March 2021 Edition
IAPMO to Co-Host Webinar in Celebration of World Water Day
The IAPMO Group is proud to announce, in celebration of World Water Day, it will co-host a webinar at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday titled “Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene in a World Combatting COVID.”

IAPMO will co-host the online event with Global Water 2020, InterAction, the Millennium Water Alliance, UNICEF USA, WaterAid America and the World Wildlife Fund, in conjunction with the Congressional International Water and Sanitation Caucus.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Gloria Steele will deliver remarks, along with U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Grace Meng (D-NY) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN). There will also be a special message from Sesame Street’s Raya.
President Biden Recognizes World Plumbing Day
President Joe Biden Mar. 11 in a letter to Tom Bigley, chairman of the World Plumbing Council and former IAPMO Board of Directors member, recognized World Plumbing Day, acknowledging the essential service plumbers and those in our industry provide to people worldwide to ensure their access to clean, healthy water and safe sanitation.

In the letter extending greetings to all observing World Plumbing Day — March 11, Every Year, Everywhere — the president wrote:

Today, we honor the hardworking plumbers and other trained professionals who work tirelessly to bring water — trickling down from our highest mountains and up from our deepest aquifers — into our homes and offices. These workers stitch communities together and help connect all people to this precious natural resource.
IAPMO Announces Virtual Education and Business Conference in September
Citing an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of members and staff, IAPMO has announced it will hold its 92nd annual Education and Business Conference virtually via Zoom web conference instead of in person in San Antonio as originally scheduled. The virtual event will occur Sept. 26-30.
IAPMO Standards Council Issues TIA UPC 002-21
The IAPMO Standards Council on March 11 issued one tentative interim amendment (TIA) affecting the 2021 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC ®).
TIA UPC 002-21 updated text in UPC Table 1701.1 pertaining to the ASSE 1055 standard edition and updates the title designation in Section 603.5.21.
IAPMO Publishes U.S., Canadian Standard for Detection, Monitoring, Control of Plumbing Systems
IAPMO has published ANSI/CAN/IAPMO Z1349-2021 (Devices for Detection, Monitoring or Control of Plumbing Systems) as both an American National Standard and National Standard of Canada. Formerly known as IGC 115 and IGC 349, the ANSI/CAN/IAPMO Z1349 covers devices for detection, monitoring or control of water supply and distribution systems for commercial and residential applications and specifies requirements for materials, performance testing, environmental limitations, installation and markings.
United Association Becomes Platinum IWSH Partner for 2021
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA) has generously become a Platinum partner of IAPMO’s International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) for 2021. The UA represents an estimated 340,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, service technicians and welders in local unions across North America. 

While IAPMO’s collaboration with the UA dates back more than 40 years, UA Director of Plumbing Services Tom Bigley said the UA and IWSH partnership is a natural extension of the two organizations' expertise and missions today.

“IWSH finds those who have the need for clean, sustainable water and sanitation, and the UA has the network throughout the United States and Canada to provide the skilled manpower and resources to work collectively to get the job done,” he said. “Both organizations have political connections that they can pool together to help get dedicated funding for future projects as well.”
IWSH, Ferguson Renew Partnership in Celebration of World Plumbing Day
As part of its celebration of World Plumbing Day, IWSH is pleased to announce it has renewed its partnership with Ferguson to expand access to life-saving water and sanitation services in the United States.
More than 30% of families living on the Navajo Nation are forced to haul water to their homes for drinking, bathing and sanitation. They are part of the 2 million Americans who live without running water and basic indoor plumbing — a number that is increasing in a number of states. Over the past three years, Ferguson has supported IWSH’s efforts to combat this trend by developing household water and decentralized waste solutions on the reservation. Additionally, Ferguson has been instrumental in supporting a plumbing training program at Navajo Technical University. Through this program, students will learn basic fundamental skills and benefit with increased access to apprenticeship and other employment opportunities.
IWSH, Uponor North America Announce Partnership to Mark World Plumbing Day
In recognition of World Plumbing Day, IWSH is pleased to announce a new partnership with Uponor North America that will help address critical water and sanitation inequities in the United States.

