PT IAPMO Mengadakan Kegiatan Community Plumbing Challenge 2017
Liputan6.com, Cicau Cikarang 10 November 2017 - Akses untuk air bersih dan sanitasi yang baik merupakan hak asasi setiap manusia. Walaupun demikian peranan sistem plambing seringkali terlupakan.
PT IAPMO Group Indonesia melakukan kemitraan dengan Yayasan International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWSH) mengadakan kegiatan Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC-2017) untuk membangun fasilitas sanitasi, mengkonstruksi toilet, instalasi air bersih dan sistem air limbah. Melalui kemitraan ini, CPC-Indonesia merancang dan memasang fasilitas toilet baru yang akan dihibahkan ke sebuah sekolah pilihan di Indonesia.
Bagian pertama dari CPC2017 Design Week, diadakan dari tanggal 31 Juli sampai 3 Agustus yang lalu di Sekolah Dasar Negeri Cicau 02. Selama Design Week, sebuah Tim Internasional yang terdiri dari ahli plambing, insinyur plambing dan arsitek dari Indonesia, India, Australia dan Amerika Serikat menyelesaikan survei dan proses desain selama empat hari dengan konsultasi penuh dengan manajemen sekolah dan dengan masukan lebih lanjut dari guru dan anak sekolah. Solusi untuk mengganti tangki penampungan air, air limbah dan cuci tangan di sekolah adalah tujuan kolaborasi ini, dan rencana kerja yang dihasilkan akan dilaksanakan oleh sebuah Tim Internasional yang handal selama CPC2017 Construction Week.
Pada CPC2017 Construction Week telah ditentukan tetap di lokasi SDN Cicau 02, Cikarang dengan menghadirkan para ahli plambing, guru dan murid plambing, arsitek, perancang dan insinyur dari berbagai negara seperti Australia, India, Indonesia, Irlandia dan Amerika Serikat yang tergabung dalam Tim Internasional CPC2017.
Tim internasional merenovasi fasilitas toilet di SDN Cicau 02 dengan memperluas toilet yang sudah ada di kedua gedung sekolah. Dari 4 toilet yang sudah ada menjadi 8 toilet yang layak untuk digunakan oleh 12 staff dan 300 murid. Tak hanya itu, Tim Internasional CPC 2017 juga membangun area untuk mencuci tangan yang baru di depan fasilitas toilet dan memasang 2 tangki penyimpanan air baru yang ditinggikan untuk meningkatkan pasokan air serta sistem pembuangan air limbah baru di sekolah.
Menurut Grant Stewart asal Australia, selaku IWSH Project Manager: “Kami memilih SDN 02 Cicau sebagai tempat untuk CPC2017 karena saya melihat kondisi kebersihan dan kesehatan yang memerlukan penanganan secara bersama seperti tempat mencuci tangan, perlunya membangun toilet yang lebih banyak untuk para murid, masalah pada pompa air dan keluarnya air. Sehingga pada akhirnya kami ingin melihat masyarakat dan para keluarga disini menjadi lebih sehat dan lebih memperhatikan kebersihan”
Ada salah satu peserta dari kota New York tergerak ikut serta dalam CPC2017 mengatakan : “Kegiatan ini sangat penting untuk semua orang untuk mendapatkan air bersih. Ini adalah pertama kalinya saya ke Indonesia, tantangannya adalah mengkombinasikan keahlian arsitektur, konstruksi dan bidang lain yang sesuai untuk menyediakan fasilitas sanitasi dan kebutuhan air bersih di daerah terpencil.” Ujar Vinny Falkowski asal Amerika Serikat, mewakili America Society of Plumbing Engineers.
Greg Tink asal Australia, mewakili Plumbing Industry Climate Action Center mengatakan “Ini pertama kalinya saya ke Indonesia untuk membangun sistem toilet dan sanitasi untuk murid di sekolah untuk mendapatkan air bersih agar menjadi lebih sehat.”
Selain team Internasional ikut pula team dari Indonesia yaitu Budiman Syahputra asal Indonesia, sebagai Guru Plambing : “Berawal dari mengikuti event plambing internasional, saya bergabung di CPC2017. Dalam membuat design instalasi sanitasi sempat terjadi beberapa perbedaan pendapat, namun pada akhirnya desain bisa disesuaikan dengan fungsinya”
“Bekerja sama dengan orang dari berbagai negara merupakan pengalaman pertama bagi kami. Disini kami belajar untuk disiplin dan mendalami tentang plambing.” Taufik hidayat dan Taufik Iqbal asal Indonesia, sebagai Relawan.
