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The Importance of Plumbing. Moving Society Forward. Community’s Water Source. Humans require potable water to survive More people in a community requires more clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing

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The Importance of Plumbing

Moving Society Forward


Community’s Water Source

  • Humans require potable water to survive

  • More people in a community requires more clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing

  • Waste water must not contaminate the potable water

Photo courtesy of UNICEF


Water – A Precious Commodity

  • 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water

  • Only 2.5% is Fresh Water

  • Only 0.77% is easily available as Potable Water

Source: UTEP


Plumbing Systems

  • The advent of plumbing systems allowed people to live together in larger communities as fresh water could easily come in and waste water was removed.

  • Little consideration was given to the community downstream

Water pipe made from lead

in Pompeii ruins


More People = More Human Waste

  • Outhouses or Privies used to be the norm

  • Improvements in plumbing allowed for many waterborne diseases to be controlled by removing the contaminated water from the potable water


Modern Plumbing

  • Indoor Plumbing Systems

    • Bring clean water


Modern Plumbing

  • Indoor Plumbing Systems

    • Bring clean water

    • Carry away waste water and clean it before it is returned to the environment


Historical Plumbing Innovations


Historical Plumbing Innovations

Graphic courtesy of American Standard Brands


Increased Life Expectancy

  • Reduced infant mortality

  • Adults live longer

  • Better sanitation creates better hygiene, which allows children to remain healthier and attend schools regularly

  • Many gains from the Industrial Revolution of the 1800’s can be attributed to a healthier population


Increased Life Expectancy

Age

Source: US Center for Disease Control


Natural Disasters Show Importance of Plumbers

  • Infrastructure

    • Big Underground Fresh Water Pipes

    • Waste Treatment Facilities

    • Salt Water Contamination of Fresh Water

  • In Home/Schools/Businesses

    • Broken Water Pipes

    • Broken Gas Lines

    • Broken Sewer Lines


There are many different types of Plumbers

  • Highly skilled trades people

  • Contractors install pipes and fixtures

  • Engineers design the projects to ensure correct water pressure and volume flow

  • Inspectors make sure it is done correctly


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World Plumbing Day

  • Plumbing Benefits Everyone

  • March 11, Every Year, Everywhere


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