“If I could do it all again, I’d be a plumber.”

This quote came from Albert Einstein, physicist, philosopher and Nobel Prize winner. If the guy who developed the theory of relativity recognized the importance of the plumbing profession, there must be something to it.

March 11 is World Plumbing Day, a day initiated globally by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) each year to recognize the important role plumbing plays in our global health. The WPC’s mission is to “promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment by uniting the world plumbing industry for the benefit of all.” Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Here are three alarming facts about water around the world, according to the WPC.

  1. 3.1 million lives are lost per year because of preventable diseases related to water and sanitation.
  2. 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to safe water.
  3. Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of their GDP.

Here at Uponor we understand that we don’t just engineer residential and commercial PEX plumbing products and systems. We have the responsibility of creating safe, clean and healthy systems for transporting water with our PEX piping. We believe everyone has the right to potable water which is why we have created piping that exceeds the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.

Want to learn more about World Plumbing Day? Visit worldplumbingday.org