WASHINGTON, June 29, 2020 / PRNewswire / – The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) is the latest plumbing industry organization to join the World Plumbing Council (WPC). The WPC is an international member association that has set itself the goal of achieving the best possible plumbing for the world through the growth and development of the global plumbing industry.
The WPC was founded in 2000 and has at least one organizational (full or affiliated) member in 41 countries. Full members are mainly federations and unions in the plumbing industry at national level, while affiliated members include contractors, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, service providers and academic institutions. IWSH joins the WPC as an affiliate member after conducting a variety of community plumbing and corporate social responsibility collaborations with WPC members around the world over the past five years. A list of the countries and organizations represented by the WPC can be found at https://www.worldplumbing.org/countries-represented/.
“The World Plumbing Council is excited to welcome IWSH as a member as it complements the WPC’s mission to humanize the health benefits of plumbing,” said the WPC Chair / UA Director of Plumbing Services Thomas Bigley.
Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020, when the WPC board brought IWSH into contact with member organizations, the potential for this cooperation has come more into focus Zambia, Rwanda, and South Africa with the aim of facilitating and supporting the response of the local plumbing industry to disease prevention in their communities, notably through the design and development of new hand washing facilities and public health and hygiene awareness activities.
in the Zambia, IWSH and the Plumbers Association of Zambia (PAZA) worked on a pilot program to provide more than 50 hand washing stands for the SOS Children’s Village in the capital of Lusaka.
in the RwandaIWSH worked with the Rwanda Plumbers Organization (RPO) to support community hand washing and public health awareness activities. Building on the design and donation of new mobile hand washing stations as part of a workshop on World Installation Day 2020 at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRC) in the Huye district, RPO members delivered additional stations to three elementary schools, two high schools and five endangered schools households in the Musanze district.
in the South Africa, IWSH, the Institute for Sanitary, South Africa (IOPSA) and the British Plumbers Employment Council (BPEC) support a Diepsloot initiative of the WASSUP (Water Amenities and Sanitation Services Upgrading Program) to repair 2,000 municipal water taps in 50 days.
“For the past several years, IWSH and WPC have worked closely together as part of our ongoing international Community Plumbing Challenge program,” said Seán Kearney, IWSH Managing Director. “Today WPC represents a unique network of representatives from the plumbing industry – expertise from around the world – and is therefore an excellent platform for IWSH to continue building partnerships within WPC. We hope that we will continue from our new position as an affiliate member We can grow and develop more new and creative sanitary initiatives that provide more water, sanitation and hygiene at more locations and in partnership with more industry groups and industry organizations. “
SOURCE The International Foundation for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWSH)
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