Local Plumbers with a global impact

It may not be the most glamorous job, but it’s certainly one of the most important: bringing in the water and moving out the waste. “Plumbers Without Borders” are bringing basic needs to people in need around the world and doing a dirty job for free.

Hands-On Help for Haiti

Fred Schilling donates his time and considerable expertise to help Haitian people obtain safe, clean drinking water.

In nearly four decades as a plumber, there isn’t much that Fred Schilling hasn’t seen. Since beginning his career with the U.S. military and becoming one of south Florida’s youngest-ever Certified Master Plumbers in 1976 with a perfect 100 percent on the exam, Schilling estimates that he has been involved in about 800 construction projects over 36 years, including virtually every type of large-scale project imaginable. This includes, schools, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers and even Six Flags Atlantis, which when build in the early 1980s was the world’s largest water theme park.

His latest endeavor, however, could be his most daunting – and rewarding – yet: helping bring clean, safe drinking water to the people of Haiti.

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Haitian Water Collection – Short Stories

Mike McCamon, CCO for Water.org, recently visited Haiti and saw something in Port au Prince that underlined why we do the work we do.

“Short Stories” is a series of videos in which members of the Water.org team recount stories of their time in the field. Let us take you on a journey!

Secretary Clinton Launches New US Water Partnership

As a public-private initiative, the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) unites and mobilizes U.S.-based expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world. The U.S. Water Partnership brings together top U.S. resources to create valuable solutions that will positively impact our growing global water challenges.

Announced in March 2012, the Partnership is supported by a wide range of government agencies, academic organizations, water coalitions, NGOs and the private sector. As a single entry point into vast amount of U.S. water knowledge and expertise, the U.S. Water Partnership demonstrates U.S. leadership on global water issues, and provides an important platform for public-private collaboration to leverage assets, know-how, and investment of partner organizations and other stakeholders.

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Fred C. Schilling Jr. headed for Haiti

We want to share with you that one of our members, Fred C. Schilling, a Certified Master Plumber, Backflow Tester and Backflow Repair technician in Florida, is headed to Haiti next week May 9th, 2012, to work with Water for Humans (www.waterforhumans.org) on a water-purification system.

Our hats off to Fred, as well as our heartfelt Thanks for his deep personal concern and willingness to serve in the collective effort to help bring some relief to the people of Haiti, suffering from drinking contaminated water and lack of sanitation.

Frederick C Schilling Jr., born at “Flushing Hospital” in New York, (1949) is an interesting origin for someone whom would span six decades dedicated to the “Art” of being a Plumber.

Fred began his formal Plumbing training as a U. S. Air Force Plumber, at Port Hueneme California, with the Navy Seabees and Air Force Civil Engineering. In 1969, he was assigned to Osan Air Base, South Korea, spending over a year working hand in hand with Korean Nationals, many of them, women (some with infants strapped to their backs) constructing new Plumbing Installations.

He became a member of the U. S. Air Force “Red Horse” Combat Construction Squadron which stands for ‘Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Engineers’.

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UN Water GLASS Report

The objective of the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is to monitor the inputs required to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services via a country led-process. A more challenging secondary goal is to analyze the factors associated with progress, or lack thereof, in order to identify drivers and bottlenecks, to identify knowledge gaps and to assess strengths and challenges across countries.

The GLAAS report, implemented by WHO and published biennially, is the principal source of evidence for Member States and other major stakeholders for the High-Level Commitment Dialogue (HLCD) and to outline their commitments at the biennial Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-Level Meetings (HLM), jointly hosted by the World Bank and UNICEF at the WB/IMF Spring Meetings – with the next planned for April 2014.

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Celebrate World Plumbing Day everywhere!

World Plumbing Day is an international event on March 11 initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.

The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and last year’s tsunami in Japan
reveals how easy it is to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems — until those systems cease to function properly. History shows that great leaps in humankind’s advancement — both physically and socially — have been tied to advances in plumbing technology.

The safety and abundance of drinking water is, of course, a concern for most people all over the world, but what is not often emphasized is the work the plumbing industry contributes every day to alleviate these concerns. We would like you help in bringing a better understanding of the largely misunderstood role plumbers play in keeping folks safe and healthy each and every day.

We look forward to seeing your participation in this worthwhile event.

Water and Sanitation Are Key to Fighting Urban Poverty

Urban poverty is growing. The cities in the developing world are overloading as millions of people each week arrive to find a way to survive. Most will be forced to set up home in makeshift slums with no safe water, sanitation, electricity or security. This is a reality right now for around one billion people. According to a U.N. report, by 2030 this figure is set to double.

These statistics are not anything new. We know about the numbers and chronic poverty in the slums. We know about the human waste, the mounting rubbish, the risks of cholera, the families crammed into tiny spaces, and the precarious shacks on landfills or by railway tracks. We just do not seem to know what to do about it.

Take the Korail slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. People have been settling here for over 30 years, and it is now the biggest slum in Dhaka. It sits on the Gulshan Lake, overlooked by one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the capital. Women can be seen washing their dishes at the lake’s edge, just meters away from where hanging latrines discharge directly into the water.

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Sustainable Sanitation: The Drive to 2015

The Sanitation Drive to 2015 is an advocacy campaign working to meet the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target and end open defecation. We support and inspire people from around the world to take action towards achieving sanitation and hygiene for all by targeting the poorest and most vulnerable people. These actions will generate substantial benefits, including increased economic growth and productivity, improved health, enhanced social equity, and a cleaner environment.

The Drive to 2015 grew out of an initiative within the United Nations. The Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation proposed the idea and called on others working in a range of sectors to join the effort. UN-Water, the association of all UN bodies working on water and sanitation issues, is coordinating the work. A number of civil society groups around the globe have pledged their support and are in the process of defining concrete activities that will contribute to achieving the objective of sanitation for all people.

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UN Secretary-General launches global drive to meet sanitation targets by 2015

NEW YORK, USA, 21 June 2011 – Sanitation and access to proper toilets must be at the centre of discussions on development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering this morning at UN Headquarters that included members of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and other dignitaries.

“Sanitation is a sensitive issue,” said Mr. Ban. “It is an unpopular subject. Perhaps that is why the sanitation crisis has not been met with the kind of response we need – but that must change.”

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Water Changes Everything

A great video by Charity: Water about the importance of water and the scarcity of this precious resource.

Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It’s a crisis because it only starts with water — but water affects everything in life. Health. Education. Food security. And the lives of women and children, especially.

We can end the water crisis in our lifetime. But first we have to let everyone know it’s happening. Learn how water changes everything — and share this with everyone you know.

Three New Projects Receive Funding Across Asia

Co-funded by the Asian Development Bank and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, New Projects Focus on Innovative Sanitation Solutions. In Asia and the Pacific, around 1.7 billion people still lack access to safe toilets or latrines, 780 million people still practice open defecation, and around 80% of wastewater is discharged into the environment without treatment.

Last year, the Asian Development Bank created the Sanitation Financing Partnership Trust Fund to help provide safe sanitation to families in Asia’s cities and rural communities who still lack access to basic sanitation facilities and services.  ADB is leveraging the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $15 million contribution to finance more than $28 million in non-sewered sanitation and septage management projects across the region in the next five years.

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