LIXIL and P.I.P.E. Step Up as Sponsors for IWSH’s Navajo Nation Community Plumbing Challenge

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 9, 2018) — LIXIL, the pioneering manufacturer of such brands as American Standard and Grohe, and the Piping Industry Progress & Education Trust Fund (P.I.P.E.) have generously extended support, both financial and products/materials, to the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWSH) Foundation’s 2018 International Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC) in Northwestern New Mexico from Oct. 22-26.

As Gold Level sponsors, LIXIL and P.I.P.E. become invaluable partners with IWSH and DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project as the CPC team provides households in the Baca-Prewitt area of the Navajo reservation with access to water and improved sanitation. The inclusion of products and materials in LIXIL’s sponsorship ensures project recipient homes will be equipped with some of the highest quality, most dependable products the industry has to offer.

“For more than 140 years, American Standard protected the health of our nation by providing access to safe plumbing,” said Troy Benavidez, vice president, public affairs, LIXIL Americas. “Now, as part of LIXIL, we have a commitment to bring safe sanitation to communities around the world and in our own backyard. We are thrilled to support IWSH and the DigDeep Navajo Water Project and are committed to assuring residents in the Baca-Prewitt area of the reservation have access to clean water and improved sanitation to make their lives healthier and safer.”

The Navajo Nation CPC assembles a multi-disciplined team of skilled tradespeople to execute plumbing and construction projects that will improve living conditions in approximately 10 households nominated by U.S.-based nonprofit organization DigDeep. Inside homes, a range of bathroom and kitchen renovations will be carried out, including the installation of new basins, taps, toilets, water tanks, water pumps, and hot- and cold-water pipework. Meanwhile, efforts outdoors will address the installation of, and connection to, new wastewater systems.

“We are committed to community-oriented projects that improve what surrounds us,” said Jaime Valdivia, P.I.P.E. director. “That is why we are excited to partner with and support the IWSH Foundation’s CPC. This challenge brings out the best in people and helps build a better future for the beneficiary families.”

IWSH is actively recruiting team members, sponsors, and partners for October’s Navajo Nation CPC. If you wish to be a sponsor, please direct your web browser here. If you would like to participate in the Navajo Nation CPC, go here. For more information about the event, visit the project website or email

“Having strong support is vital to any humanitarian project, and the philanthropic work IWSH is convening this year in the Navajo Nation is no different,” said Dan Daniels, chairman of the IWSH Board of Trustees. “We are thrilled to have LIXIL and P.I.P.E. committing to be gold sponsors for our project this fall. Securing support from manufacturers and labor, as we see from their high-level support, shows the breadth, backing, and enthusiasm the industry holds for our upcoming Community Plumbing Challenge.”

About IWSH
IWSH is uniquely positioned to maximize the standardization and implementation of water and sanitation services by combining a near century of technical expertise, promoting international codes, standards, and regulations across the industry. It works to create innovative strategies, partnerships, and in-country programs that will result in direct real-world impact through the enhancement of physical schools, facilities, and the upskilling of thousands of workers across the globe. The foundation’s vision goes beyond clean water and sanitation — it is to build the framework, work force, and supply chains to sustainably grow these services in every country.

LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve every day, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry leading brands, including LIXIL, GROHE, American Standard and FIAT. Over 70,000 colleagues operating in 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day.

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About P.I.P.E.
P.I.P.E. was formed in 1980 to improve communications between labor and management, to explore joint approaches to problems and to prevent potential problems, to improve occupational safety and health and other working conditions. The P.I.P.E. Partnership is a 3-way partnership between Labor, Management, and the customer. We are the joint Labor and Management cooperation committee and trust fund for the unionized plumbing, piping and HVACR industries in Southern California. We are the vehicle through which union contractors and union pipe trades workers advance the industry.

