Perhaps to make sure the Lakeside Centenary events are unsullied by muffin topped men with unspeakable substances under their fingernails they’re offering cake and a cup of tea at the Mitchell Customer Service Centre to any plumbers looking to celebrate in this way.
“March 11 will be World Plumbing Day – a time to celebrate and appreciate the value of plumbing in a world where, 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 and 3.1 million children die each year from water related diseases,” Mr Simmons said.
“Every day we wash, we use toilets and we drink clean, fresh water yet we never give it a second thought. To imagine that the systems that provide these things were not there or didn’t work is almost impossible.
“In Canberra flushing toilets are standard everywhere and we give little thought to the engineering expertise provided by plumbers that ensures these systems operate as intended.
“I think our plumbers and the systems they have built deserve our acknowledgement and respect. Water is a valuable resource and it is important that we conserve our supply for the future,” Mr Simmons said.
This initiative is of extraordinary importance in a world where preventable diseases related to water and sanitation claim the lives of about 3.1 million people per year, most of them children less than five years old.
To celebrate World Plumbing Day, Canberra’s plumbers are invited to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
When: Friday, 8 March 2013
Where: ACT Government – Mitchell Customer Service Centre, 8 Darling Street, Mitchell.
Time: 8.30 – 10.30am
For more information on World Plumbing Day visit www.worldplumbingday.org