Q2 2022
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Water Crisis Costs Costs U.S. Economy $8.5 Billion Per Year
More than 1.57 million Americans live without a toilet or tap at home, costing the U.S. economy $8.58 billion every year, according to a report produced by DigDeep with contributions from partners including the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®).

Titled “Draining: The Economic Impact of America’s Hidden Water Crisis,” the report provides an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of extending water and sanitation access to every home in the United States. The $8.58 billion annual figure averages out to $15,800 per household in health care, time spent collecting and paying for bottled water, loss of time at work and school, and premature death. The full report is available online at digdeep.org/draining.
IAPMO Publishes Water Demand CalculatorTM as Standalone Document 
IAPMO has published IAPMO/UPC/Appendix M-2021, Peak Water Demand Calculator, as a standalone document. This document is a direct extract from Appendix M of the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®), which was developed via an ANSI-accredited development process. All references to other sections of the UPC have also been extracted to avoid dependence of additional documents. The IAPMO/UPC/Appendix M-2021 is a document that can be readily utilized and adopted by any jurisdiction for water and energy conservation, to improve housing affordability, and to improve water quality.

A copy of IAPMO/UPC/Appendix M-2021 can be purchased HERE.
IAPMO R&T Registration Services Rebrands as SCB (Systems Certification Body)
IAPMO R&T Registration Services, the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)-accredited organization focused on management system certifications and part of The IAPMO Group, has changed its name to SCB (Systems Certification Body).

“This transition to SCB represents a turning point for our organization,” SCB Senior Vice President Shirley Dewi said. “We will never lose our proud legacy of IAPMO and the nearly 100 years of business excellence. Strategically, this change allows us to better service our customers as we move into new and emerging markets.”
IAPMO Supports White House Initiatives to Improve Global Water Security, Modernize Building Codes
IAPMO strongly supports the White House initiatives announced Wednesday to address global water security and advance building codes and standards. These new action plans will assist communities in becoming more resilient to extreme weather events, such as drought, and have broader access to affordable water and sanitation services.

In a related development, IAPMO also applauds the release of a report by the administration’s Drought Resilience Interagency Working Group. The report outlines the actions the Biden-Harris administration has taken across the federal government to date to improve drought-stricken communities’ longer-term resilience to drought through financial and technical assistance.
IAPMO Advances Development of 2024 uniform Codes During Technical Committee Meetings
IAPMO recently completed Technical Committee Meetings toward the proposed 2024 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®), in-development American National Standards governing the installation and maintenance of plumbing and mechanical systems nationwide.

During the May 2-5 meetings at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, the two committees acted on a total of 358 comments on previously submitted proposals to amend the 2021 editions of the Uniform Codes.

The UPC Technical Committee acted on 155 public comments. Topics generating the most debate included rehabilitation of existing building sewers, common-use facilities, and Legionella risks. Other topics discussed included building service and supply piping, pitless well systems, two-way cleanouts, freeze protection, tankless water heater connections, waste piping, greywater systems, indoor horticultural facilities, and professional qualifications.
PILC Meeting Discusses Industry Advocacy 
The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition (PILC) met last month for its annual meeting to listen, learn and share in regard to defining the role of the plumbing industry, reports contractormag.com. Government relations was a big part of the discussion, including the recent Infrastructure Package and the intricacies that are attached to it.
IAPMO’s 93rd Annual Education and Business Conference Is Back In Person
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