Today, more than 2 million Americans live without running water and basic indoor plumbing, and many more without access to safe sanitation. Recent studies have highlighted the fact that historically marginalized communities face the greatest challenges across the United States. Families on the Navajo Nation drive for hours to haul barrels of water to meet their basic needs. In the Central Valley of California, residents fill bottles at public taps because their water at home is not safe to drink. In West Virginia, people drink from polluted streams. In Alabama, parents warn their children not to play outside because their yards are flooded with sewage. These issues have only been compounded by the current public health crisis and are an important reminder of the role proper hygiene plays in stopping the spread of diseases.
IWSH, RPO to Collaborate for Enhanced WASH Services in Rwanda
IWSH and the Rwanda Plumbers Organization (RPO) announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will provide a framework for collaboration between the two parties. The signing of the two-year MOU is timed to coincide with World Plumbing Day 2021, an occasion that recognizes the vital impact the plumbing industry has on public health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity across the globe.

Under the new MOU, IWSH and the RPO intend to cooperate on providing water, sanitation and hygiene services to underserved populations and communities in Rwanda. The organizations will also work together on the development of codes and standards, professional licensing programs, and vocational education and training programs, as well as regional public health awareness activities.
IWSH, UA Local 68 to Launch ‘Safer Water for Nome’ Pilot Project
IWSH is excited to announce it will partner with UA Plumbers Local Union 68 in Houston this month to highlight and address water-quality issues in the city of Nome, Texas. The issues, which were aggravated by recent winter storm conditions, originated with damage to the city’s water treatment plant during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. This timely pilot project is inspired by a recent student leadership initiative at nearby Hardin-Jefferson High School that sought to identify local water-quality issues and potential community actions that could address them.
ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 12000-2021 Now Available
ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 12000-2021, Professional Qualifications Standard for Water Management and Infection Control Risk Assessment for Building Systems, has been designated as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is now available.
IAPMO’s Uniform Evaluation Service Issues ER-595 to Fyfe Company, LLC
IAPMO’s Uniform Evaluation Service (UES) is pleased to announce that Fyfe Company, LLC, was granted UES Evaluation Report ER-595 to reference the International Building Code® (IBC), the International Residential Code® (IRC), the California Building Code (CBC), the California Residential Code (CRC), the Los Angeles Building Code (LABC) and the Los Angeles Residential Code (LARC). ER-595 states that the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems satisfies applicable code requirements. This allows for the specification of the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems by architects, contractors, specifiers and designers, and approval of installations by code officials. ER-595 also provides code officials with a concise summary of the products’ attributes and documentation of code compliance. 
2021 IAPMO Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal, Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Codes Now Available
IAPMO® has released hardcopy and digital versions of its 2021 editions of the Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code® (USHGC) and Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code® (USPSHTC). Both the hardcopy and eBook (viewable on computers, tablets and smart phones) versions can be purchased and downloaded via the IAPMO web store at the following URLs:

These codes will be available on the “IAPMO Codes” mobile app soon.
EPA to Request Additional Input on the Lead and Copper Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) so that the agency can seek further public input, particularly from communities that are most at-risk of exposure to lead in drinking water. EPA is committed to ensuring that the revised LCR protects families and communities—especially children—from lead, which can cause irreversible and life-long health effects, including decreasing IQ, focus, and academic achievement.

“The purpose of these two actions is to enable EPA to conduct a thorough review of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule and fully consult with stakeholders, including those that have been disproportionately impacted by lead in drinking water,” said EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “Exposure to lead in drinking water can be a very serious problem for children’s health. It is essential that EPA takes the time now to review this important rule to ensure that we are protecting current and future generations.”
Despite Hope for Strong Economic Recovery, February Sees Further Decline in National Construction Starts
Total construction starts fell 2% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $797.3 billion. Nonbuilding construction starts posted a solid gain after rebounding from a weak January, however, residential and nonresidential building starts declined, leading to a pullback in overall activity. The Dodge Index fell 2% in February, to 169 (2000=100) from January’s 171.

“With spring just around the corner, hope is building for a strong economic recovery fueled by the growing number of vaccinated Americans,” said Richard Branch, Chief Economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “But the construction sector will be hard-pressed to take advantage of this resurgence as rapidly escalating materials prices and a supply overhang across many building sectors weighs on starts through the first half of the year.”
Upcoming Events
2021 ASPE Tech Symposium
September 22-26, 2021
San Diego, CA
IAPMO 92nd Annual Education and Business Conference
September 26-30, 2021
San Antonio, TX
WaterSmart Innovations 2021
October 6-5, 2021
Las Vegas, NV
Upcoming Training | Earn your Continuing Education with IAPMO training.
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