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Regulations for plumbing sustainability, a case for international standards

Plumbing is not ones everyday topic of discussion but without it we would all be in a spot of smelly stuff and without water. Qualified plumbers are highly trained trades people, immensely proud of their trade and work to the highest standard to provide water and removal of waste as well as contributing to the saving of water in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

The untrained ‘plumber’ is a charlatan and cares nothing for standards, knows nothing about pipe engineering and design, but he/she is allowed into one’s homes and premises, without a worry or care in the world – consequently the story can end badly and invariably does.

South Africa and Cape Town through the host body will be hosting the World Plumbing Conference (WPC 2016) at the Cape Town International Conference Centre on the 15th and 16th September 2016. People from around the world will come together and discuss ways of doing plumbing better, learning from each other and most importantly participating in breakaway sessions on Water, Sanitation, Energy and Environment. Yes, plumbers have a responsibility in all these areas directly and indirectly. Speakers from SA and City of Cape Town and around the world will gather to present talks and encourage discussion around the theme of “Regulations for sustainable plumbing – a case for international standards.”

Speakers like Dr Doulaye Kone of the Gates Foundation will speak on “the human right to having access to water and sanitation. Dr Sadhvir Bissoon, Executive standards, SABS will speak on standards and their role in sustainability. Mr, Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of the Water Research Commission will discuss Water and Plumbing a symbiotic relationship.

Mr. Shayne La Combre of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre will discuss cost effective and efficient methods in the provision of water and sanitation together with the impact on the health of people and nations. MR. Dave Viola of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) will speak on the effect of global warming on water supply, water recycling and alternatives methods for sustainable plumbing.

Mr. Mike Muller, well known ‘water man’ worldwide will be the conference chairman.

These are followed by an array of international and local session chairs and focus speakers who will encourage the discussions to come out with outcomes for better plumbing, conservation of water and alternative solutions to serve all the people of the world.

WPC will be supported by an exhibition, skills simulation and community plumbing challenge with four countries, USA, India, SA and Australia remodelling and design toilets for use in townships and rural areas providing dignity to those in these areas. Entrance to the exhibition, skills simulation and challenge is free by registering online or at the entrance to the exhibition. To become a delegate go to under conference or write to us at email or call 11 579 4940 and ask for Mari. For speaker interviews please contact Rory on 082 469 1178.

PLUMBERS – looking after the health of the Nation.

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