Cicau Village in Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, will host this year’s international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC), IAPMO Group CEO GP Russ Chaney announced at the fourth annual IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference in Jakarta.
Indonesia becomes the third country to host the CPC, following India in 2015 and South Africa in 2016. Top young apprentices and professionals representing four or five different countries are expected to participate, joining forces to form a long-term international collaboration that will deliver improved sanitation infrastructure and facilities in the Cicau area and others like it. In a new development from previous editions, CPC2017 will be presented in two parts — a “Design Week” in August and a “Construction Week” in November.
CPC2017 will be presented by the International Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Foundation, in association with the World Plumbing Council. The project will be based at local school SD Negeri Cicau 02, with other promotional and participatory activities planned across the village for the duration of the event.
Speaking in Jakarta, Chaney highlighted the CPC’s role in spearheading the mission of the newly established IWSH Foundation.
“IWSH is now in place to align efforts and extend the great work of organizations, governments and industry working across the water, sanitation and hygiene sector,” Chaney said. “While the CPC targets direct impact in the heart of communities where water systems are unsafe or unsustainable. Combined, the two platforms offer huge potential for improving living conditions and public health for specific areas in need, so we are particularly excited to launch our newest program here in Indonesia this year to continue building bridges across our growing network of local and international partners.”