CPC 2017 ini menjadi awal untuk membangun kepedulian warga tentang pentingnya air bersih bagi kehidupan mereka. Dengan kondisi sanitasi di SDN Cicau 02 yang memprihatinkan, IWSH bekerjasama dengan IAPMO Group Indonesia bersama dengan dukungan dari World Plumbing Council memperbaikinya sebagai contoh untuk para warga masyarakat Cikarang. Kegiatan ini akan diselesaikan oleh Tim Internasional yang berasal dari berbagai Negara pada CPC2017 Construction Week mulai tanggal 9 November sampai 15 November 2017.
Community Plumbing Challenge Aims to Demonstrate Plumbing’s Vital Role in Global Health
Cikarang, Bekasi, Indonesia (Nov. 15, 2017) — The 2017 International Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC2017) completed its Construction Week activities on Wednesday, delivering a sustainable upgrade of water supply, wastewater, and hand-washing facilities at an elementary school in Cicau Village, Cikarang, Bekasi (West Java), Indonesia. In addition to the plumbing improvements being delivered at the school, CPC2017 also provided free medical treatment and counseling on the importance of hygiene for public health during the weeklong event.
The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) Community Plumbing Challenge program aims to contribute to improving public health in areas where communities are still threatened by the lack of basic sanitation and safe drinking water systems. Previously the program was presented in India (2015) and South Africa (2016).
During Construction Week, an International Team of plumbing professionals – plus trades including Bricklaying, Welding and Carpentry – from Indonesia, India, Australia, and the United States improved facilities at Sekolah Dasar Negeri (SDN: “Public Elementary School”) Cicau 02 and invited the community to participate in educational seminars intended to link sanitation and hygiene to public health.
“CPC2017, our most ambitious and far-reaching program yet, brought together young, talented tradespeople from around the world to Cicau Village in Indonesia to provide clean water and safe, reliable sanitation to an elementary school and to teach the schoolchildren – and the village as a whole – about how important plumbing is to one’s health,” IWSH Managing Director Megan Lehtonen said.
The Construction Week work plan included renovating existing toilet facilities in one of the buildings at SDN Cicau 02; increasing the number of toilets from two to four; constructing a new hand-washing area outside the renovated toilets; installing two new elevated water tanks for improved water supply; and installing a new wastewater system.
In addition to the work plan, on Nov. 11 a team representing IWSH held social events on the importance of hygiene for public health, in collaboration with Cikarang District Health Clinic. Activities at Cicau Village Hall included free medical treatment and counseling on the importance of proper hand-washing.
PKK Cicau Village Chairman Ibu Juriah said the activity was valuable for teaching children how to wash their hands and about the overall importance of hygiene. Another resident, Mrs. Herlina, said obtaining clean water in the village was difficult. She said that even though there are local, government-owned water utilities called PDAMs, the water is not distributed properly. Residents buy clean water in order to bathe, but if money is short they are often forced to bathe and wash in a pond. Additionally, she said, they only have soap – and no clean water – to wash their hands. A farmer, Mr. Irin, voiced concern that water pipes that had not yet reached his village. He was hopeful the pipes will get to his village soon, as a drought would cause the wells in his house to dry out.
Dr. Aria Sarlito, who volunteered to participate in the Public Health Awareness Showcase presented during CPC2017 Construction Week, taught children about proper handwashing stages and using soap for hygiene. He reminded them that people’s hands touch many objects that may contain germs, and that proper hand-washing removes dirt and kills germs that can cause illness. Hand-washing steps were explained in a very interesting manner and songs were used to make it easy for children to remember.
Students Ardan, Rahmat and Fatur were very enthusiastic about memorizing the proper hand-washing steps, and they were hopeful that the CPC2017 activities would renovate toilets and sanitation in their schools. Sixth-grade students Alia and Flower said that although teachers stress the importance of keeping the toilet facilities clean, they were still very dirty.
In addition to teaching students how to properly wash their hands, Dr. Yuke Rishna Arryani, a general practitioner who often provides free medical treatment in the village, talked about the connection between diarrhea and improper hygiene. She cited several factors, but said the low availability of clean water is a primary one. The Cikarang District Health Clinic provides counseling for sanitation, and patients affected by diarrhea are referred for education. Yuke said fortunately, the number of people affected by diarrhea continues to decline each year. She said the CPC2017 activity indirectly helped their programs raise awareness about the importance of clean water.
