What India’s Skilling Ecosystem got up-to on World Plumbing Day!
Submitted by Mr Vinay Gupta, Vice-Chairman, Indian Plumbing Skills Council (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do you know when was the first sewage disposal and drainage system introduced? It was way back in 1700 BC. Okay, let me ask another question! Any idea about the first man in the world to receive a patent for a flushing toilet? It was Scotsman Alexander who received the first patent for flushing toilets in the year 1775. Enough of Trivia, for now, let me just come back to the point.
As per the World Health Organization, poor sanitation is believed to be the main cause of approximately 4,32,000 deaths every year. I’m sure you’ll all agree that’s too much! Gradually, we all have realized that sanitation is an important factor in maintaining the health of a Nation. Our Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi realized this as well and that’s why the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014 on a large scale across India. However, people all over the world still lack awareness about Plumbing and its effects on health and hygiene. And that is why the World Plumbing Council observed World Plumbing Day on 11th March 2010 for the first time. WPC has always been working with its member countries and its partnership bodies like WHO all year round to promote the benefits of safe plumbing, but in 2010 it was decided to launch the concept of embedding a single day on the world’s calendar, dedicated to plumbing.
Indian Plumbing Skills Council has proudly taken part in all the initiatives that are directly or indirectly linked with the upliftment of the Plumbing Sector in India. As an Organization working towards skilling and upgrading the plumbing community of India, our eco-system has always carried out multiple activities each year to celebrate the World Plumbing Day. This year was no different and IPSC’s affiliated training partners celebrated World Plumbing Day in different parts of the country. Ashirvad Plumbing School in Bengaluru celebrated the event by organizing a poster making competition, a plumbing skills competition and a skit contest in their premises. The motive behind conducting all these activities was to educate the students about the vital role of Plumbing. One of our training partners, Pratham Education Foundation, carried out some fabulous activities to celebrate World Plumbing Day as well. In the Panvel district of Maharashtra, they organized two free Plumbing Service camps and an Awareness Rally. In the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, the TP organized a free plumbing service camp at a police station and an awareness rally regarding water conservation. Pratham Education Foundation also demonstrated simple domestic water-conservation methods to the public in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Same camps were organized by the organization in Odisha as well. Our training Partner E-Biz Technocrats Pvt. Ltd. celebrated the day with the same energy. The Training Partner carried several activities across its centers in Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh. Some Government Schools in West Bengal also carried out awareness initiatives and painting competitions highlighting the importance of Plumbing. IPSC has been carrying out assessments in these schools as part of school vocational education, led by the states’ school board.
Before concluding, I would like to draw your attention to a fact that 900 million school children across the world have no handwashing facilities. 6 in 10 people lack safely managed sanitation, 3 in 10 people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water at home. The numbers are alarming and there is no doubt that the entire world is combating this, however we need to be more pro-active to counter the numbers. And dedicated days like World Plumbing Day are proving to be catalysts in spreading awareness regarding Plumbing not only in India but across the World.
Mr Vinay Gupta is a technocrat from IIT Delhi and has been manufacturing premium range of Tap ware in Delhi since last 35 years. Mr Vinay Gupta commenced the first ever production of Single Lever Mixers with ceramic cartridges in the year 1986 in India and has the distinction of manufacturing them in India and exporting back to Germany. He is also one of the largest exporters of Bathtubs. Mr. Vinay Gupta is the Founding Members of the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC). As the Vice Chairman of IPSC, Mr Vinay Gupta has been spearheading the development of the robust and sustainable eco-system of Skill Development in Plumbing with the Government of India.
This year the Professional Plumbing and Pipefitters Association of Nigeria used the occasion of World Plumbing Day to emphasize the importance of greater involvement of women in the plumbing trade. As homeowners and homemakers our women can help promote the health benefits of quality plumbing.
Adeyemi Oresanya, a self-plumber and chartered project manager of UNIVERSAL LEARN DIRECT ACADEMIA (ULDA) NIGERIA celebrated World Plumbing Day with the plumbing students of the training school.
A keynote address was given on the importance of plumbing and global health. Examples were given on how to limit the spread of COVID 19 through basic hygiene.
The Rwanda Plumbers Organization (RPO) celebrated World Plumbing Day by providing equipment to the Huye Integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRC) Plumbing Workshop. The RPO hopes to encourage students and staff to think of innovative plumbing facilities that save water and promote hygiene and sanitation. The recently formed RPO has quickly become a beacon of the important work plumbers do in protecting public health.
IAPMO Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing About Water Access Study on World Plumbing Day
IAPMO, DigDeep, the US Water Alliance and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) today marked the 11th annual World Plumbing Day by co-hosting a congressional briefing on the recently released report, “Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan.”
DigDeep and the US Water Alliance, with assistance from IAPMO, produced the report, which found more than 2 million Americans live without running water, indoor plumbing or sanitation service. TV and print outlets throughout the United States have highlighted the report and its findings since its November release.
The event included representatives from DigDeep, the US Water Alliance and RCAP, representatives from communities mentioned in the report such as the Navajo Nation and the Deep South, and others who came to present the findings and recommendations to Capitol Hill.
Read more: https://www.iapmo.org/group/update/2020_wpd_congressional_breifing
On March 6, ASPE Houston Chapter and Gulf Coast PHCC members partnered to visit with fifth-grade math students at Pearland ISD Middle School and introduce them to plumbing.
The ASPE and PHCC Intro to Plumbing student presentation was very successful. The teacher raved about this great program. He was even asking questions about how certain plumbing systems worked. Since these were fifth-grade classes, the class went over how evaporation works and the teacher thought that the evaporation diagram we used, and how we described that this involved plumbing, worked better than what they are teaching. The kids were very interested in the information we provided and enjoyed the interaction.
After introductions, Dave Clark used a projector to display a sink riser and went through where water comes from, what shut-off valves are and how they are used, what the p-trap is for, and where the waste goes once it goes down the drain. This led into Mark Park’s presentation displaying the evaporation diagram, how the buildings receive water and where wastewater goes after leaving the buildings.
Jim McStravock was next and described the different types of piping materials. He had samples of several types of pipe materials and fittings, and also displayed how to connect PEX piping and a coupling together. He passed around the PEX sample for the children to hold and they enjoyed trying to pull the joint apart. At this point, we distributed the house section and plumbing fixture cut-outs for the children to cut and glue the fixtures in the correct spaces on the house section. We asked lots of questions and the children loved giving their best answers.
This entire program took about 25 minutes per class. The teachers worked together to cycle three classes in and out every 25 minutes. This does not have to be conducted this way, but it was efficient. You need to work with the teachers and determine what is best for everyone.
At the end of class, we displayed lots of candy and told the children they would get candy if they answered the question correctly. As expected, they were excited. I asked them, “What was the most important job?” They all said “plumbing.” I would then say, “No, it is your teacher.” They all thought it was funny, and had a good time overall.
I received a follow-up call this week from the teacher who coordinated the presentation, and they all thought we did a wonderful job.
He said people have come in before to present to the students, but none were as professional as our group. He said we were the best who ever presented, and we kept the students engaged the whole time.
We will plan to visit the sixth-grade class next time. Congratulations team for volunteering to promote the plumbing industry.
Gulf Coast PHCC Committee Chair: Lucky Watkins, Southfork Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram
ASPE Houston Chapter President
I.A. Naman + Associates, Inc.
ASPE Board of Governors Chairman
Gulf Coast PHCC Secretary
Gulf Coast PHCC Board Member, ASPE Member