AT LAST week’s Rotary Club meeting, President Paul Roberts relayed a presentation on the importance of the plumbing profession to the health of the World.
Paul is the local representative of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbers’ Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), and Mala Rao, the professor of International Health at the University of East London, showed how plumbers are the unsung heroes in the world of health care.
In the presentation, it was explained how the biggest medical milestone since 1840 is the provision of clean water and sanitation, though bemoaning the lack of these in many areas throughout the globe.
The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 tsunami in Japan reveals how easy it is to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems — until those systems cease to function properly.
History shows that great leaps in humankind’s advancement — both physically and socially — have been tied to advances in plumbing technology.
Paul concluded by saying that Rotary clubs in North East Scotland have been deeply involved in several associated schemes and that part of the club’s fund raising this year will include a “water project”.