Plumbers protect standards
WHEN you turn on the tap to pour a drink or brush your teeth this Friday, it would be a good time to stop and reflect on how fortunate we are in having access to safe drinking water.
Friday is World Plumbing Day and while access to safe drinking water here remains as simple as turning a tap, Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association chief executive Murray Thomas warned authorities to tread carefully about relaxing regulations to reduce red tape.
He said the ongoing issues and public outcry about Elizabeth Quay's water fountains reinforces the relevance and importance of that stance.
“Australia has some of the world's highest standards in plumbing and our plumbers contribute daily to protecting public health, driving environmental change and creating job opportunities for young people,” he said.
“We are all for cutting red tape, but not at the expense of health and safety.
“WA continues to enjoy world-class standards of service and consumer protection and we need to maintain that.”
The MPGA, with about 700 registered businesses and up to 90 new apprentices each year, expects demand for plumbers to rise in the next three years, with an uplift in WA's housing construction.
Each of Saturday's horse races at Ascot will be named with a plumbing connection as part of World Plumbing Race Day.