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Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletter N° 176 / 10 March 2014

Launch of WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies

WHO recently launched the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (“the Scheme”). The main objectives of the Scheme are to promote and coordinate independent and consistent testing and evaluation of HWT products based on WHO health-based performance criteria and to support governments in related technical capacity building activities.  The call for submissions for the Round I of testing has been issued and products that meet minimum criteria will be send to one of two designated testing laboratories for evaluation. For more information on the Scheme, including testing protocols and a new report on demand for testing, please visit: http://www.who.int/household_water/scheme/en/ 
 
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Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Meeting Reports available 
Reports on chemical and microbial aspects, cross-cutting issues, and chemical mixtures, arising from 2-5 December 2013 Geneva meetings now available at: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/meeting_reports/en/
 
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Batsirai Majuru joined WSH in March 2014.  She will be working on a number of water quality efforts, including the newly established WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies and the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage.  She has research and work experience in water, hygiene and health in Southern Africa, where she focused on the health impacts of intermittent water supplies.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health from Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa.

Nikki Beetsch was seconded from NSF International to the WSH in June 2013 to contribute to WSH efforts on water quality and specifically regulation and evaluation of household water treatment technologies. Ms Beetsch brings to WHO 15 years of experience in the product development, testing, certification and management of water quality and purification device testing protocols for household, commercial, and emergency application. Nikki holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science/Biology from Wright State University (USA) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University (USA).
 
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WHO Collaborating Centre launches online courses on water and sanitation 
Eawag/Sandec, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Sanitation and Water in Developing Countries, is launching a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) series on water and sanitation in developing countries in collaboration with the Swiss university EPFL. The first instalment in the series, “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS)” will start on 7 April 2014 and run for five weeks. Participation in the MOOC is free of charge. For further information and to register for the course, please go to:  www.coursera.org/course/hwts


Young talents tackle Water Innovation Challenge at Singapore International Water Week, 3-5 June 2014

The United Nations declared 2005-2015 an International Decade for Action, in which a global “Water for Life” agenda focused on increased attention to water related issues. By including safe drinking water supply and sanitation in the Millennium Development Goals, the global community recognized their critical importance and the role they play in ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all peoples of the world.

While many parts of the world enjoy access to clean water and effective sanitation provided by a skilled and professional plumbing workforce, the above statement reveals that many global communities are trapped in a vicious cycle of disease, poor health, deprivation and death.

WorldSkills Foundation’s Water Innovation Challenge – supported by the World Plumbing Council – will bring together a group of international, multi-discipline teams of Plumbers and Engineers under the age of 26 to participate in a series of hands-on design challenges and practical tasks. During three days of intense competition, the teams will develop a series of real and innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in two developing countries: Nepal and Bangladesh. Solutions created during the Water Innovation Challenge will go on to be implemented by the winning team in either of our Nepal and Bangladesh ‘Sanitation Studio’ programmes – a partnership between Australian NGO Healthabitat and WorldSkills Foundation. Design toolkits created by these teams will also be made available for other NGOs or international development organizations for further use in their own plumbing and sanitation development works around the world. By taking part in our inaugural event, our teams will demonstrate that an idea combined with the necessary technical knowledge and hands-on ability can take a young Plumbing apprentice anywhere in the world, where their skills can really make a difference.

The Water Innovation Challenge will be hosted from 3-5 June 2014 in the Central Amphitheatre at ITE College East (Institute of Technical Education), Singapore; a co-located event of Singapore International Water Week (1-5 June 2014).

The Challenge will be further complimented by a showcase of new Virtual 3D Learning tools created as part of the WorldSkills Foundation–ITE Singapore Innovation Lab project: Virtual Reality training applications for Plumbing and Sanitation, designed for the use of over 500 students in the Higher Nitec Facilities Management courses across ITE.

The World Health Organization has declared Plumbers the most important front line health workers around the globe. Many people appreciate that when they have easy access to clean water in basins, taps and toilets that much of the technical and practical skill required to provide these services happen behind the scenes. This “hidden” work – carried out by Plumbers – meets the essential standards and requirements demanded by our daily lives, especially when living in close communities.