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IWSH Teams Up with DigDeep for Navajo Nation Community Plumbing Challenge

The Navajo Water Project, an initiative of the nonprofit organization DigDeep that was among the 2018 recipients of the U.S. Water Prize, will be the focus of IWSH’s 2018 international Community Plumbing Challenge from Oct. 22 to 26. The initiative’s goal is to help ensure that every American has clean, running water forever. The Navajo Water Project is hosted by the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, a small town in Northwestern New Mexico.

This Navajo Nation CPC will provide households in the Baca-Prewitt area of the reservation with access to water and improved sanitation. A multi-disciplined team of skilled tradespeople will execute plumbing and construction projects to improve living conditions in approximately 10 households nominated by DigDeep.

Inside homes, a range of bathroom and kitchen renovations will be carried out, including the installation of new basins, taps, toilets, water tanks, water pumps, and hot- and cold-water pipework. Meanwhile, efforts outdoors will address the installation of, and connection to, new wastewater systems.

“While we invest millions in water projects abroad, most Americans don't know that millions of people right here in the United States still don't have clean, running water,” said George McGraw, founder and executive director of DigDeep. “In 2016, I was invited to give a keynote presentation at IAPMO’s annual Education and Business Conference, hosted that year in Albuquerque, during which I explained DigDeep’s position as the only global water organization working here in the United States. So now, less than two years later, we are very excited to host this latest edition of the international Community Plumbing Challenge to further impact the ongoing Navajo Water Project.”

Residents and vocational students will also be involved in the upcoming program, and the project will showcase how plumbing practices, products, specialized tools and expertise can be applied to positively impact public health in their community.

“As demonstrated in previous international editions, the CPC creates a unique opportunity for plumbing professionals to gain experience and to learn new skills by working directly with talented tradespeople and industry experts,” said Dan Daniels, Chair of the IWSH board of trustees. “We encourage our industry partners and stakeholders across the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to consider nominating their best and brightest talents to join this upcoming project, which has all the ingredients to be an experience of a lifetime for personal and professional development.”

IWSH is actively recruiting team members, sponsors, and partners for October’s Navajo Nation CPC. If you wish to be a sponsor, please click here. If you would like to participate in the Navajo Nation CPC, please click here. For more information about the event, visit the project website at

Community Celebrates Completion of CPC2017 Projects in Indonesia

Ontario, Calif. (March 13, 2018) — The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), in collaboration with PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia and the World Plumbing Council, on Tuesday facilitated completion of the third international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC2017), bringing improved drinking water and sanitation facilities to a public elementary school in Indonesia. CPC2017 was delivered across three separate projects between August 2017 and March 2018: Design Week, Construction Week Phase One and Construction Week Phase Two, also known as the Legacy Project.

To mark the Legacy Project’s completion, the International Team was honored in a short ceremony Tuesday that also sought to reinforce the critical messages of personal hygiene, saving water and using the new toilet and hand-washing facilities correctly and effectively. Attendees included representatives of Pemerintah Kabupaten Bekasi, the government of Bekasi Regency.

The projects completed at Sekolah Dasar Negeri (SDN) Cicau 02 in Cicau Village, Cikarang, Bekasi (West Java), included the installation of eight new toilets; dedicated tap points in each toilet for dip flushing the toilets and cleaning the floors and walls; new hand-washing troughs; improved ventilation and natural light; two 2,000-liter water tanks and stands (replacing one 1,000-liter water tank); new evapotranspiration absorption beds as the final treatment for effluent; new widened pathways and improved access; and new litter disposal, sorting and collection point.

The upgraded facilities were designed and built referencing the new Indonesian Plumbing Standard, SNI 8153:2015, while incorporating expertise from IWSH partner Healthabitat O/S that was gained from the Healthabitat Nepal Village Sanitation and School Toilet Construction program.

In addition to the construction work, participants engaged in outreach across both the host school community and surrounding residential areas. These activities included classroom lessons and games addressing health, hygiene, plumbing and design; an ongoing series of hand-washing demonstrations; plumbing maintenance training with school staff; and the introduction of plumbing codes and standards to local industry.

