Video of Nepal school work completed 

International plumbers and local Nepali building team work together in Nepal on the @Healthabitat: Thangpal Dhap Sanitation Project to help upgrade and improve the plumbing and construction of the toilet and shower blocks.

Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 to Be Held in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia (March 30, 2017) – Cicau Village in Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, will host this year’s international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC), IAPMO Group CEO GP Russ Chaney announced today at the opening of the fourth annual IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference in Jakarta.

Indonesia becomes the third country to host the CPC, following India in 2015 and South Africa in 2016. Top young apprentices and professionals representing four or five different countries — including Indonesia – are expected to participate, joining forces to form a long-term international collaboration that will deliver improved sanitation infrastructure and facilities in the Cicau area and others like it. In an exciting new development from previous editions, CPC2017 will be presented in two parts — a “Design Week” in August and a “Construction Week” in November.

CPC2017 will be presented by the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation in association with the World Plumbing Council. The project will be based at local school SD Negeri Cicau 02, with a range of other promotional and participatory activities planned across the village for the duration of the event.

Speaking in Jakarta today, Chaney highlighted the CPC’s role in spearheading the mission of the newly established IWSH Foundation.

“IWSH is now in place to align efforts and extend the great work of organizations, governments and industry working across the water, sanitation and hygiene sector,” Chaney said, “while the CPC targets direct impact in the heart of communities where water systems are unsafe or unsustainable. Combined, the two platforms offer huge potential for improving living conditions and public health for specific areas in need, so we are particularly excited to launch our newest program here in Indonesia this year to continue building bridges across our growing network of local and international partners.”

PT IAPMO Group Indonesia Senior Vice President Shirley Dewi added, “Our team is highly motivated to facilitate CPC2017 in partnership with SD Negeri Cicau 02, as the village is located a mere 3 kilometers from our new testing and certification facility, which opened in 2016. Through CPC2017, we aim to develop an innovative working relationship with Cicau Village that will stretch into the years ahead; utilizing the new Indonesian Plumbing Systems Standard to make gradual gains for general public health through design and implementation of better sanitation for all.”

The IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference is a public outreach event designed to promote the importance of good plumbing systems in improving the health and safety of Indonesian citizens, safeguarding the environment, and boosting the Indonesian economy. The event is timed to follow World Plumbing Day (March 11), an occasion designed to promote awareness of the importance of plumbing to global health.

Further news and updates on CPC2017 will be available on the Community Plumbing Challenge Facebook Page and on Twitter by following @CommPlumbing.


CPC2016 Hosts win Australian government boost

Sticky Situations, one of the hosts of the Community Plumbing Challenge 2016 in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa, has been awarded a grant of approximately ZAR 500,000 to develop the next phase of the Water, Amenities and Sanitation Services Upgrade Program (WASSUP) Diepsloot. Sticky Situations has facilitated the inception, training, and growth of this community-led co-operative in Diepsloot since Global Studio initiated the program, in collaboration with local government officials, in Johannesburg in 2007.

The grant has been approved by the Direct Aid Programme (DAP) of the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in South Africa. The DAP supports nonprofit organizations working in local communities on activities that support sustainable and equitable development, including education and skills, human rights, disability inclusiveness, and women’s social and economic empowerment.

The successful application outlines ambitious plans for a new workshop and training facility on the site of the Diepsloot Housing Authority office in the sprawling neighborhood of Extension 1, combined with renovation of an adjacent public toilet and washroom and repairs and maintenance for 25 of the 643 communal toilet facilities in the surrounding area. These projects will be supported by the ongoing development of formally accredited, on-the-job training opportunities for local apprentice plumbers and other tradespeople, which will increase the WASSUP team’s capacity and encourage further collaboration with municipal authorities and industry partners that can be replicated in other, similar locations.

