Water Sanitation Health

Health aspects of plumbing

The World Health Organization and the World Plumbing Council present this publication on health aspects of plumbing noting that sustainable health, especially for children, is not possible without access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation facilities.

This publication describes the processes involved in the design, installation and maintenance of effective plumbing systems. It recommends a number of plumbing system design and installation specifications that have demonstrated their validity from years of experience. It also examines the microbiological, chemical, physical and financial risks associated with plumbing, outlines the major risk management approaches that are used in the plumbing industry and emphasizes the importance of measures to conserve supplies of safe drinking-water.

This publication is dedicated to assisting in achieving the best possible plumbing levels to ensure the highest health benefits from use of sound plumbing practices. It is aimed at administrators and plumbers working in areas that are served by a mains drinking-water supply or sewerage system, or are about to install a mains drinking-water supply or sewerage system. It should be of particular value to those working in countries or areas that are in the early stages of introducing effective plumbing systems.

Radio Interviews

A link is provided here to the radio interviews of Dr Jamie Bartram, Coordinator, Water, Sanitation and Health Programme, WHO, Mr José Hueb, Water, Sanitation and Health Programme, WHO, co-author of the report and Mr Russ Chaney, Executive Secretary, World Council of Plumbing.

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Publishing and ordering information

© World Health Organization 2006
Published jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Plumbing Council
ISBN 92 4 156318 4
ISBN 978 92 4 156318 5
Price: US$ 18,00; in developing countries: US$ 12.60
Order No. 11500666
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