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Did you know that in 2015, 29% of the global population (2.1 billion people) lacked safely managed drinking water services – meaning water at home, available, and safe. 61% of the global population (4.5 billion people) lacked safely managed sanitation services – meaning use of a toilet or latrine that leads to treatment or safe disposal of excreta? Data on handwashing were too few to make a global estimate, but in sub-Saharan Africa, 15% of the population had access to a handwashing facility with soap and water.
The 2.1 billion people without safely managed drinking water services includes 1.3 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved water source located within 30 minutes; 263 million people with limited services, or an improved water source requiring more than 30 minutes to collect water; 423 million people taking water from unprotected wells and springs, and 159 million people collecting untreated surface water from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.
The 4.5 billion people without safely managed sanitation services includes 2.1 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved sanitation facility which is not shared; 600 million people with limited services, or an improved sanitation facility which is shared; 856 million people using unprotected latrines or bucket toilets, and 892 million people collecting practising open defecation.
Sanitation for 7 million people in the next 7 years by Silvina Perriello, Directora de Relaciones Institucionales en Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A There should be plenty of jobs for plumbers. Click here.
Alderman Charles Bowman will join us with his wife Samantha as our principal guest and speaker. The Court of Aldermen has confirmed that if Charles is one of the Aldermen endorsed by the Livery at Common Hall at the end of September, he will be elected as Lord Mayor for the year commencing November 2017. In the heart of the City we shall be transported to the land of turquoise seas and endless summer. The Master has planned a gay and convivial evening with a bit of Caribbean style. A trio from the RASPO Steel Orchestra will entertain at our reception in the terrace and herb garden and the whole group will play during and after dinner in the splendid Barber-Surgeons’ Hall. Our menu may also have a hint of Caribbean flavour.
The flyer and booking form can be found by clicking here. Do please get the date in your diaries now and be sure to book soon for what promises to be a highly enjoyable and slightly different Livery event.
The WHO and WHO in conjunction with UN-Water have just produced two fascinating and informative repoprts on Water Safety Plans and on WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health). For further information and access to the reports click on the heading above.
These reports provide some backgroungd information to the work of the Plumbers' charity in helping to support Village by Village to provide safe sanitation in Ghana. Click here for more detail
Read all about a very enjoyable visit to Henley on Thames, an enjoyable lunch and a cruise on a steam river boat by clicking here.
In June 2017, Lincoln Cathedral hosted the City of London Livery Companies for a two day festival. The Heritage Skills Festival celebrated the fine craftsmanship that keeps our built heritage alive today. To view some of the craftsmen on Youtube click here. For some photos courtesy of Lincoln Cathedral Works Department click here.
Geoff Westall EngTech MCIPHE RP was elected as National President at the Institute's AGM, which took place on 30 June at United Insurance Brokers Ltd, in London, while Tracey Richardson EngTech LCGI MCIPHE RP was voted in as the Vice President.
Geoff has been a long-standing CIPHE member, joining way back in 1981. He has served as CIPHE branch secretary for Lincolnshire and Area Co-ordinator for Midlands, as well as supporting outgoing President Paul Williams during the previous year in his role as Vice President.
In this issue: The Bank on Safety scheme comes into effect; City election results; mental health awareness in business; a preview of the Londinium season; and big plans for a cultural hub. Cick here for your copy.