DPI Plastics will be a key exhibitor at the 11th World Plumbing Council (WPC) Conference and Expo to be held in Cape Town from 15 to 16 September. This is the first time the event is being held in South Africa.
As a leading manufacturer of PVC and HDPE water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems, DPI Plastics is a member of the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA). IOPSA, in turn, is affiliated to the WPC, which stages its global conference and expo in a different country every year.
WPC 2016 takes place under the main theme of ‘Regulations for sustainability in plumbing – a case for international standards’. The conference chairperson is Mike Muller, a member of South Africa’s inaugural National Planning Commission. He advises a range of local and international organisations on water and development issues.
The WPC, a not-for-profit global organisation, was established in 1990 in Geneva, Switzerland. Today it has over 100 representative and industry organisations as members in 27 countries, representing more than 50% of the world’s population.
The aim of the WPC is to highlight the important role that the plumbing industry plays in relation to health and the environment. The council’s mantra is that good plumbing can, and does, make a difference to global communities.
“While most people in developed countries tend to take the provision of wholesome drinking water and sanitation services for granted, 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water, 2.6 billion people do not have access to acceptable sanitation, and 6 000 children die every day die from water-related diseases,” the WPC states.
“The global efforts that the plumbing industry contributes on a daily basis to alleviate these concerns often go unacknowledged,” stresses Martine Goodchild, marketing manager at DPI Plastics. This is particularly relevant in a water-stressed country like South Africa, where leakages cost about R7 billion a year, amounting to as much as 37% of the country’s precious water resources being squandered through leaking taps alone.
DPI Plastics has been an active participant in the WPC’s World Plumbing Day initiatives, as well as contributing to various water conservation awareness initiatives in South Africa. It forms part of the Dawn Group, which is a Platinum sponsor of the WPC conference this year.
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