The ongoing program targets aspects of the recently ratified UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the need to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (Goal #6), ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all (Goal #3) and building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation (Goal #9). The Global Studio program – which was convened by Dr. Anna Rubbo, then at University of Sydney, and initiated the Diepsloot Sanitation project – grew out of the Millennium Development Goals, which preceded the SDGs.

Australian High Commission representatives Stacy Walker (First Secretary) and Sarah Dippenaar (Senior Research and Program Officer) were welcomed to Diepsloot during the Community Plumbing Challenge event in July 2016, and presented with a tour of upgrade sites across the township. Following this, the Australian CPC team was invited to meet with the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, Adam McCarthy, in Pretoria.

Sticky Situations facilitator Jennifer van den Bussche, an Australian who has lived in South Africa for the past decade, is responsible for this latest, successful funding application on behalf of WASSUP:

“Adequate communal sanitation is a constant challenge for our Johannesburg communities and local government, therefore we continually work together to find solutions. A great deal of time, energy and effort goes into applying for funding support across public and private sectors, as well as to international bodies, for our ongoing endeavours. In this case, I am extremely proud that my home country will now be contributing to this ongoing, holistic program that looks to improve sanitation conditions as well as work toward professional training for future careers,” Ms. van den Bussche said.

Following these new developments, plans are under way for a CPC2016 follow-up project designed to dovetail with the opening of the new WASSUP base and roll-out of the DAP-supported sanitation works and plumbing training in Diepsloot. More information will be communicated in the coming months, and the organizations concerned welcome all additional ideas, feedback and plumbing industry input as they continue to move forward with the program.


Community Plumbing Challenge 2016 positively impacts thousands of lives in Diepsloot in collaboration with WASSUP

After helping bring improved sanitation facilities and a reliable water source to an elementary school in Nashik, India, last year, the Community Plumbing Challenge headed to Johannesburg, South Africa, where the participants repaired and installed communal toilet facilities for the township of Diepsloot.

Organized by IAPMO’s newly formed International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) in collaboration with the World Plumbing Council, the international event 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.

CPC2016 was hosted by WASSUP Diepsloot - the Water, Amenities, Sanitation Services Upgrade Programme, a dedicated volunteer and nonprofit organization - and Diepsloot Arts & Culture Network, facilitated by Sticky Situations in collaboration with Healthabitat Sanitation Studio. Additional event partners included Autodesk Education Experiences and the Wot-If Trust.

During the week of July 9-15, four international student teams representing South Africa, Australia, India, and the United States worked together to design and install a series of new communal toilet facilities for the residents of Extension 1 Diepsloot, in collaboration with WASSUP Diepsloot.

Each team was given two concrete communal toilet units; one was to be outfitted with a system the teams had designed, and the other was to be a collaborative effort using the best aspects from each team’s design. The toilet facilities were then taken via crane to be installed in the Extension 1 section of Diepsloot, where about 750 such facilities — many of which are broken and/or in various states of disrepair — serve roughly 50,000 residents, most of whom do not have indoor sanitation facilities.

The units consist of a toilet on one side with a door that opens outward, a cistern, and some pipework that goes to the outside, where there is a trough and a tap that provides potable water.

IAPMO Managers of International Projects for IWSH, Grant Stewart and Seán Kearney organized the challenge, with Stewart working with the teams and Kearney heading the Fusion Design Hub, in which local students created animations and visuals of the design work being done to further promote the project.

The performance of the four units created by the teams will be monitored until the World Plumbing Council’s conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 15-16, to determine which was the most successful and provide further insights into design solutions that will benefit WASSUP’s work into the future.

Stewart said the local WASSUP team, who have directed the entire process of bringing the CPC to Diepsloot, can keep the momentum going. As a result of the July event, the team has built further links with such influential representatives as the Australian High Commission (South Africa), and the US Consul General (South Africa), as well as being invited to present a dedicated Science and Engineering Forum at Johannesburg Water.

