The organization is seeking volunteers with technical background in plumbing and mechanical systems and specific knowledge of plumbing pipe lining and rehabilitation systems — such as jurisdictional authorities, testing lab and educational facility representatives, as well as manufacturing experts.
The unprecedented $2 trillion economic relief package negotiated by the White House and Congress addresses many of the concerns of plumbing industry professionals expressed in a letter sent to elected officials by IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney earlier in March.
The 11th annual competition will award monetary scholarships to three students and/or trade apprentices with an interest in how the plumbing and mechanical industry can create and promote positive change both here and abroad.
IAPMO published the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the 2021 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) in March. The codes were improved with safety provisions for the protection from legionellosis, safe installation of alkaline water treatment devices, and protecting homes with the inclusion of requirements for leak detection, just to list a few.
The list identifies those professions deemed essential to continued critical infrastructure viability and advises such workers to continue normal operations, appropriately modified to account for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) workforce and customer protection guidance.
It is likely that the COVID-19 coronavirus can be spread through building sanitary drainage systems; as long as the pandemic is still active, it should be assumed by anyone working on a sanitary drainage system that the virus is present.