NSF International and American Society of Plumbing Engineers have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to advance and promote public health and sustainability initiatives for the plumbing industry. This agreement is said to focus on sound plumbing and engineering practices and will utilize the expertise of both organizations to strengthen current and future projects.

Under the MOU, NSF International and ASPE will work cooperatively to leverage their resources to support the plumbing industry and regulators by jointly promoting education programs, conferences, publications, standards, and new products and services. The agreement will continue the advancement of safe drinking water through research and development and, as opportunities arise, the introduction of new standards and codes.

“NSF International is committed to continued advancement in the science and technology of safe drinking water through code and standard research and development as well as sound plumbing practices,” said Dave Purkiss, general manager of NSF International’s Plumbing Division. “With the expertise and knowledge of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and NSF International, we will continue to advance education, sustainability initiatives and technology within the plumbing industry.”

In 2013, NSF International co-sponsored the first American National Standard for the design of rainwater harvesting systems, ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems, which ASPE developed with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.

NSF International led the development of the American National Standards for all chemicals used to treat drinking water and materials/products coming into contact with drinking water. Certification to these standards ensure products do not leach harmful levels of contaminants into water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, most plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings.

The plumbing industry is familiar with NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components as the nationally-recognized health effects standard for all devices, components and materials that come in contact with drinking water. Recognized by regulatory agencies at the local, state, federal and international level, the NSF certification mark means that the product complies with all standard requirements.

“At the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, we are committed to serving our membership and industry in continuing to build quality relationships with our industry partners,” said William “Billy” Smith, FASPE, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers’ executive director and CEO. “This agreement with NSF International represents our dedication to promoting education that imparts the importance of innovation and sustainability. Through our respective expertise, APSE and NSF International will be able to expand additional opportunities to advance our mutual goals relative to water conservation and the delivery of safe drinking water internationally.”