In Praise of Plumbing

World Plumbing Day is the time to reflect on just what the World Plumbing Council means by the motto “Plumbing improves the world”.

World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day (March 11) has been running for 10 years.  An initiative of the World Plumbing Council, it puts a spotlight on the critical importance of plumbing in improving public health and the day to day lives of a sizable proportion of the world’s population.

Life without Plumbing

Try to imagine your life without plumbing.  There would be no hot showers, no running water to make a coffee or wash your hands and, worst of all, no toilet and sewers to deal with your waste.  Clean drinking water and public sanitation are the greatest leaps forward ever taken in the realm of public health.

Unsung Heroes

The unsung heroes of this revolution are, of course, plumbers.  The complex of drains and pipework that make up the most important infrastructure of our towns and cities has been constructed and maintained by skilled tradespeople prepared to deal with some of the less pleasant aspects of ensuring that stuff flows where it should.

Many Millions

Many millions of people don’t have to imagine living without plumbing.  They just don’t have it.  They have to go to the toilet in the open and collect their own supplies of water.  It’s changing that unfortunate reality that is the real focus of World Plumbing Day. In the last 20 years there has been a lot of progress in turning around people’s lack of access to basic plumbing.   In that time over a billion people have got piped water.  That’s over 30 times the population of Australia.  Fewer people are being obliged to defecate in the open – a figure estimated to be roughly 22 million a year.

The Grandest Design

These are very big numbers and the importance of plumbing is a very big deal.  The host of “Grand Designs”, Kevin McCloud, says that sewerage and toilets are underrated and that “Without sanitation, there is no civilization.  Without drains, there are no cities. Without clean water, half of us die.”

But solutions bring unforeseen problems and McCloud also points out that “we should appreciate and value the fact that we flush 120 litres a day of potable water down the toilet and that there are alternatives which we should consider.”

Australian Ingenuity

One of those alternatives is the dual flush cistern, an Australian invention that has done wonders for reducing the amount of water wasted when flushing.  And plumbing rainwater tanks to cisterns can reduce such wastage even more.

On World Plumbing Day it’s worth pausing to reflect on just how vital the work plumbers do is and to consider the advances of the last few decades.  As water becomes scarcer, the inventiveness and ingenuity of plumbers are going to matter more than you might think.

Published: 6 Mar, 2020

Need a Plumber Today?

Electrical, plumbing and air conditioning work is essential and we will be available to do the jobs you require in your home. Our friendly technicians are taking all precautionary measures and keeping to best hygiene practices.

Plumbers You Can Trust

Our Promise to You

Honest Service Icon


We believe in transparency. We will guide you through our process, answer your questions and provide you with an upfront, no obligation fixed prices.

Commited to Servcie Excellence Icon


No matter how big or small the job is, whether you're a new or returning customer, we treat every job as important and strive for success.

Professional Expert Technicians Icon


We know our job site is your home and we completely respect that. We arrive neat and clean, and tidy up after we've completed the job.

zip pay Options
Zip Pay Payment Options Image

Now Available!

Interest free plumbing with trusted pay later options

What Our Happy Customers Have to Say

This is why we do, what we do!

Metropolitan Plumbing are proud winners of the 2020 Product Review award in the plumbing category. This award highlights our dedication to outstanding customer satisfaction. Product Review provides a platform for real-life experiences. Check out some of our customers' reviews below:
5 stars rating

Tino was great. Good knowledge of systems and gave us options on a way forward with our issues. Organised the trades to come out the same day which was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Appreciated his professionalism, advice and knowledge.

Michelle - VIC
5 stars rating

Andrew was prompt and explained what needed to be done and gave price options. Was very quick, efficient, friendly & helpful and cleaned up after himself. Highly recommend Andrew & Metropolitan Plumbing.

Jenny - SA
5 stars rating

Jatender was polite and showed up on time. Very professional, helpful. The job has been done within 2 hours. I would highly recommend Jatender for future jobs. Thank you so much for a great job.

Kate - SA
Metropolitan Plumbing - With over 600+ 5 Star reviews on Product Review, Metropolitan Plumbing is the name you can trust Metropolitan Plumbing - With over 600+ 5 Star reviews on Product Review, Metropolitan Plumbing is the name you can trust