PROGRAM INTERNASIONAL COMMUNITY PLUMBING CHALLENGE BERTUJUAN UNTUK MENUNJUKKAN BAHWA PLUMBING SANGAT PENTING BAGI KESEHATAN GLOBAL
Cicau Cikarang, 11 November 2017 - Selain sedang merenovasi toilet dan sarana kebersihan lainnya di SDN Cicau 02 Cikarang, pada tanggal 11 November 2017 Team dari International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH)berkesempatan untuk mengadakan Kegiatan sosial bertemakan pentingnya kebersihan untuk kesehatan masyarakat. Kegiatan yang dilaksanakan di Balai Desa Cicau meliputi kegiatan pengobatan gratis serta penyuluhan tentang pentingnya mencuci tangan yang baik dan benar untuk kesehatan.
Beberapa warga yang datang merasa antusias dengan adanya kegiatan ini. Salah satunya adalah Ibu Juriah, Ketua PKK desa Cicau. Beliau menyampaikan bahwa kegiatan Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 (CPC2017) ini dapat menambah wawasan untuk anak-anak agar tahu cara mencuci tangan yang benar serta seberapa pentingnya kebersihan. Berbeda lagi dengan Ibu Herlina, warga Cicau yang mengeluhkan betapa sulitnya mendapatkan air bersih di desa Cicau. Walaupun menggunakan PDAM, tetapi air tetap tidak terdistribusi dengan baik. Untuk mandi seringkali warga membeli air bersih, namun jika tidak ada uang, warga lebih sering mandi dan mencuci di empang. Bahkan untuk mencuci tangan sering kali hanya menggunakan sabun seadanya. Lain lagi dengan Bapak Irin yang berprofesi sebagai seorang petani. Beliau mengutarakan keluh kesahnya tentang saluran pipa air yang belum sampai ke desanya. Beliau sangat berharap saluran pipa air bisa sampai ke desanya agar bisa lebih mudah untuk mendapatkan air bersih, karena jika kemarau datang, sumur dirumahnya menjadi kering.
Peran para dokter disini sangat penting. Dokter Aria Sarlito yang secara sukarela ikut serta dalam CPC2017 mengajarkan anak-anak tentang tahapan mencuci tangan yang benar dan menggunakan sabun agar higienis. Tangan kita menyentuh banyak benda yang mungkin saja mengandung banyak kuman. Mencuci tangan yang benar adalah membersihkan secara keseluruhan agar bersih dari kotoran dan membunuh kuman yang dapat menyebabkan penyakit. Langkah-langkah mencuci tangan juga dijelaskan dengan sangat menarik dan menggunakan lagu agar anak-anak dapat mudah mengingatnya.
Beberapa anak-anak yang sempat diwawancarai adalah Ardan, Rahmat dan Fatur. Mereka merupakan siswa SDN Cicau 01. Mereka sangat antusias menghafalkan langkah-langkah mencuci tangan yang benar. Selain itu mereka juga berharap kegiatan CPC2017 juga dapat merenovasi toilet dan sanitasi di sekolah mereka. Lain lagi dengan Alia dan Bunga yang juga merupakan siswi kelas 6 di SDN Cicau 01. Menurut mereka toilet di sekolahnya sangat kotor dan banyak kuman. Kesadaran para siswa untuk menjaga kebersihan toilet masih sangat kurang. Walaupun sudah diajarkan cara menggunakan toilet yg benar oleh para guru, tetap saja kepedulian para siswa masih sangat kurang.
Selain mengajarkan cara mencuci tangan yang baik dan benar, Dr Yuke Rishna Arryani sebagai dokter umum yang sering melakukan pengobatan gratis di balai desa Cicau mengungkapkan, bahwa tidak sedikit warga Cicau yang terserang diare. Penyebabnya bisa dari beberapa faktor, namun salah satunya adalah karena ketersediaan air bersih yang kurang lancar. Di puskesmas desa cicau sendiri sudah disediakan klinik konseling untuk sanitasi, sehingga pasien yang terkena diare bisa dirujuk ke klinik konseling untuk diedukasi. Menurut dokter Yuke, setiap tahunnya warga yang terkena diare jumlahnya terus menurun. Dengan adanya kegiatan CPC2017 ini, secara tidak langsung membantu program mereka untuk memberi kesadaran betapa pentingnya air bersih. Bapak Salih yang juga berprofesi sebagai perawat menyampaikan, semoga pembangunan sanitasi menjadi lebih merata agar warga di desa cicau ini bisa merasakan manfaat toilet baru dan secara tidak langsung dapat membuat warga lebih mengerti pentingnya kebersihan diri.
