Here’s something to get flushed with excitement about: The Senate has designated March 11 as World Plumbing Day.
Even though the Senate is pretty clogged up with other important business, members took the time this week to honor the sanitation systems and the workers that we too often take for granted. Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber,” of 2008 presidential campaign fame, isn’t in Congress yet (though he’s running in Ohio). Still, the measure found plenty of support.
Potty puns aside, World Plumbing Day is actually a serious occasion: The measure designating it, sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennett, notes that “884,000,000 people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water” and that unclean water results in thousands of deaths of children under the age of 5 every day. It also sounds like the event is meant to be a Hug-Your-Plumber Day: The resolution states that “the people of the United States rely on plumbing professionals to maintain, repair, and rebuild the aging water infrastructure.”
The Senate clearly thinks that clean water for all is no pipe dream.