We all know that water is integral to restaurant operations. Whether it’s used to serve, prepare meals or clean dishes, restaurants can better succeed by making it important to understand that water must be used efficiently.

It may sound like an afterthought at first, but running a more water-efficient business can be as simple as sitting down at your weekly staff meeting to discuss ways to appreciate the value of water use – the likelihood is that, everyone has a hand in the business and they all turn on a tap dozens of times a day.

This Saturday, March 11 is World Plumbing Day, a day to celebrate how access to water to drink, to clean and to flush is critical to development and prosperity. Every year the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating activates its membership in observation and appreciation of this day and we are excited that Restaurants Canada has provided another platform. We truly have a chance to make a difference.

Our message is simple – we all need to think about water with respect, as it truly is our most precious resource. On World Plumbing Day, all we ask is that each of us does what we can to show that respect. It could be taking a shorter shower, turning off the tap when you brush your teeth and, in the case of the restaurant industry, perhaps only filling up the glasses of your patrons upon request. That one simple act, combined with a little communication as to its significance, would reach thousands of people who might not read this post.

Adding to this logic, please take some time to watch this video from Victoriaville, Quebec, featuring the mayor and a young woman who is working in her community to try and ensure we all appreciate the importance of water.

World Plumbing Day is a chance to start the conversation we all need to be having every day about the importance of water in our society … before it is too late.

Also, please feel free to view and share our 150 Days of Plumbing on Twitter, to mark our country’s anniversary.

Ralph Suppa is the President and General Manager of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating. r.suppa@ciph.com