IWSH Community Plumbing Challenge bertujuan untuk berkontribusi terhadap perbaikan kesehatan masyarakat di wilayah masih terancam oleh kurangnya sanitasi dasar dan sistem air minum yang aman. Program ini telah diselenggarakan di India (2015), Afrika Selatan (2016) dan tahun ini di Indonesia.
Ini adalah gerakan dari para profesional beserta para siswa magang dari SMK yang bekerja di bidang kesehatan dan sanitasi yang akan menunjukkan kepada masyarakat bagaimana cara terbaik untuk membangun sarana setempat, dan akan mendidik masyarakat sekitar tentang manfaat dari pendekatan tersebut.
CPC2017 yang berlangsung sejak tanggal 9 November sampai 15 November 2017 di SD Negeri Cicau Cikarang merupakan contoh yang sangat inspiratif. Diharapkan program ini bisa berlansung secara merata dan dapat menjadi contoh betapa pentingnya air bersih, mencuci tangan dengan benar, sanitasi serta toilet yang layak dan bersih bagi kesehatan.
Community Plumbing Challenge Construction Week Set to Begin in Indonesia
Ontario, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2017)— The first Community Plumbing Challenge Construction Week, the second half of the Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 (CPC2017) program, will begin Thursday in Cicau Village in Cikarang, Bekasi (West Java), Indonesia. The international Community Plumbing Challenge brings together design, construction and education as action for improving public health in regions where communities are still threatened by a lack of basic sanitation and safe drinking water systems.
The first part of CPC2017, Design Week, was held from July 31 to Aug. 3 at Sekolah Dasar Negeri (SDN; “Public Elementary School”) Cicau 02. During Design Week, an International Team comprising young plumbers, plumbing engineers and architects from Indonesia, India, Australia and the United States completed a surveying and design process over four days in full consultation with school management and with further input from teachers and schoolchildren. A sustainable upgrade solution for water supply, wastewater and handwashing at the school was the objective of this collaboration, and the resulting work plans will be implemented by an expanded International Team during Construction Week. The project will be delivered in full collaboration with the local community from Nov. 9 to 15.
“We are excited to welcome several of the young Design Week participants back for a second time, to Construction Week; many of them have told us that they have ‘caught the bug’, and want to do all they can to support the work through to completion,” said Project Manager Grant Stewart. “The combined skillset of our CPC2017 International Team has now been expanded to include bricklayers, welders, carpenters and tilers alongside our plumbers and plumbing engineers. We are looking forward to what will be an intensive, challenging but ultimately rewarding Construction Week. From the moment we touch down on Wednesday, November 8, the team will be reminded not only what we are here to do, but we are here to do it.”
“We are extremely grateful for the support of all our Indonesian and International partners and sponsors, with special thanks to new supporters who have connected with the CPC2017 program in the short period since Design Week,” added Project Manager Seán Kearney. “With each new project our supporter network continues to expand, and we are working hard to ensure that all organizations and their representatives will enjoy maximum benefit from their involvement in the program this year.”
You may stay tuned to all developments from CPC2017 Construction Week via Facebook and on Twitter @CommPlumbing.
CPC2017 Construction Week is presented by:
• PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) – Indonesia
• IWSH (International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation)
• World Plumbing Council
• ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) – USA
• UA Plumbers Local 78 (United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs) – USA
• Pan-Pacific Mechanical – USA
• P.I.P.E. (Piping Industry Progress & Education) – USA
• PHCC Educational Foundation (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association) – USA
• PICAC (Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre) – Australia
• UA Plumbers Local 68 (United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs) – USA
• UA Plumbers Local 400 (United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs) – USA
• USAID (United States Agency for International Development) – USA/Indonesia
In association with:
• American Welding Society – USA/Indonesia
• PT. Asian Welding Specialist – Indonesia
• Ayooklik – Indonesia
• BSN (Badan Standardisasi Nasional/National Standardization Agency) – Indonesia
• Cikarang District Health Clinic – Indonesia
• Healthabitat O/S – Australia
• IAPMO India (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) – India
• Lincoln Electric – USA/Indonesia
• Milwaukee Tool – USA
• SAN-EI – Indonesia
• SST Singapore (School of Science and Technology) – Singapore
• SMK 01, Jakarta (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan/Vocational High School) – Indonesia
• SMK 26, Jakarta (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan/Vocational High School) – Indonesia
• Singapore Plumbing Society
• Smart Komodo Consulting – Indonesia
• PT. Surya TOTO Indonesia
• Troppo Architects – Australia
• University of Western Australia
• PT. Wahana Duta Jaya Rucika – Indonesia
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.”
Follow us on Twitter @CommPlumbing
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 www.iwsh.org.
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 www.iwsh.org 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.”