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July 2018



It has been a very exciting time for the World Plumbing Council (WPC) recently.

The WPC General Meeting and Four Pillars of Plumbing (Products) forum was held Thursday 17 May in Ontario, California. It followed the highly successful Emerging Water Technology Symposium and I would like to congratulate IAPMO, ASPE, PMI and AWE for putting together an excellent Symposium. 

There were over 50 attendees who attended and participated in the General Meeting and Four Pillars of Plumbing forum from a broad range of associations and companies and I would like to thank you all. In a very exciting first for the WPC, there were also more than 200 participants who viewed the meeting online via the WPC's inaugural YouTube livestream.  The recordings are available on the channel and I strongly encourage you to subscribe to the WPC YouTube Channel so that you can keep up to date with when new meetings are broadcast. For further information on the livestream videos and access to the individual Four Pillars of Plumbing (Products) presentations, see the overview article in the Newsletter below.

It was with great pleasure that I received notification that the WPC's application to become a partner organisation with Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) was accepted. SWA is a multi-stakeholder partnership established in 2009. The partnership's Role and Purpose is to lead, galvanize and facilitate international efforts, aligning with and promoting national and regional processes aimed at ensuring availability and sustainable management of sanitation, water and hygiene for all. The WPC looks forward to contributing to the SWA partnership and the goal of sanitation, water and hygiene for all, always and everywhere. For more information, see the SWA website and follow their social media pages.



The WPC held its first General Meeting for 2018 followed by the Four Pillars of Plumbing (Products) Forum on Thursday, 17 May 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ontario, California. More than 50 attendees from the international plumbing industry took part and contributed to the discussion.

All the presentations were very high quality and contributed greatly to the growing knowledge base of the Four Pillars of Plumbing. Two livestream videos are on the WPC YouTube Channel showing the complete General Meeting and the complete Four Pillars of Plumbing (Products) Forum.

Additionally, all the presentations including the audio presentation are available on the WPC website under Publications, or simply click on the links below.


WPC MEMBERS – Parlez Vous Francais? ¿Hablas Español? 한국어를할수있어요?

Being an international organisation, from time to time the WPC receives enquiries in languages other than English. While online translation tools are becoming more and more sophisticated every day, they are still not quite 100% - and aren't very helpful in formulating adequate responses.

We would like to know which of our members speak which languages, and would be willing to help with occasional translation and also with the translation of some WPC promotional materials going forward. If interested, please email to find out more. All languages welcome!



The next Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC) will be held 22-26 October 2018 and hosted by the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, a small town in Northwestern New Mexico, USA.

This Navajo Nation CPC will provide households in the Baca-Prewitt area of the reservation with access to water and improved sanitation. A multi-disciplined team of skilled tradespeople will execute plumbing and construction projects to improve living conditions in approximately 10 households nominated by DigDeep. Inside homes, a range of bathroom and kitchen renovations will be carried out, including the installation of new basins, taps, toilets, water tanks, water pumps, and hot-and cold-water pipework. Meanwhile, efforts outdoors will address the installation of, and connection to, new wastewater systems.

For further information about the CPC visit:



Report by: Shay Shanahan, 2017 WPC Education and Training Scholarship Recipient

Dia duit, beannachtaí ó Éirinn. Hello, greetings from Ireland!

My name is Shay Shanahan. I am 33 years old and from Dublin, Ireland and I was awarded the World Plumbing Councils Education and Training Scholarship in 2017, which I recently undertook.

A quick overview of my background. I started working as an apprentice plumber in 2004, qualifying in 2008. I have completed courses in solar hot water, gas, oil, rainwater harvesting, heat pumps, advanced welding plus many more. Three years ago, I started a BSc in Education and Training at Dublin City University. Teaching the next generation of plumbers is what I have real passion for. My future goal is to complete a MSc in Management and Leadership in Education.

Further Scholarship News...

Jean Claude Twagirimana an Instructor of Plumbing with Musanze Polytechnic in Rwanda was awarded one of two WPC scholarships for developing and least developed countries in 2017. He will be travelling to the US in August to attend the annual Instructor Training Program held by The United Association (UA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We wish him the best of luck!

Oresanya Adeyemi 'Yemi' Shakiru, Head of Department – Plumbing at Universal Learn Direct Academia in Lagos, Nigeria was also awarded the WPC scholarships for developing and least developed countries in 2017. Yemi is awaiting the results of his Visa application to Canada. He plans to travel to Toronto in September and will be hosted by the UA Local 46 and take part in a range of apprentice and post-journey training programs. We wish Yemi the best of luck also!

The WPC would like to sincerely thank the United Association for sponsoring the WPC Scholarship for developing and least developed countries.

2018 Scholarships – Applications now open!
The Scholarship forms are now available on the WPC website for download. Applications are open until 22 September 2018. Spread the word far and wide, this is a fantastic opportunity for Industry participants who are passionate about training and education!

Join the Scholarships selection committee in 2018!
The WPC is looking for volunteers to join the WPC Scholarships selection committee. The only criteria is that you/your organisation must be a current WPC member and you can read and evaluate the applications in the comfort of your own home.

Previous selection committee members agree that it is a very rewarding experience – so contact us today to become a part of the selection committee in 2018!


PHILIPPINES: Boracay, a Paradise or a Cesspool?

Article by: Allan S. Dumalay, Individual Member, World Plumbing Council

 "Cesspool" is known for plumbers as an underground space for temporary storage of liquid waste and sewage. The term is also used to refer to a disgusting or corrupt place as defined in the dictionary.