Public health awareness and health screening events were also held in collaboration with Cikarang District Health Clinic and Kantor Desa Cicau (Village Authority Head Office), and mural painting and school art competitions marked World Plumbing Day 2018, celebrated March 11. Plumbing and construction skills demonstrations were held for schoolchildren and staff members.

The International Team present for the Legacy Project, which took place March 6-13, was Jati Pambudi of PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia; Raihan Rifqi Alfarez, Tommy Setyawan, Rahmat Mifathul Rangkuti, and Zaenal Bakhri of SMK 01, Jakarta; Matthew Lee O'Brien, Jake Matthew McLaren, and Steven Jeffery of PICAC/Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia; and Kade Preston of PICAC, Victoria, Australia) Three local contractors accompanied this group for the majority of the Legacy Project assignment, with the aim of encouraging additional skills exchange and education across the team.

The CPC2017 Legacy Project organizing team comprised IWSH International Project Managers Grant Stewart (Australia) and Seán Kearney (Ireland), IAPMO India Project Manager Swathi Saralaya, and PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia Office Manager Roy August. The organizing team was joined by Adrian Welke of Troppo Architects/Healthabitat O/S (Australia).

“Throughout the course of this Legacy Project, the organizing team held meetings with a variety of local and international groups with the target of developing further Community Plumbing-inspired projects in the surrounding region of Indonesia, and it is hoped that these potential collaborations will emerge in the months ahead,” Stewart said.

See the CPC2017 Legacy Project on Facebook and on Twitter by following @CommPlumbing.

CPC 2017 was sponsored by:
• 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
• Swinburne University of Technology – Australia
• PT. Surya TOTO – Indonesia
• Troppo Architects – Australia
• University of Western Australia
• PT. Wahana Duta Jaya Rucika – Indonesia

IWSH Foundation Invites Submissions to 2018 Scholarship Essay Competition: ‘If You Had to Choose One Location Within the United States to Conduct the Next Community Plumbing Challenge, Which Location Would You Choose and Why?’

Ontario, Calif. (March 12, 2018) — The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), a bridge for the international water, sanitation, and hygiene community with specific focus on the role of the plumbing industry in community collaborations and educational exchange, will again administer an essay competition awarding scholarships to three young people with an interest in how the plumbing and mechanical industry can create and promote positive change across the globe.

Participants in this year’s contest will submit essays expressing their thoughts on “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?”

“Though technologically advanced, the United States is not completely free of many of the same issues that plague residents of developing nations where it concerns access to healthy drinking water and efficient sanitation,” said IWSH board of trustees Chairman Dan Daniels. “By bringing the Community Plumbing Challenge home, IWSH would hope to increase awareness to the need for collaboration and improvement wherever it arises, anywhere on the planet.”

This topic chosen by the IWSH board of trustees provides ample room for exploration and solution finding by competition participants. The competition is open to any student actively enrolled in a high school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university or working in an apprentice program.

Submitted essays must be the completely original work of the submitter and a minimum of 1,000 words. The essay entry deadline is May 1, 2018, via e-mail, fax or mail to IAPMO World Headquarters. The winning essay will be announced in October at the 2018 IAPMO Education and Business Conference in Philadelphia. The author of the essay awarded first prize will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a one-year paid membership to IAPMO. Second-place winner will receive a $750 scholarship and the third-place winner will receive a $500 scholarship. All winning essays will also be published in Official, IAPMO’s membership magazine, and on the IAPMO website.

Individuals who meet the qualifications to submit an essay to the competition should include your name and your school’s or education/training organization’s name. All essays should be sent to Ms. Gabriella Davis at IAPMO by e-mail at; by fax at (909) 472-4222; or by standard mail to her attention at IAPMO, 4755 E. Philadelphia St., Ontario, CA 91761.

Legacy Project Set to Complete CPC2017 Program at Host School in Indonesia

Ontario, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2018) — The Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 Legacy Project, which will complete the sustainable plan for improved drinking water and sanitation facilities at a public elementary school in Indonesia, will take place March 6-13. The dates coincide with World Plumbing Day, celebrated annually on March 11.

