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How plumbers can help save the world

The World Plumbing Council has released a white paper designed to inform registered professionals and interested members of the public about the ways plumbers and heating engineers can help the environment.

October 2010

Many authors collaborated to produce the paper which was compiled by Blane Judd of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and Richard Prospal of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering.Blane commented, "The Environmental Aspects of Plumbing paper contains case studies and information about the technologies and methods employed by plumbing and heating professionals to conserve water and energy.

It also has useful tips for members of the public such as how to find efficient washing machines and dishwashers that will reduce their water and energy requirements." A quick flick through the document reveals information about solar water heating, energy and water efficiency, sanitation, sewage treatment and even desalination processes. Blane added, "People aren't always aware just how much plumbers and heating engineers can actually do to help people reduce their water and energy usage. Alongside our register of qualified plumbers and heating engineers we also operate a GreenPlumb register for specialists in green technologies. Thankfully people are wising up to the need for preservation of our natural resources and many have an interest in reducing their carbon footprint to help the environment. Our paper will educate the public about the impact that good plumbing and new technologies can have in this respect. " To download a copy of 'Environmental Aspects of Plumbing' go to and follow the links Communications and Papers.