Boracay Island is located off the northwest of Panay Island in the Western Visayas, Region VI of the Philippines. The nearest airport is just on the adjacent island, town of Caticlan. The total land area is roughly ten (10) square kilometers with a total recorded population of combined residents, workers, and tourists approximately 90,000.

An architect friend of mine once described Boracay as a paradise we only see in the movies in the olden times. He told that a pioneer family hired him to plan and build a resort facility in the island. Upon approaching the island, one will be greeted by mesmerizing scenes: a lush green forest, pearl-white beaches with crystal clear water and endearing and friendly natives frolicking the shorelines. Want to come to shore dry? You'll have to ride on a muscled man's back. In the nighttime you'll be in a dream, consciously seeing only a glare of flame from afar and be greeted by all the stars in the night sky. That's how he described Boracay, a recollection of how it was in the 80's.

UNITED KINGDOM: Independent Review Falls Short of CIPHE's Hopes for Industry

Article submitted by: Kevin Wellman, Director, World Plumbing Council and CEO, CIPHE

With the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety published on Thursday 17 May, The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has voiced its concern that some of the recommendations have not gone far enough to protect public safety and health, or raise competency levels within the construction industry.

The CIPHE contributed to the report through its relationship with the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). The body has advocated the need for the use of residential fire sprinkler systems and the related need for professional training - in their installation and servicing - for the last 20 years.


AUSTRALIA: Fire Protection Under Threat

Article written by: Greg Smith, Education and Training Director, NFIA

The National Fire Industry Association (NFIA) is an Australia-wide community of commercial fire protection contractors, their staff, suppliers and industry stakeholders representing a wide and varied membership from the smallest sub-contractor through to large Australia-wide design, install and service businesses. Our members work at the frontline of fire protection in Australia with an estimated 80 per cent of the fire protection work undertaken in Australia completed by members of NFIA.

The first response to a fire in a building is a properly installed and working fire protection system. 

We only have to reflect on the Grenfell tragedy in London, tragic fires in America, Dubai and Russia and other places around the world to understand the benefit of having the right fire protection system in place. Even in Australia the near-miss of fire tragedy at La Crosse apartments proved that a properly installed, maintained and working fire protection system saves lives and property.  Australia's level and quality of fire protection has grown off the back of fires such as at the Kew Gardens aged care facility in Victoria, the Childers backpacker hostel fire in Queensland and more recently the Bankstown fire in Sydney. Yet, still not everyone seems to understand the importance of the right people with the right qualifications doing the critical jobs of designing, installing, testing and maintaining those systems.

Water, Water ... Is It Everywhere?

Article written by: Richard Soper, Director of Development, CIPHE

Richard Soper, Director of Development at the CIPHE, reports on the Worshipful Company of Plumbers' (WCP) 34th annual lecture and the lessons we can all stand to learn from speaker, Professor Mala Rao.

In her talk, 'Good morning, do you wish to see a doctor or a plumber?' Professor Mala Rao, senior clinical fellow at Imperial College London, and trustee forWaterAid UK, made the point that climate change is going to have an impact on the abundance of water currently available in this country. By 2080, it is projected that there will be half as much rainfall as there is now in summer months.

Conversely, flooding caused by too much water also causes problems in the UK. Having too much or too little water at any given time puts pressure on communities and our water infrastructure, so what's the solution?



Trades Industry Conference, 6-7 September, Brisbane Australia
Held over two days at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the program is uniquely tailored to suit the specific areas of the industry most applicable to you. Exhibitors will be made up of industry suppliers, manufacturers and service providers with the latest technologies and trends available for you to touch, see and experience. Keep pace with others in your trade, advance your skills and then accelerate to be a leader in your field by learning to navigate changing trends, through the Trades Industry Conference!

ASPE Convention and Expo, 28 September – 3 October 2018, Atlanta, Georgia
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Convention & Expo is dedicated to quality education, connections and experiences for those skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems.

IAPMO 89th Annual Education and Business Conference, 30 September – 4 October 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Please join us in the City of Brotherly Love, home of the Super Bowl champion Eagles, where we will continue to provide excellent educational opportunities, opportunities to network with other industry professionals, and build lifelong friendships.

CONNECT 2018 10-12 October, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico
From business strategies that keep you grounded to new technologies and workforce ideas that let your dreams fly, CONNECT 2018 gives p-h-c contractors and technicians a unique 360-degree view of the best paths for success.

2018 ASSE International Annual Meeting, 15-18 October, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
The ASSE International Annual Meeting is where the magic happens. It's four days of valuable information, input, education, networking, idea sharing, advice, and camaraderie that can only be experienced through attending.
ASSE's programs are developed through true industry consensus. This means that experts around the country – from all segments of varying industries – gather to determine performance requirements, testing criteria, and guidelines for products, and for professionals who work with these products.

Plastic Pipes Inside Buildings 2018, 16-18 October 2018, Cologne Germany
Keynote presentations from Past Executive Board director Henry Hung and WPC Scholarship recipient Dr Simon Reddy.  WPC Member organisation CIPHE is supporting the conference and has kindly negotiated discounts for WPC Members. Full WPC members get a 50% discount off registration fees (plus tax) and WPC Affiliate members can enjoy a 15% discount. Please contact the secretariat for discount codes.

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. All WPC Members and observers are welcome. Please register your interest with the secretariat:

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 program.

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. Register your interest now!

ISH Frankfurt, 11-15 March 2019, Frankfurt Germany 
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.

Contact to provide an event report or request listing of an upcoming event.

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