How Water-Wise Are You, Canada?

Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating Recognizes World Plumbing Day

TORONTO, March 11, 2015 /CNW/ - To mark World Plumbing Day, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) is encouraging Canadians to acknowledge the role plumbers play in providing safe and sanitary access to water. Furthermore, on World Plumbing Day, CIPH encourages Canadians to think about their water consumption, and to consider the technological advances and innovations available to promote water conservation.

Celebrated on March 11, 2015, World Plumbing Day is an international event initiated by the World Plumbing Council that recognizes the important role plumbing plays in our health and safety.

"As consumers, we don't typically think about plumbing until something goes wrong," says Ralph Suppa, president and general manager, CIPH. "Being conscious of the importance of water and adopting proactive habits is key to ensuring that we have clean water for generations to come."

In fact, a recent national survey conducted by CIPH to understand Canadians' water consumption habits found that:

  • The majority of Canadians surveyed take 5-10 minute showers (49.5 per cent of men vs. 48 per cent of women)
  • One-third of Canadians keep the water running while brushing their teeth
  • One-third of Canadians are using high-efficiency appliances
  • Canada is split 50/50 on how conscious they are about efficiently using their washing machines (i.e. using cold water, only using with full loads)

Did you know?
Did you know that switching your showerhead to a high-efficiency unit can save up to 200 litres of water during a ten minute shower? Or that, for the average Canadian family, a high-efficiency toilet can save up to 20,000 litres of water a year? If you didn't know the substantial savings that can be achieved through these simple water conservation tips, you're not alone: many Canadians are unaware how much water and energy can be saved with simple changes to their plumbing.

For tips on water conservation, visit CIPH's Because Water Matters microsite online at  

About World Plumbing Day
Every year, the World Plumbing Council initiates a world celebration for World Plumbing Day to highlight the importance of access to clean drinking water and sufficient sanitation, as well as the essential role the plumbing industry plays in keeping people safe and healthy. More information on World Plumbing Day can be found at and on Twitter (@WPlumbingDay).

About CIPH
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) is a not-for-profit trade association. Founded in Montreal in 1933, CIPH is a vibrant organization committed to providing members with the tools for success in today's competitive environment. More than 260 companies are members of this influential Canadian industry association. They are the manufacturers, wholesale distributors, master distributors, manufacturers' agents and allied companies who manufacture and distribute plumbing, hydronic heating, industrial, waterworks and other mechanical products. CIPH wholesalers operate more than 700 warehouses and showrooms across Canada. Total industry sales exceed $6 billion annually.

SOURCE Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating

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