CPC2017 took place at the elementary school Sekolah Dasar Negeri (SDN) Cicau 02 in Cicau Village, Cikarang, Bekasi (West Java). The program was delivered in two parts: a Design Week from July 31 to Aug. 3, 2017, and a Construction Week from Nov. 9 to 15, 2017.

In 2017, Indonesia became the third country in as many years to host the international Community Plumbing Challenge program, following India in 2015 and South Africa in 2016. The event brings together design, construction and education as a means of improving public health in regions where communities are still threatened by a lack of basic sanitation and safe drinking water systems.

The upcoming Legacy Project will complete renovation of the remaining toilet facilities at SDN Cicau 02 and will include construction of another hand-washing area for the second building at the school. This work represents Phase Two of the overall plan developed by the first CPC2017 International Team during Design Week.

On completion of the CPC2017 Legacy Project, more than 60 people will have participated in the program, from backgrounds as diverse as plumbing to project management, engineering to architecture, construction to coaching, and media to public health. In yet another new development of the Community Plumbing Challenge collaborative team model, the upcoming Legacy Project will also incorporate local contractors into the fold.

“Engaging local tradespeople was key in preparing the site for our first Construction Week,” IWSH Project Manager Grant Stewart said. “Ahead of that International Team assignment last November, a team of Cicau-based contractors carried out groundworks at the school in accordance with our Design Week plan: digging trenches, preparing concrete footings and initial brickwork. Their work was vital and meant our International Team could really hit the ground running on arrival to start work on the new toilet, hand-washing and wastewater facilities.

“For the final phase – the Legacy Project – we have decided to involve these local contractors again, only this time, as part of the International Team itself: to work alongside us for the duration of our week onsite. We believe they will provide the young students and apprentices with a unique perspective on the plumbing and construction work being carried out, and hopefully, vice versa. A skills exchange like no other! We have seen this approach used by IWSH partner Healthabitat O/S in their Village Sanitation Program in Nepal, so are keen to learn how the involvement of more local tradespeople can enhance our Community Plumbing Challenge project teams.”

The CPC2017 Legacy Project will once again feature students from the local vocational school system working alongside international peers. Four 11th-grade students from vocational school Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan 01, Jakarta will join three plumbing apprentices and one construction teacher representing PICAC – the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre – from Victoria, Australia.

You may stay tuned to all developments from the CPC2017 Legacy Project via Facebook and Twitter by following @CommPlumbing.

Dan Daniels Assumes Duties as Chairman of IWSH Foundation

Ontario, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Dan Daniels, retired chief plumbing inspector for Pueblo, Colo., and a former IAPMO president (2010-11), has taken over as chairman of the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), a registered 501(c)3 organization 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.

“It is an honor to serve as IWSH chairman,” Daniels said. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees members for their continued service and dedication to IWSH and extend my gratitude to all those who have donated to keep the important work of the foundation moving forward.”

A 40-year veteran of the plumbing trade, Daniels retired from the city of Pueblo after 26 years, 19 of those as chief plumbing inspector, but has remained active in the industry via his work with IAPMO committees and the IWSH Board of Trustees, of which he is a charter member. He succeeds inaugural chairman Tom Gugino.

“Serving as IWSH chairman gave me a chance to continue helping bring a basic form of sanitation to those countries where sewer systems and treatment plants are too costly to build,” Gugino said. “I will never forget the happiness I witnessed from those people we have been able to help. Together we can change lives. It has been a great honor to serve as the first chairman.

“Dan Daniels has served IAPMO on numerous committees and on the Board of Directors before becoming the vice president and president. He has served IAPMO with great distinction and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the IWSH Foundation as our new chairman.”

In November, IWSH completed the Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 (CPC2017), which improved the drinking water and sanitation facilities at a public elementary school in Indonesia. A continuation of that work, featuring an expanded team of local apprentices renovating toilets in a second building at the school, will constitute a CPC2017 “legacy” project.

PT IAPMO Mengadakan Kegiatan Community Plumbing Challenge  2017, 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.


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

Sponsored by:
• 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.”

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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.”