WorldSkills Foundation and the World Plumbing Council have chosen World Plumbing Day 2014 – March 11, every year, everywhere – as an appropriate day to launch this exciting Water Innovation Challenge event.


Water for Indonesia Now World plumbing Day event March 11, 2014 • Jakarta, Indonesia

A public outreach event to create awareness for citizens of Indonesia on the importance of plumbing standardization to improve sanitation and water within Indonesia.

Join us to celebrate the work being accomplished on the development of the Indonesian National Standard for plumbing, highlighting the need for standardization across the plumbing industry from standards to certification and how this project will have an immediate impact on each and every citizen within Indonesia.

Download the PDF for full details.

2013 World Plumbing Council Education & Training Scholarship
The World Plumbing Council Chairman, Mr. Russ Chaney has launched the WPC Education and Training Scholarship for 2013, inviting plumbing industry personnel involved in industry training to make an application for this rewarding industry Scholarship. The successful applicant can receive up to US$10,000 in funding to travel to another country or countries to learn about how plumbing training is conducted and to share innovative ideas and techniques.

2013 World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition
The World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition created a great deal of interest from elementary/primary schools around the World in 2013, with entries coming from the United Kingdom, Scotland, Canada,, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago. The USA was well represented with schools from the states California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio all participating.??The quality of all entries made the judging a challenging one, however under the guidance of WPC Director Richard Prospal all entries were assessed with the best 25 being selected to be reviewed and voted on by the American Society of sanitary Engineers (ASSE) at their mid-year meeting held in Cleveland, Ohio. Over a two day period close to 50 ballots were cast, with meeting delegates having been asked to choose the top three posters and to rank them first, second and third.

Drainline Transport of Solid Waste in Buildings
The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) is pleased to announce that the long-anticipated study, The Drainline Transport of Solid Waste in Buildings, has been released and is now available.

WORLD PLUMBING COUNCIL MEMBER BECOMES A GLOBAL PARTNER OF THE WORLDSKILLS FOUNDATION
(September 24, 2012)  World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman, Russ Chaney today announced that his organisation IAPMO, a long time member of the World Plumbing Council had signed on as a Global Partner and only USA member of the WorldSkills Foundation Board of Trustees.

2012 WORLD PLUMBING COUNCIL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO AN AUSTRALIAN
(September 24, 2012) The Chairman of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) Mr. GP Russ Chaney announced today that Mr. Peter Miles, Head Teacher of Plumbing, North Sydney College, TAFE NSW, Australia was awarded the 2012 WPC Education and Training Scholarship, valued at up to US$10,000.00.

WPC REVIEW NEWSLETTER | JULY 2012
The March 2012 edition of the WPC Review Newsletter is now available. Read about this year's World Plumbing Day celebrations, the Water is Life exhibition, the third International Emerging Technology Symposium and a revisiting of Tajikistan. Download the PDF to start reading.

WORLD PLUMBING CONFERENCE 2013 IN INCREDIBLE INDIA
Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) is all set to play the role of a perfect host to 10th World Plumbing Conference, scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 14 and 15 November 2013. IPA is expecting delegates from several countries to attend this prestigious global convention. The Conference will provide a platform to understand and evaluate the vast possibilities this country of 1.2 billion people can offer. Indian plumbing fraternity is looking forward to meet, interact and network with their global counterparts, through this event.

WORLD PLUMBING COUNCIL EDUCATION & TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP 2012
World Plumbing Council Chairman GP Russ Chaney has announced applications are invited from individuals involved in plumbing industry training wishing to visit another country for the purpose of researching and furthering plumbing training and skills development.

The recipients of the scholarship in 2010 and 2011 are great examples of the diversity that is available through the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program. In 2010 Robert Goodchild of Perth, Western Australia, travelled to South Africa and as a part of his study tour visited a township of some 33,000 people with a poor water supply, few toilets and no sewerage, with little or no infrastructure to support sustainable living for that community. His report illustrated the value of a well qualified and trained plumber supported by an effective regulatory system.

WORLD PLUMBING COUNCIL CHAIRMAN PRESENTS FIRST PLACE PRIZE TO WINNER OF GLOBAL POSTER COMPETITION
La Verne, Calif. (May 9, 2012) — World Plumbing Council Chairman GP Russ Chaney on Friday, April 27, proudly presented the first-place prize for the 2012 World Plumbing Day international poster contest to Alexis Briano, a fifth grader at La Verne Heights Elementary School in La Verne, Calif.

