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Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing and the CAWT recognize #WorldPlumbingDay


plumbing-groupHappy #WorldPlumbingDay to Fleming Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing students and instructors, and the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment team!

World Plumbing Day is celebrated annually on March 11th to recognize the impact plumbing has on our health and safety. As an Educational Institution Member of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), Fleming College is proud to join the celebration and raise awareness of the important role played by the global plumbing industry.

Did you know?

  • Canada represents 20% of the world’s fresh water supply
  • An individual needs 50 litres of water per day in order to prepare meals and maintain personal hygiene, according to the United Nations
  • The average Canadian uses 329 litres of water per day in their home. Two-thirds of water used in the home is used in the bathroom: 40% from toilets, and 30% in showers and baths.
  • The Great Lakes provide drinking water to 8.5 million Canadians

“World Plumbing Day is a great opportunity to recognize the important work of plumbers,” said Jason Jackson, Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing program coordinator. “Plumbers provide important services which contribute to maintaining the health of communities, including proper installation of drains, waste, and venting systems along with potable piping and other mechanical systems.”

Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing instructors are training the next generation of plumbers and water systems operators in Fleming’s Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre. This program introduces students to installing, maintaining and repairing piping systems in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal settings.

“This program really prepares graduates to hit the ground running. Our students gain experience in piping, legislation, and application of code related to plumbing. When they graduate, they have the knowledge and practical skills to enter into a plumbing apprenticeship and/or become employed in a number of mechanical trades,” said Jason.

Unfortunately, not everyone has access to clean water. The United Nations said an individual needs 50 litres of water per day for meal prep and personal hygiene, but many people in Africa only get 20 litres of water per day.

researchAs global water concerns grow, the need for solutions to protect water sources and mitigate water quality issues also grows. For more than ten years, Fleming’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences has been working with governments and industry to research, develop, and test leading-edge water and wastewater technologies.

“Access to clean water is a universal concern that requires a multitude of techniques and technologies to deliver,” said Jeremy Kraemer, Director of the CAWT. “At the CAWT, we work with many different companies on a range of solutions that improve water quality, management, and stewardship. We salute the plumbers and water systems operators that put these and other innovative technologies to use.”