The importance of the plumbing profession is greatly misunderstood. In history, the Romans were credited with developing the first plumbing systems; however, it would be several more hundred years before scientists discovered the threat of the bacteria and disease that existed in the unfiltered water of the Roman public baths.
The Importance of Sanitation to Plumbers
American plumbers adopted the slogan, “The Plumber Protects the Health of the Nation” in the early 20th Century, as a reminder to the public of the importance of sanitation that the plumbing profession provides. The importance outweighs the greatest medical milestones and breakthroughs in history, like antibiotics and anesthesia when comparing the two professions, making the plumbers the first line of defense when it comes to protecting the public’s health before medicine.
The Threat of Waterborne Diseases Continue in Third-World Countries
Today in the United States, there are safe practices governed by plumbing codes and standards implemented by highly skilled and licensed professionals, but in third-world countries like India, the threat of waterborne diseases and contamination continues. The effect of those unsanitary conditions is more readily apparent there. The president of the Indian Plumbing Association stated in an article, “Plumbing is a profession with direct relevance to the health and safety of the citizens. As high as 7.5% of deaths in India are attributed to water and sanitation-related causes.”
Today, the governed plumbing codes and standards in the United States ensure safety against waterborne illnesses like typhoid fever, cholera, and dysentery which were the main threats to life in the early 19th Century. “The contamination of drinking water was at one time the single greatest cause of human disease and death for Americans.”
Don’t Put Yourself At Risk to Save a Few Bucks
People don’t understand that when homeowners try to save few bucks by doing their own plumbing, sometimes they cause cross-connections that may be putting themselves and their neighborhood at risk. Thankfully, we are licensed professional Plumbers who can fix the problems before they get too dangerous.