Briano’s poster was selected as the grand-prize winner in a global competition administered by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) as part of the celebration of the third annual World Plumbing Day. Children under the age of 10 (first through fifth grades) were invited to participate in the global competition by designing a poster illustrating the important role plumbing plays in our society. The WPC’s judging committee reviewed hundreds of posters from around the world and chose Briano’s poster as the most worthy of the top prize — US$1,000 for her school and US$100 for herself.

2012 WORLD PLUMBING DAY POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS
A total of 81 winning posters from many countries around the globe were entered in the 2012 World Plumbing day Poster Contest.  Children in Grades 2 through 5 from Jamaica, Trinidad, Scotland, British Columbia & Ontario, Canada, Newfoundland and the USA - Wisconsin, Ohio, California &Wyoming submitted the posters.

The posters were judged primarily for the message that World Plumbing Day represents – That Plumbing is vital to good health; the role that plumbing plays in our everyday life and the role that plumbing plays in the environmental issues.  The artistic merit of the posters is secondary.  The 81 posters were viewed by the staff at the American Society of Sanitary Engineering to choose the 10 best posters.  These top ten posters were then put on display at the ASSE Mid-Year Board meetings for judging by the members present at the meeting.

The winners chosen are;

First Place   -  Alexis Briano,  Grade 5,  LaVerne Heights, California

Second Place – Jordan Weekes, Grade 4, Bishop Anstey Junior School, Trinidad

Third Place – Olivia Cooley, grade 3, Crestview Elementary, Brunswick, Ohio

The talent shown in these posters is absolutely amazing but more importantly these children heard the message of World Plumbing day and displayed it exceptionally well.  This was a very difficult yet extremely gratifying experience.

U.S. SENATE AGAIN PASSES RESOLUTION DESIGNATING MARCH 11 AS WORLD PLUMBING DAY
Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2012) — The United States Senate, at the urging of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), on Thursday passed a bipartisan resolution formally designating March 11, 2012, as World Plumbing Day.

Senate Resolution 393, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), highlights the role plumbing plays in safeguarding public health in the United States and worldwide, addresses the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation across the globe, declares access to such a vital human right and praises trained plumbing professionals for maintaining, repairing and rebuilding the aging water infrastructure of the United States.

WPC REVIEW NEWSLETTER | MARCH 2012
The March 2012 edition of the WPC Review Newsletter is now available. Read about how this year's World Plumbing Day celebration is shaping up to be the best yet, and about the unveiling of the Plumber's Apprentice statue in England. Also in this issue: Plumbers Without Borders; Bid to boost industry shortages scores national training award; Dealing with drain contamination; and WPC Past Chairman awarded for
services to plumbing. Download the PDF to start reading.

WPC, IAPMO TO PRESENT THIRD INTERNATIONAL EMERGING TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM IN U.S. CAPITAL
Washington, D.C. — Against the backdrop of a national election that will no doubt shape the future of the construction industry and its products, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and the World Plumbing Council (WPC) will convene May 1-2, 2012, in Washington, D.C., the third International Emerging Technology Symposium.

INDIAN PLUMBING ASSOCIATION HOSTS 15TH INDIAN PLUMBING CONFERENCE
Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and Akar InfoMedia Pvt. Ltd. (AIM) recently organized 15th Indian Plumbing Conference (IPC) in New Delhi on November 18th & 19th, 2011. Central theme for this event was ‘Standardisation of Plumbing Practices’, which was deliberated by some of the most enlightened plumbing professionals, from all over India and abroad.

2011 UNIFORM PLUMBING CODE-INDIA GETS RELEASED IN NEW DELHI
Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) has forged an alliance with International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to launch Uniform Plumbing Code-India (UPC-I). The first UPC-I was launched in 2008.

WORLD PLUMBING COUNCIL, WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SIGN MOU
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (November 7, 2011) - The World Plumbing Council (WPC) and World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to achieve common objectives toward the conservation of water and energy related to building construction and operation.

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