Dan Daniels, retired chief plumbing inspector for Pueblo, Colo., and a former IAPMO president (2010-11), has taken over as chairman of the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), a registered 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to work to improve on the human condition by fostering the basic human right of safe access to clean water and sanitation.
“It is an honor to serve as IWSH chairman,” Daniels said. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees members for their continued service and dedication to IWSH and extend my gratitude to all those who have donated to keep the important work of the foundation moving forward.”
A 40-year veteran of the plumbing trade, Daniels retired from the city of Pueblo after 26 years, 19 of those as chief plumbing inspector, but has remained active in the industry via his work with IAPMO committees and the IWSH Board of Trustees, of which he is a charter member. He succeeds inaugural chairman Tom Gugino.
“Serving as IWSH chairman gave me a chance to continue helping bring a basic form of sanitation to those countries where sewer systems and treatment plants are too costly to build,” Gugino said. “I will never forget the happiness I witnessed from those people we have been able to help. Together we can change lives. It has been a great honor to serve as the first chairman.
“Dan Daniels has served IAPMO on numerous committees and on the Board of Directors before
becoming the vice president and president. He has served IAPMO with great distinction and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the IWSH Foundation as our new chairman.”
In November, IWSH completed the Community Plumbing Challenge 2017 (CPC2017), which improved the drinking water and sanitation facilities at a public elementary school in Indonesia. A continuation of that work, featuring an expanded team of local apprentices renovating toilets in a second building at the school, will constitute a CPC2017 “legacy” project.
IWSH is uniquely positioned to maximize the standardization and implementation of water and sanitation services by combining a near century of technical expertise, promoting international codes, standards, and regulations across the industry. It works to create innovative strategies, partnerships, and in-country programs that will result in direct real world impact through the enhancement of physical schools, facilities, and the upskilling of thousands of workers across the globe. The foundation’s vision goes beyond clean water and sanitation — it is to build the framework, work force, and supply chains to sustainably grow these services in every country.