Four plumbing trade groups agreed recently to work together to coordinate research on water-efficient plumbing products, systems and practices.
The four groups joining the Water Efficiency Research Coalition are the following:
* The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association
* The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute
* The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
* The International Code Council
“The plumbers are on the firing line when new technologies come to market,” said PHCC’s Green Construction and Water Conservation Task Force Chairman Kevin Tindall at the signing ceremony in the Washington, D.C., offices of EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. “It is in our best interest to make sure they are truly effective, because if they aren’t we will be the ones the customer calls. We are proud to support this important effort to conserve water and energy in our communities.”
The coalition’s work will be managed by the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to water-efficient products and products throughout North America.
“Water efficiency forms the first tenet of the PMI mission statement,” said Barbara Higgens, executive director of PMI. “Together we will work to encourage the wise use of this precious element.”
The coalition will support research projects that will aid or assist in the development of more water-efficient and sustainable plumbing products, systems and practices. Funds for worthy projects will be sought from government agencies, foundations, and other interested parties. Sample potential research topics include the following:
* Drainline Carry Research on High-Efficiency Toilets
* Water Reuse Systems and Safe Applications for Reuse Water
* Waterless Urinals
* Sizing of Water-Efficient Plumbing Systems