Plumbing is a sore topic for me as I always manage to flood bathrooms, break toilets, and splash tap water down my crotch every time I’m wearing light tan trousers. However, Plumbing Day isn’t so much about appreciating the guys who fix pipes (that’s on 25th April), it’s about clean and safe water for all.

It’s often said that people in the more developed countries take basic necessities for granted, such as drinking water that doesn’t have parasites, diseases and the occasional dead animal floating in it, and to be fair why shouldn’t we? We take basic necessities for granted because, surely by their very nature, that’s how they should be treated. But then there are people in the world that can’t even be certain that a mouthful of water won’t make their young child terribly sick, and unfortunately that fact will be around for quite a while longer.

However, there are plenty of charities that help developing countries, and Oxfam is just one example. If you’re interested in doing your little bit, you can buy safe water for ten people for just £9. It’s totally up to you what you do with your money and it doesn’t make you a bad person for not making a purchase, but the link’s there if it’s of interest.

I’m now off to have a cup of tea and a bath, and at least this evening I’ll make sure to appreciate them for the luxuries they truly are, especially when I swamp the bathroom floor.


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