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Plumbers association aims to ‘save’ 25 lakh ltrs of water in state this year

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Panaji

Aiming to save 25 lakh litres of water in the state, this year, the Goa Chapter of the Indian Plumbers Association (IPA) will take up various activities to achieve this target, including roping in school and college students in the ‘Save water’ campaign, interacting with the stakeholders in the field and finally, working towards preventing misuse of water indoors and controlling leakages of potable water between its generating point and the end user point. 

Maintaining that the term plumbing is misunderstood by public in general, who link it solely with fitting and repair of taps, the chairman of the state IPA Chapter, Ashok Joshi said that the association has recently started a Student Chapter at the Government Polytechnic, Panaji, with 25 of its students enrolled as the ambassadors for promoting ‘Save water’ campaign.

 “We intend to enrol more students in this Chapter, as also would soon set up a plumbing laboratory at this city-based engineering institute – the third such laboratory in the country following similar labs in Pune and Coimbatore – for the benefit of all students of Goa and the professionals linked to the building industry,” he informed, pointing out that more such Student Chapters would be set up at the Goa College of Engineering, Farmagudi, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, and other educational institutes.

It was also informed that the IPA is conducting the Indian Plumbing Professionals League (IPPL) to disseminate information on its plumbing standards and codes, including the Uniform Illustrated Plumbing Code of India, 2017. The IPPL while imparting knowledge on plumbing products, as well as techniques and installation practices, will culminate through national quiz competitions for the building and architectural community.

In Goa, the state level IPPL quiz contest would be held on October 5, 2019 and the topper at this quiz competition will participate in the national level IPPL quiz.

Addressing a press conference in the city on Tuesday, Joshi said that the Goa IPA Chapter will also interact with many stakeholders like state unit of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI), Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), and so on, who can contribute towards preventing water loss by way of its misuse.

The secretary of the state IPA Chapter, Keyur Desai, speaking on the occasion said that fitting aerators to health faucet, wash basins and showers reduces 30 per cent to 40 per cent of water used by a person – who, on an average needs 135 litres of water per day – through restrictive use of water, without compromising on the end effect as pressure flow of water is maintained. “We will be targeting hospitals, hotels, institutions and schools for aerators to be installed,” he
observed.

Desai also said that the government departments like water resources and public works would be suggested to fit leak detectors along the water supply network, at regular intervals, to ensure that there are no leakages and drop in the pressure.  

IPA has been involved in saving water since 2013 by launching Water Efficient Products-India.

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