“Plumbers are the silent heroes of our society” says Mike Frost, the owner of TAP KING Plumbers. “Most people don’t realise plumbers ensure the health and safety of our families. What they do is very important”.
World Plumbing Day is an international event held on 11 March and is recognised by the World Health Organisation. It has been created to acknowledge the role the plumbing industry plays in delivering clean water to houses and ensuring waste water does not contaminate our precious water resources.
“It is estimated that 2 million tonnes of human waste is discharged into our water resources every day”, World Water Assessment Program.
Without plumbers and the implementation of high plumbing standards like we have in Australia we would be faced with many diseases that are currently preventable, such as diarrhoeal diseases like cholera and typhoid. These diseases are killing 3.1 million people each year in countries that lack these basic privileges we take for granted.
As a plumber that is passionate about upholding high plumbing standards and specialises in problem waste pipes, Mike often sees firsthand the impacts broken sewer pipes in back yards have on the condition of our water ways.
“I regularly see broken pipes that leak effluent into the ground” Mike said. “People don’t realise that sewerage from ineffective septic tanks and broken sewer pipes quickly makes its way into ground water, eventually making its way to our drinking water”.
At the moment Coal Seam Gas Fracking is a huge threat to our precious water sources. But Mike is also concerned that householders need to be aware they could also be contributing to the contamination of our water within their own back yard.
If you want to contribute to keeping our water ways contamination free you can follow these steps to prevent excess sewer and storm water entering the council sewer mains, which overloads the system and eventually overflows into our waterways:
- Ensure cracked and broken sewer pipes are repaired promptly to prevent ground and stormwater entering the sewer.
- Underground pipes around a house usually have an opening with a grate on top (often found under hose taps). These should be above ground level to stop ponding water during heavy rainfall entering the sewerage system.
- Do not use items such as wet wipes or flushable wipes as they cause blockage in both private and council pipelines.
- If you have a slow draining toilet, sink or bath, have them checked by a qualified plumber to ensure your pipes aren’t damaged and leaking sewer into the ground.
- Have your downpipes checked to make sure they are not connected to your sewerage pipes. If they have been connected incorrectly all your clean roof water will be going into the council sewer main and overloading the system.
- If you have a septic system make sure it is not blocked and operates correctly so that sewer does not overflow into surrounding water ways.