Safe Water Is Not A Luxury
Water is life, and clean water means health. —Audrey Hepburn
In this day and age, stringent plumber standards are placing a greater emphasis on plumber education requirements throughout myriad vocational and trade schools around the nation. Naturally, this benefits a vast majority of Americans nationwide in that we’re collectively afforded the relative luxury of knowing that our water supply and waste removal systems have been installed and deemed safe by highly trained professionals. This, in turn, gives us the peace of mind that almost a billion people around the world may never experience.
Cholera and dysentery immediately come to mind. Both are spread via fecal contamination in the water and, with respect to dysentery, can originate from one of two sources: bacteria or amoeba. Either way, contraction results in an inflammation of the intestines, resulting in frequent bowel movements with blood and mucus present. Common in impoverished regions, this illness affects over 125 million people annually and has the ability to cause epidemics that are especially devastating for those under the age of five. Among the more dramatic of these outbreaks is the one that occurred throughout Central America; beginning in 1968. During its four-year duration over half a million people contracted the illness resulting in approximately 20,000 deaths.
Hard as it may be to believe that there was once a time when American citizens were as susceptible to the devastating effects of microorganisms in drinking water, the fact is that an outbreak of amoebic dysentery occurred in Chicago during the 1933-1934 World’s Fair. According to city officials at the time, 1704 people contracted the illness while staying at city’s Congress Hotel. It was eventually discovered that faulty plumbing within the structure was to blame for the outbreak which resulted in the contamination of the hotel’s drinking water. Sadly, 98 people perished as a result.
The dysentery outbreaks in Central America and Chicago underscore why it has been necessary for a plumber to continually learn as new plumbing and pipefitting techniques and codes are introduced within the field. The responsibility to keep up with these changes lands on the schools and unions that train plumbing apprentices seeking their master plumber license, along with local businesses that already employ licensed master plumbers. The overall goal is to prevent such tragedies from occurring ever again.
As plumber education requirements, standardized techniques, and all pertinent codes progress, rest assured that the National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) will be ready to help tradespersons certify.
Whether you’re a training director, an association representative, an employer representative, or an individual applicant, NITC is there to help advise you along the way. So contact us at (877) 457-6482 to learn more about how we help prepare the most qualified, most reliable, and safest trade professionals possible thanks to our wide selection of industry certifications. NITC can help your business exceed customer expectations, so have your personnel certified with the certification company, NITC, today!