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Updated: September 12, 2009 13:04 IST

Plumbers play a crucial role

S. Sandeep Kumar
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Working in cramped conditions, plumbers play a crucial role in construction activity. Photo: V. Ganesan
The Hindu Working in cramped conditions, plumbers play a crucial role in construction activity. Photo: V. Ganesan

Working in cramped conditions, at times down and dirty, plumbers play a crucial role in construction activity.

But over the years, the work related to plumbing has developed to a great extent and is no more confined to fitting water tanks, laying pipes or repairing hot water systems.

Plumbing these days lays emphasis on recycling of water, usage of rain water and minimal use of energy in designing waste water management systems.

Above all, it now deals with improving public health and saving environment, said World Plumbing Council Chairman Robert Burgon while inaugurating the 13th Indian Plumbing Conference and Exhibition at Shilpakala Vedika. Based on the theme ‘Refurbishment of Plumbing Installation’, the conference provided participants with the latest practices adopted across the globe as per the guidelines of World Plumbing Council. Mr. Burgon announced that March 11 would be celebrated as ‘World Plumbing Day’ (WPD) and unveiled a new logo of the WPD.

Plumbing these days faces many problems, including climate change, heat waves and unseasoned rains.

Unfortunately, in India this sector is completely neglected and it was time to lay onus on better plumbing installation system, better products and equipments, said Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Tourism.

To promote best methods for ensuring safe sanitary and plumbing systems and project planning, the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) in collaboration with International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials proposed to offer Green plumbers, a national training and accreditation programme for plumbers.

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