“The aim now is that WASSUP will put together further funding submissions to upgrade more toilets across the Diepsloot community, which will keep their team - plus the agenda of better sanitation for all - developing into the future,” Stewart said. “We’re also looking at how we can incorporate further training that’ll allow those guys to further develop their business. So that’s a key outcome: enabling more people on the ground to take better care of their shared sanitation infrastructure, while also building a sustainable living for themselves by providing general plumbing maintenance in the community.”

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IAPMO Forms IWSH Foundation to Improve Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

Ontario, Calif. (June 15, 2016) — The IAPMO Group is proud to announce the formation of The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation whose mission is to work to improve on the human condition by fostering the basic human right of safe access to clean water and sanitation. The foundation’s website is

According to the 2016 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 2.4 billion people lack access to such basic sanitation services as toilets or latrines, and water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population; this number is projected to rise. IWSH will seek to align IAPMO’s existing projects throughout the world with those of government, industry and the communities where the association works to ensure water systems are safe and sustainable.

The foundation’s Board of Trustees consists of five former members of IAPMO’s Board of Directors: Chairman Tom Gugino, Treasurer Bud Riestenberg, and Alfred Ortega, Dan Daniels, and Bill Erickson. Gugino said he was humbled and excited to be appointed to the position.

“I must confess that as a second-generation plumber, I had taken 24/7 access to a potable water system for granted,” Gugino said. “IAPMO sent Jed Scheuermann and myself to Nepal in January of 2013 to assist Healthabitat with devising waste management solutions for villages in the impoverished nation. The harsh reality of what we found there made me think about the purpose of our plumbing code to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. We saw how a septic tank having a building with a rain gutter draining into a water holding tank elevated each family's ability to live a healthy life. Please join with us to change lives by providing a basic form of sanitation to protect their public health.”

IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney said the organization has long been keenly aware of its obligation to society and the experience and skills it can bring to an effort to either eliminate or largely reduce the challenges that many around the globe face in just day-to-day survival.

“With the support of numerous like-minded partners, the creation of the IWSH Foundation will continue to work to enhance the living conditions for those who are faced with the daily challenges of living a healthy lifestyle,” he said. “In many countries it is not possible to gain access to education and personal growth without the ability to have a safe living environment and access to the essentials of life — potable water and safe sanitary conditions. I look forward to our efforts, which will be strategically developed under the IWSH banner, in support of the basic human right of access to safe water and sanitation.”

For more information about the IWSH Foundation, please visit or call Managing Director Megan Lehtonen toll-free at (844) 497-4674.

WASSUP Diepsloot prepare for Community Plumbing Challenge 2016

Between 14–22 March, a team of plumbers and designers – representing IAPMO, Healthabitat and Sticky Situations – were hosted in the township of Diepsloot by the WASSUP community group: the Water Amenities and Sanitation Services Upgrade Programme.

In July, the Community Plumbing Challenge will aim to repair and upgrade a variety of existing toilets plucked from the streets of Diepsloot, with the intent of returning them to local residents fully operational and connected to dispose of waste water safely.

Besides identifying project sites and finalizing Community Plumbing Challenge design briefs during the March visit, Healthabitat and IAPMO representatives worked to resolve further ways to support the important work of the WASSUP team, ensuring ongoing maintenance work will continue in a sustainable way.

Grant Stewart, International Project Manager for IAPMO said, “We are very excited to be here in Diepsloot this week, working alongside local community groups such as WASSUP and DACN [the Diepsloot Arts & Culture Network]. With their guidance, we are – step-by-step – putting plans in place to ensure a unique design collaboration experience for some of the best young talents from the international plumbing industry, on the ground here in Diepsloot, later this year.”

Dave Donald, Program Manager for Healthabitat, added: “Community Plumbing Challenge 2016 is being designed to provide an creative boost to the ongoing Diepsloot Sanitation Programme that Healthabitat have supported in various capacities since 2007. It will not only ensure that good work of past, present and future volunteers is kept up, but that – more importantly – the health of local residents continues to be addressed.”