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Community Plumbing Challenge

Plumbing: vital to global health

The international Community Plumbing Challenge aims to contribute to improvements to public health in regions where communities are still threatened by a lack of basic sanitation and safe drinking water systems.

Attitudes will not necessarily change because of targets, health surveys, or editorials and opinions in newspapers, which all too often preach only to the converted. Rather, it is the actions of professionals working in the areas of health and sanitation which will demonstrate to the community how best to build local services, and will educate local communities about the benefits of such an approach.

The Community Plumbing Challenge has been established to achieve the following objectives:

Work with communities to design, produce and install sustainable solutions to problems of water quality and supply and sanitation;

• Provide education and training opportunities for community members and CPC teams and facilitate formal recognition of knowledge and skills gained;

• Promote the role of plumbing skills in solving problems of water quality and supply and sanitation; and disseminate project outcomes to stakeholders and the general public;

• Advocate for quality education and training based on real-life problem solving by multi-disciplinary teams;

• Review and evaluate projects in consultation with communities and apply feedback to the continuous improvement of project processes and outcomes;

• Produce and disseminate reports, stories, analyses and resources to support new projects and engage new organisations and individuals.

These objectives will be implemented through community-based projects that address water and sanitation issues identified by community leaders and may involve repairs and maintenance to existing infrastructure; installation of new water and sanitation facilities; and the design of innovative systems aimed at achieving long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
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