Robert Burgon, Chairman of the World Plumbing Council has issued the following message about the upcoming World Plumbing Day, "As many of you may have already learned, the World Plumbing Council has chosen to create World Plumbing Day, to be celebrated on 11 March each year.
The inaugural event will take place in 2010 and will be formally announced at a press conference in Beijing, China.This annual event has been established to help the general public better understand the vital role the plumbing industry plays in protecting public health and safety, the extent to which it helps limit mankinds environmental footprint and other important work performed by contractors, inspectors, installers, engineers, manufacturers and academicians that is often taken for granted.
As a means of promoting World Plumbing Day worldwide, the WPC will provide its member organizations, as well as any other parties interested in promoting the globally important role of plumbing, with fact sheets and other promotional information to encourage these organizations to plan activities celebrating World Plumbing Day in their own countries. It is my pleasure to advise you that a special website will be operational from 1 January 2010 and will contain various items that we have developed to assist in the planning for World Plumbing Day 2010. The website can be found at www.worldplumbingday.org
The information on the website has been designed so that it can be reproduced, amended, supplemented "basically anything the organization can do to run with it on their own "” as we lead up to 11 March each year. We hope to see press conferences, speeches before legislative bodies, city council resolutions, special events, etc. recognizing World Plumbing Day and illuminating the often-unsung work of the plumbing industry in preventing the spread of disease and preserving our planets natural resources, especially its most important resource, potable water.
We want to encourage plumbing organizations around the world to put out their own press releases to their industry trade press, as we anticipate it will be more effective to have the member organizations themselves describe their own plans to celebrate World Plumbing Day than for the WPC to do so.
Included on the website are two fact sheets: one on the plumbing industrys role in world health, the other on its role in environmental conservation. We have also included a list of suggested activities that could be undertaken by organizations wishing to promote the occasion. Moving forward, the WPC plans to develop other tools to help industry organizations around the world focus attention on World Plumbing Day in future years.
We recognize that we have not built in much lead-time in advance of 11 March for this inaugural event, but the intent is next year we will post documents and information on the World Plumbing Day Website far in advance of 11 March 2011.
The website will include a listing of activities arranged to celebrate the Day throughout the world. For future years, we encourage you to start planning 6-8 months prior to the occasion. The Website is expected to be up and running by 1 January 2010.
World Plumbing Day is all about raising public awareness of the importance of our industry and I very much hope that the news media in every country in which WPC is currently represented will contain some coverage of the industry on or shortly after 11 March 2010. WPC intends to recognize organizations that are most successful and most innovative in their approach to World Plumbing Day.
I really hope I can count on your assistance in promoting this worthwhile and long overdue recognition of our industrys important contributions to humankind".