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News Archive 2010

PLATFORM ON EUROPEAN PLUMBING
Benny Wielandt, the Danish winner of the 2008 World Plumbing Council Scholarship, has provided details of a new website which contains information on the way in which the plumbing industry is organised in Europe. Pipeline Europe is described as “a platform of links to information in English on the history of plumbing and on the plumbing sector in Europe and around the world.”

WORLD PLUMBING COUNCIL PROGRESS REPORT: SEPTEMBER 2010
The current Executive Board of the World Plumbing Council was elected for a three-year term in Calgary in September 2011. This report has been prepared for members and summarises the activities of the Executive Board since the Progress Report dated February 2010.

WPC HOLDS SUCCESSFUL MEETING IN BUENOS AIRES
For the first time in its 20 year history, the World Plumbing Council has held a General Meeting in South America. The meeting- in Buenos Aires, Argentina- took place from 13-15 October 2010 and was attended by representatives of 8 countries.

AUSTRALIAN AWARDED WPC EDUCATION AND TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP 2010
Robert Goodchild, a Principal Trainer/Lecturer with MPA Skills in Maylands, Western Australia, has been awarded the prestigious WPC Education and Training Scholarship for 2010. The Scholarship is worth up to US$10,000 and allows the recipient to conduct a study tour to another country.

9th WORLD PLUMBING CONFERENCE - CALL FOR PAPERS
The organizers of the next World Plumbing Conference which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland from 7-11 September 2011 invite speakers to submit proposals for papers and presentations which might be made at the event.

WPC WELCOMES UN DECLARATION ON WATER AND SANITATION
Chairman of the World Plumbing Council, Robert Burgon, has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 July 2010 of a resolution recognizing access to clean water and sanitation as a human right. The resolution is calling on States and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and transfer technology, particularly to developing countries, in scaling up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.

WPC GENERAL MEETING OCTOBER 2010 – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
A General Meeting of the World Plumbing Council will be held on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 October 2010 in the Meeting Room at the Hilton Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Meeting papers and full Agenda will be circulated to Members closer to the meeting date. For more details, go to the Events page.

WPC PUBLISHES ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF PLUMBING
The World Plumbing Council is pleased to announce the online publication of the first issue of “Environmental Aspects of Plumbing” (EAP). This publication which has been compiled by WPC Executive Board Directors Blane Judd (UK) and  Richard J Prospal (USA), demonstrates the important role played by today’s plumbing industry in a wide range of environmental issues.

EAP (which is seen as a companion document to the existing WPC/World Health Organisation publication, “Health Aspects of Plumbing” (HAP)), will be updated regularly and future editions will include case study contributions which are now being invited.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 9TH WORLD PLUMBING CONFERENCE- EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Registrations and hotel bookings are now being accepted for the 9th World Plumbing Conference to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 7-11 September 2011. For details please go to www.wpc2011.co.uk.

WPC LAUNCHES EDUCATION AND TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2010
The World Plumbing Council is pleased to invite applications for its 2010 Education and Training Scholarship. The Scholarship (which has been renamed after a review) is available to anyone involved in plumbing industry education and training. The award for 2010, which is worth a maximum of US$10,000, will enable the successful applicant to travel to another country to investigate aspects of industry education and training.
 
WPC Chairman, Robert Burgon commented:” The WPC has previously awarded six Scholarships which have allowed individuals involved in industry training to travel to a range of countries and see how industry training is managed. We have reviewed the terms of the award and believe that this significant Scholarship should lead to benefits for industry education and training worldwide. We look forward to receiving a good number of quality applications before the closing date of 31 July 2010.”

Download the Scholarship Application Package

EXECUTIVE BOARD PUBLISHES PROGRESS REPORT
The WPC Executive Board presented its latest Progress Report at the recent meeting of the organization in Sydney, Australia. The Progress Report (which follows an earlier report in September 2009) outlines achievements relating to the Strategic Plan for the organization for the three-year period 2008-2011. The next report is due to be presented to the WPC meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2010.

MESSE FRANKFURT SUPPORTS WORLD PLUMBING DAY
“I can only congratulate the initiators on their idea of holding a World Plumbing Day and, therefore, of emphasizing the importance of the plumbing industry in terms of health care and environmental protection..."

SCOTTISH SCHOOL PUPILS DESIGN WORLD PLUMBING DAY POSTERS

Eight-year old school pupils at a school in East Lothian, Scotland, recently designed posters highlighting the first ever World Plumbing Day which will take place on 11 March 2010.

The invitation to design posters was made when WPC Chairman Robert Burgon spoke to the pupils in December 2009 about the health aspects of plumbing. He had been invited to the school to support the work which was being done there on the health issues of water. During his presentation he mentioned World Plumbing Day and asked the 90 pupils to come up with a poster which could promote the Day.

Robert Burgon chose 5 “winning” posters out of all those submitted and the successful pupils were presented with certificates, books and posters. He commented: “it was really encouraging to see the results of this exercise and many of the pupils had clearly listened carefully to the short presentation which I made. There was an interesting range of images used ranging from the most famous plumber in the world (Super Mario) to quite strong messages about the health dangers of dirty water. I think that these children all really understand the important link between water, sanitation, health and the plumbing industry."

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER PRESENTS HIS REPORT
Danish Plumbing teacher Benny Wielandt, who won the 2008 WPC Lecturers’/Trainers’ Scholarship, has now submitted the report of his Scholarship visit to Thailand which he made in August 2009.

WHO AND WPC KEY ISSUES PAPER
The World Plumbing Council (WPC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have agreed on the text of a Key Issues paper on “Regulating for Health Aspects of Plumbing”.

WORLD PLUMBING DAY WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Following its decision to celebrate the first ever World Plumbing Day on 11 March 2010, the World Plumbing Council has launched a special website for the Day. (www.worldplumbingday.org)

DANISH PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS UNION JOINS WPC
The World Plumbing Council is pleased to welcome the Danish Plumbers and Pipefitters Union (Blik- og Rørarbejderforbundet) as a new Full Member.  The new member had been introduced to WPC by the recent WPC Scholarship recipient, Benny Wielandt of Denmark.

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