March 11 marks World Plumbing Day, which started last year to raise public awareness of the importance of plumbing on the environment and our health.

WPC chairman, Robert Burgon, is currently in Bangalore leading celebrations there.

Burgon told HVP: "Plumbing's contribution to public health and the environment is often overlooked or not understood in developed countries.

"In the developing world, billions of people simply have no access to basic plumbing facilities such as clean, safe water and sanitation.

"Today, throughout the world, plumbing organisations are working to raise awareness. Ranging from industry conferences in Australia and South Africa to presentations in schools in several countries including the UK, the message is going out that plumbing is vital to global health."