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Continuing its stalwart advocacy on Capitol Hill on behalf of workers and businesses in the water/wastewater/plumbing industry and the health and safety of the millions of Americans they protect, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has again written to leaders in both houses of Congress with a list of recommendations a future stimulus bill should include.
The letter from IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney details specific measures that would enable the relief bill to ensure vulnerable populations have access to life-saving water and sanitation services, including providing assistance to associations and professional trade organizations that play an important role in determining how the nation's infrastructure comes together. A copy of the letter may be read on the IAPMO website.
"Together, these imperative policy solutions will provide critical assistance to families and communities in addressing the drinking water challenges they face," Chaney wrote. "They will also benefit those in the plumbing industry who are on the front line in making sure these essential services stay operational."
The following are among the measures Chaney recommends:
Should Congress include infrastructure issues in future stimulus legislation, Chaney recommends the following additional measures:
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security have identified certain plumbing and mechanical industry professionals as indispensable in their Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. IAPMO believes the associations and organizations that support these professionals are equally essential.