Plumbing - greatest medical advance since 1840


March 11, 2013

Never mind antibiotics, anaesthetics, vaccine or the discovery of the DNA structure, more than 11,000 people worldwide have voted sanitation and plumbing to be the greatest medical milestone since 1840. The survey was carried out by the British Medical Journal.

”We're fortunate enough to live in a first-world country where we take plumbing and sanitation for granted. But without plumbers and decent sanitation we could be susceptible to third-world conditions,” said Murray Thomas, CEO of The Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA (MPGA).

“That’s why it’s important that we celebrate World Plumbing Day every March 11, so the public better understand the critical role the plumbing industry plays in protecting their health and safety, the health of the planet and the environment.”

According to the World Health Organisation:

·         1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water supplies

·         2.6 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation

·         3.1 million children die each year from water related diseases

Mr Thomas said that while these figures mostly relate to third-world countries, Western Australia was not immune from potential water supply, sanitation and health problems.

“Let’s not forget that it was only last month in Port Hedland that bottled water sold out because locals were worried that they might have their water supply cut-off by cyclone Rusty. Thankfully, Rusty veered off course but it’s a reminder that clean water and sanitation are a vital part of our health and our everyday lives.”

Mr Thomas said that it’s not just cyclones and other natural disasters that threaten water supplies but also unlicensed plumbers who can leave families without water and sanitation.

“The risks are too high when you don’t use a licensed plumber. There’s also the added cost of having the shoddy work repaired. That’s why we recommend that you always use a licensed plumber, who is a member of the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA,” added Mr Thomas.

To celebrate World Plumbing Day the MPGA is attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the Longest Human Towel Chain in Forrest Place on March 11 at 12.30. The current world record is 250.

“We’re really hoping that Perth can claim this title, so come on down to Forrest Place during your lunchbreak and help us set a new world record. And as our way of saying thanks, everyone who takes part receives a specially embroidered World Plumbing Day 2013 bath towel and ‘I’m a World Record Holder’ badge,” said Mr Thomas.


Media contact: Tony Monaghan, The Brand Agency 0428 280 593

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