involved with backflow prevention
since the late 1980's. See www.bpaa.org.au.
The European Bathroom Forum (EBF) was established in 2017 to
promote the creation of an environmental Water Label for the
bathroom space. The aim of this label is ensuring end users have
reliable and updated information about the performance of
bathroom products in matters such as water and energy
consumption. The EBF is comprised of 57 European manufacturers
and nine trade bodies and associations from the bathroom
This initiative by the bathroom industry has been conceived
with the aim of contributing to the global goals of the European
Commission in the field of sustainability and efficiency related
to water and energy consumption. The EBF took a major step
forward during the CERSAIE Ceramic Fair in Bologna, Italy in
BURGON ANNOUNCED AS MASTER OF WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF PLUMBERS
The World Plumbing Council congratulates Robert Burgon, on
being appointed Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers for
2017-18. The Worshipful Company of Plumbers is one of the most
ancient of the Livery Companies of the City of London, having
served the City and the craft of plumbing continuously for over
650 years. Robert served as Chair of the World Plumbing Council
for the 2008 to 2011 period, following six years of service as a
member of the Executive Board. Robert was Chief Executive of the
Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation for
28 years, as well as making other major contributions to the
United Kingdom plumbing industry.
ISH India Powered by IPA, 22-24 February 2018,
Bangalore International Exhibition Centre India
India Powered by IPA is a
collaborative venture between Messe Frankfurt and the Indian
Plumbing Association, India's national body representing the
The second edition of ISH India powered by IPA will
be held 22 to 24 February 2018 at
Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, alongside leading
existing exhibition organizers and industry bodies such as Acrex
India and Fire & Safety India Expo in collaboration with
ISHRAE (Indian Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers),
Fire & Safety Association of India and NürnbergMesse coming
together with a vision to create 'Build Fair Alliance'
in accordance with Indian government's development vision for
World Plumbing Day Celebration, 9 March 2018, PICAC,
The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) will again
host a large event celebrating World Plumbing Day at its 306
Albert Street Brunswick premises on Friday 9 March 2018.
World Plumbing Day Breakfast, 9 March 2018, Master
Plumbers Queensland, Brisbane Australia
Master Plumbers Queensland will host its fourth breakfast event
celebrating World Plumbing Day from 6.30am to 8.30am on Friday 9
March 2018, with an expected attendance of more than 300 people.
Further details will be available on www.mpaq.com.au
closer to the date of the event.
Emerging Water Technology Symposium, 15-16 May 2018,
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers, the Alliance for
Water Efficiency, the International Association of Plumbing and
Mechanical Officials and Plumbing Manufacturers International,
in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council, will convene the
sixth biennial Emerging
Water Technology Symposium at the Double Tree
Hilton in Ontario, California, on 15-16 May 2018.
World Plumbing Council General
Meeting and Four Pillars of Plumbing Forum, 17 May
2018, Ontario California
On Thursday 17 May 2018 at the Double Tree Hilton in Ontario
California, the World Plumbing Council will first hold a brief
General Meeting (8.00am-10.00am) and then conduct a Four
Pillars of Plumbing Forum until 5.00pm, focused on the
products dimension of plumbing industry frameworks.
World Plumbing Council General
Meeting, 25 October 2018, Mumbai India
The World Plumbing Council will hold a General Meeting in Mumbai
India from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on 25 October 2018.
Indian Plumbing Association 25th Indian Plumbing
Conference, 26–27 October 2018, Mumbai India
The Indian Plumbing Association, with support from the World
Plumbing Council, will hold a two day Indian Plumbing
Conference with a Four Pillars of Plumbing theme
at the Nehru Science Centre during 26
and 27 October 2018 in Mumbai. The Mumbai conference
will have four streams covering all four 'Pillars' - Participation,
Practices, Products and Protection. More than
1,000 participants and large number of exhibitors are expected.
The IPA will arrange accommodation packages and a partner
World Plumbing Council 12th Triennial World Plumbing
Conference, 11-13 September 2019, Melbourne Australia
This three day conference will be based on the WPC's Four
Pillars of Plumbing program. The theme will be 'How to
build a successful plumbing industry'.
Frankfurt, 11-15 March 2019, Frankfurt
The next ISH, the world's leading trade fair for the combination
of water and energy, will be held from 11 to 15
March 2019. ISH will begin on Monday, instead of
Tuesday as in the past. The fair will be open to private
visitors on the last day, Friday.
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