Today (11 March) World Plumbing Day shines a light on how those in the trade have been on the front lines, risking contact with Covid-19 so that they can keep the public safe and warm in their homes. The critical worker status of plumbing and heating engineers has changed the way people view the industry.
Kevin Wellman, CEO of CIPHE, says: “It’s been a whirlwind of a year. Plumbing has sat at the heart of tackling the pandemic, from the clean water, taps and sinks we use to wash our hands, to the sanitation systems we use to help stop the spread of viruses and bacteria.
“In the latest lockdown, PPE-clad engineers have been the local heroes, fixing cold-weather emergencies such as broken-down boilers and burst pipes, in very tough situations.
“This World Plumbing Day, the CIPHE applauds the way our members and the entire industry have persevered through the past year. At the same time, we implore those in positions of authority to act upon the issues the Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light upon.
“Our industry will have a huge role to play in supporting homeowners and businesses through a recovery, and those hero capes will be staying firmly in place for the foreseeable future.”
World Plumbing Day was created in 2010 to promote the vital link between good-quality plumbing, health, environmental sustainability and, increasingly, economic prosperity. The occasion raises awareness of the importance of plumbing and plumbers worldwide.