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State plumbing regulations in Texas are at risk after the recent defeat of some legislation that could mean the elimination of the state’s plumbing code and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.
Texas’ state plumbing code is currently on track to cease to exist on Sept. 1, while the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners will have a “wind down” period that has it wrapping up operations by September 2020.
Thousands of licensed plumbers are expected to attend a rally at the state capitol in Austin on July 14 to call on the governor to hold a special session to implement state plumbing regulations before the board is abolished. The rally was organized by a group of concerned plumbers called “United To Save the Texas Plumbing License.”
The organizers include Robert Renfro (founder); William Heuberger (founder); Mary Prime Conger (founder); Jeremy Allen Page; Steve Harmon; Asa Womack; Adam Smith; Dustin Deweese; and Bobby Doran, with administrative work done by Emily Conger and Frances Lange.
“We felt the need to put our names here for the public so that others joining us know who we are and can see that we are just local plumbers and not an entity with any other motivation or hidden agenda,” states the website. “SO MANY of you have been also helping a great deal behind the scenes and we are VERY grateful for your support in helping all of us stand for what we believe is necessary!”
The group also includes Roger Wakefield, a master plumber and owner of Texas Green Plumbing with almost 40 years of experience. Wakefield, who was named American Standard’s Plumbing Expert last year, has been the de facto spokesmen on the issue.
Wakefield, however, has been a YouTube powerhouse since starting his channel, The Expert Plumber, in 2014. His site currently has 3,600 subscribers with his many videos earning more than 174,000 views.
He just posted his latest video, “Why You NEED to Go to The Plumber’s Rally,” along with a helpful “Texas Plumbers Under Attack Playlist,” a group of 14 videos that highlights the regulatory snafu since the issue began making the news last year.