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By: Kelly-Ann Prinsloo – writer

Candice Gomes, national project sales manager at Grohe Dawn Watertech, tells us what the World Plumbing Conference (WPC 2016) means to her company, the plumbing industry and Africa.

Promoting sustainable plumbing practises has never been more important, especially now as South Africa joins the rest of the world in its current state of water scarcity. The preservation of our most precious, and indeed finite, resource must be our top priority, especially in the plumbing industry, which is at the forefront of this crisis. Candice Gomes, national project sales manager at Grohe Dawn Watertech, gives us her thoughts on WPC 2016, to be held in Cape Town on 15-16 September 2016, and how it can help enhance sustainable plumbing practises across Africa.

Grohe is one of the world’s leading providers of sanitary fittings under one brand. As a global brand for sanitary products and systems, Grohe relies on its brand values quality, technology, design and sustainability in order to be able to offer ‘Pure freude an wasser’ (translated: pure enjoyment of water).

What does WPC 2016 mean to your brand, especially since you are part of the financial contribution to the overall sponsorship?
As a globally-recognised brand, Grohe sees significant value in sponsoring this globally-recognised event, as it illustrates the synergy and interdependence between large multinational brands and the industry in which they operate. The industry would not be what it is without a global player like Grohe, and Grohe would not be what it is without the industry. By setting the standards, norms, specifications and industry compliance levels, Grohe has to manufacture products which comply with industry expectations. Furthermore, Grohe, as a manufacturer, needs to work outside of the boundaries and norms which then test the industry watchdogs and bureau of standards, and force changes in regulation when innovation occurs. As an example, all basin mixers and taps should automatically be required to be fitted with a 6ℓ aerator, as it is not only sufficient for washing, rinsing and brushing ones' teeth, but it is also critical for the environment, considering the current water crises and shortages in and around Southern Africa.

What should delegates expect from a World Plumbing Conference?
I would assume that they are coming to hear about innovation, changes in regulation, changes in environmental conditions which are having global impacts, and seeing and hearing about what both manufacturers and regulation bodies are doing about this, and then understanding what they as stakeholders can do about it.

What do you say to potential delegates as to why they should attend?
As I said above, industry members should attend WPC 2016 because it will expose them to innovations in the industry, changes in regulation, and changes in environmental conditions which are having global impacts. They need to understand what both manufacturers and regulation bodies are doing about this, and they need to understand what they as stakeholders can do to help the industry get to where it needs to be.

I'm looking forward to the event, especially to hear what local legislators are planning on doing about the crises facing South Africa and the water shortages we are facing, as well as what they will be doing to rectify the increasing levels of pollution found in our water supply systems and fresh water streams, dams and rivers.

What impact will WPC 2016 have on the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA)?
The event could possibly assist IOPSA by illustrating to government that, despite their lack of involvement in water affairs, and the dire straits of water in our country, industry is still doing whatever possible to enforce regulation and work towards the improvement within the industry. IOPSA, government, merchants, manufacturers and professionals need to have a draft agreement, which aligns with Australia or Europe, and need to enforce all new residential properties to have water restricted products installed in them. Government needs to take the lead and have all their buildings fitted with water smart devices, and then the standard needs to be upheld. IOPSA need to do the audit and then name and shame those parties who aren't complying. Without a draft agreement and authorisation being given to IOPSA via a mandate from government authorities, the association will remain as a toothless body and the water affairs will continue being the disaster it currently is.

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Organisers
Interact Media Defined (Pty) Ltd (IMD) has been appointed to organise the event.

WPC 2016 Strategic Organising Committee
Lee Goldie – Chairperson, Larry Berger, Herman Lourens, Henry Soden, Robbie Webb, Gary Macnamara