In November 2017, IWSH completed the Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. If you had to choose one location within the United States to conduct the next Community Plumbing Challenge (providing safe access to clean water and proper sanitation), which location would you choose and why?

To acquaint the uninitiated with the crucial importance the plumbing industry plays in our everyday lives. To introduce students to the global impact of IWSH projects. 

Students must provide a copy of their current full-time schedule, school transcripts, or acceptance letter with their submission.

Must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.

International students are eligible. Please submit proper school documentation with the essay.


  1. The deadline for essay submissions is 11:59pm (PT) on April 30, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Each submission must include a cover page containing the student’s name, address, phone number, and email. We must be able to contact you, if we have any questions or comments regarding your entry.
  3. Essays must be written on the topic noted above, and must be an original essay.
  4. One essay per student.
  5. Essays should be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,600 words. The essay cover page, added footnotes, references or citation page does not contribute to the word count.
  6. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page. Standards of content and style from MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th ed., will be expected for:
    a. Documentation of sources in the text of your essay;
    b. The format of the list of works cited;
    c. Margins and indentation; and,
    d. Bibliography.
  7. Essays MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Essays submitted in any other format will not be considered.
  8. Essays must be submitted via email to; via fax to 909-472-4241; or USPS to:

International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation
Attn: Leticia Gallegos, Essay Contest
4755 E. Philadelphia Street
Ontario, CA 91761

All submissions become the property of IWSH. The winners’ essays will be posted on the IWSH website and published in the Official Magazine.

Please email questions to

The Sandra Imprescia Essay Scholarship Committee will review essays to determine the top three.  IWSH’s Board of Directors will select and announce essay contest winners by August 31, 2018.   Prizes will be awarded as follows:
  First Place – one winner

  • $1,000
  • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site
  • One year IAPMO student membership

  Second Place – one winner

  • $750
  • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site
  Third Place – one winner
  • $500
  • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site

Winners of the 2017 scholarship essay contest

Topic: The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) helps provide safe access to clean water and sanitation systems. How would you promote the IWSH projects and what slogan would you use do to so?

First Place
Ankitha Doddanari Nalin Kumar - Bothell, WA
Second Place
Raymond Rowell Reyes - Quezon City, Philippines
Third Place
Farrah Bell - Beverly Hills, FL

Winners of the 2016 scholarship essay contest

Topic: IAPMO has been in existence since 1926. Of all the IAPMO Group's core competencies, which division do you feel is making the greatest impact today?

First Place
David Barry - Georgia Gwinnett College, Cumming, GA
Second Place
Noah Ramsey - DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY
Third Place
Julie Slama - Yale University, Peru, NE

Winners of the 2015 scholarship essay contest

Topic: What role can IAPMO play in helping the plumbing industry develop new sources of potable water?

First Place
Justine Martinez - California State University, Los Angeles
Second Place
Annaly Kramer - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Third Place
Shantell Robinson - Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK


March 11 is World Plumbing Day.  It is a date that has been fixed on the calendars of the World Plumbing community since its establishment by the WPC in 2010; and is now a fixture on the calendars of political and social institutions across the globe.

The international plumbing community has a vital role in promoting the link between good quality plumbing, health, environmental sustainability and, increasingly, economic prosperity.  World Plumbing Day is a key way to promote those links.

March 11 is marked by an international poster competition for children in 1st to 6th grade. The winning poster creator receives US$1,000 for their school and US$100 for themselves. Second place receives US$500 for their school and US$50 to the student and third place receives US$250 to their school and US$25 to the student.

An entry consists of a poster, US Letter size or A4 size, made solely by the entrant, inspired by the World Plumbing Day presentation and/or activities presented at their school. ONLY ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON IS PERMITTED.

To enter, submit one poster with your name, grade level, teacher’s name, school name and school address to IWSH, 4755 E. Philadelphia St., Ontario, CA 91761 USA or electronically to Click here for complete rules.

People from within and outside the plumbing fraternity come together to learn, share knowledge, build connections and find opportunities to collaborate to improve the quality of, and access to, fresh water and safe sanitation.

Congratulations to the winners of the World Plumbing Day poster competition for 2017!

There were many high-quality entries in the competition and our judges had difficulty choosing winners. The winning drawings were creative, well executed and well linked to the World Plumbing Day theme.

The winning entries will be featured in the July 2018, World Plumbing Council newsletter.

First place:
Student: Chantel Saad (1st)
Grade: 5th
School: Floyd M. Stork Elementary - USA

Second place:
Student: Prudent Salmon (2nd)
Grade:  4th
School: Corinaldi Avenue Primary – Jamaica

Third place:
Student: Maulana Malik (3rd)
School: Indonesia

Thank you to all for your willingness to enter and your excellent work in producing the poster!