Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health


I am delighted to be addressing the Members for this first time as Chair of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) in our revamped Review. I hope you find this an informative read with valuable updates on the work of the WPC, as well as other relevant industry information.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of the Executive Board (EB) Directors 2013 – 2016. In particular, I would like to thank Chair, Sudhakaran Nair, who led the EB with great dedication through this term. I also want to thank the retiring Directors, Allen Inlow, Steve Brown, Elmar Esser, Mingjiu Hua, Jim Kendzel and Mike Massey for their commitment to the WPC.



The scope of the 2017 World Plumbing Day (WPD) celebration continues to grow, with different organizations sending in reports of their various activities.

Click the "Read More" to view a summary of those reports.

WPC Members, please complete this survey, which aims to gather information about how WPD is organized in the WPC's Member countries. Your contribution will help set up this event in different nations.



WPD 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia was marked with the exclusive unveiling of the Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 (CPC2017). Approximately 150 representatives of the Indonesian Plumbing Industry, plus other governmental delegates, were present at the 4th Annual IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference to hear IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney, announce that Cicau Village, in Cikarang, Bekasi (West Java) will play host to the next edition of the program. CPC2017 aims to introduce a ground-breaking, longer-term village sanitation corporate social responsibility initiative in the surrounding region.

In the weeks since this announcement, an extensive sponsorship and partnership framework has been released by the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH); the organization primarily responsible for the delivery of the CPC initiative. Details for international plumbing and related industry organizations to become official CPC2017 partners at Platinum, Gold and Silver levels – as well as, for individuals and other SMEs who wish to support with smaller donations – can be found at iwsh.org/donate.



The next WPC General Membership Meeting, along with a forum on plumbing training, will take place on 19 October 2017 and will coincide with the next WorldSkills Competition. This is a great opportunity to see the next generation of plumbers demonstrate their skills to an international audience. What better way could there be to promote the WPC's message of the "role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment by uniting the plumbing industry for the benefit of all?"

The General Meeting will take place in the morning, with presentations and discussion focused on best-practice plumbing training and standards from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The WorldSkills Plumbing Skills Competition will start on 15 October and conclude 19 October 2017. During the competition, Honorary Individual Memberships will be presented to WorldSkills plumbing competitors and sponsoring organizations will receive Honorary Affiliate Memberships.

Holding the General Meeting alongside the WorldSkills Competition strengthens the organizational and personal links between the WPC and WorldSkills. The further development of these links with the central secretariat of WorldSkills and its 77 affiliated national level organizations is potentially valuable in a number of ways, including the advancement of the WPC's goal of improving the standard of plumbing training worldwide.


Commencing 14 October 2017, more than 1,300 apprentices from 51 different skill sets will represent their country or region in the world's largest skills competition. WorldSkills brings youth, industries, and educators together to give young people the chance to compete, experience and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice.

Founded in 1950, WorldSkills is a global organization that promotes vocational, technological, and service-oriented education and training. It promotes skilled careers in 76 member countries and regions, all working with youths, educators, governments, and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.



The WPC held its General Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, on 13 March 2017. The meeting was well attended, as many Members were exhibiting at ISH Messe Frankfurt in the following days. The ISH exposition team provided the meeting space and other arrangements. The WPC and ISH have long been partners in promoting the same important role the plumbing industry plays in health and safety.

Several members were acknowledged for their service rendered.



Of key importance from the 12 March 2017 WPC EB Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, is the establishment of nine portfolios, each of which is headed by a Director. The Strategic and Business Plan Summary document provided to the Board was intended to capture and advance the work carried out at the Strategic Planning Meeting held in Hong Kong in December 2016.

The nine portfolio plans, with their specified accountabilities and outlined actions, focus on the implementation of the strategic imperatives discussed in Hong Kong through the current EB's term ending in 2019. The overall structure shown in the last page of the document summarizes the intended operation of the WPC over the next three years. Directors also have shorter-term action plans for their portfolios.



The WPC's Strategy and Business Plan for the 2013-2016 Term lays out a clear Vision and Mission Statement to guide the Council's activities. The Business Plan was centred around nine strategic objectives, with various committees established to pursue their achievement and to advance other important WPC initiatives.

During a specially convened strategic planning session on 5 – 6 December 2016 in Hong Kong, the EB endorsed and reconfirmed the strategy's Vision and Mission Statement elements, while reorganizing and consolidating the downstream elements. The existing nine strategic objectives were then combined into newly identified areas of focus and mapped against three new Strategic Imperatives. This allowed for the establishment of Portfolios of Responsibility for each EB Member.



The World Plumbing Council only exists because of the Members who serve the Organization. The 13 March 2017 meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, provided an opportunity to honour some of these noteworthy Members.

Acknowledgements were given to previous Chairman, Mr Sudhakaran Nair and six recent former Directors – Messrs Steve Brown, Elmar Esser, Mingjiu Hua, Allan Inlow, Jim Kendzel and Mike Massey – and Mr Stuart Henry for his service as Council Secretariat, Chairman and Vice Chairman.



The WPC has a strong social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, and recently added LinkedIn to the list. The WPC shares useful content with its followers, such as exchanging new ideas to improve public health and the environment and highlighting the important role plumbing plays in the health, safety and sustainability of our community every year on WPD, 11 March.

The goal of sharing information on social media is to not only establish an audience consisting of organizations or individuals involved in the water, sanitation, and hygiene industry, but to urge them to share and talk about these topics on social media.

We urge you to connect with the WPC on your preferred social media platform today!



ISH Shanghai & CIHE 2017 
Shanghai, China, 5 to 7 September 2017 

WorldSkills Competition
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14 to 19 October 2017

World Plumbing Council General Meeting & Training Forum 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 19 October 2017

Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 
Jakarta, Indonesia, 5 to 10 November

2018 Emerging Water Technology Symposium 
Ontario, California USA, 15 to 16 May 2018



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