In light of the global COVID-19 coronavirus health crisis, IWSH Foundation announces the postponement of the upcoming Community Plumbing Challenge Indonesia Construction Week project. Originally slated for May/June 2020, this event intended to assemble an international team of volunteer tradespeople to build a new public toilet and wash facility in Untia village, Makassar, South Sulawesi, realizing a design proposal that was developed and approved in successful collaboration with local residents during Design Week November 2019.
The decision to postpone the upcoming Construction Week project is made with respect to current concerns around international travel, virus containment, and with the health and safety of all participating volunteers, host community members and local partners in mind. IWSH will announce new arrangements for the Construction Week project in due course, in response to further developments impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) started monitoring the outbreak of a new coronavirus which ultimately was named COVID-19. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China. This paper is intended to provide practical guidance for plumbing professionals who work on sanitary waste and sewer systems on how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their coworkers during the current pandemic. Read the full release here.
Tech Committee Volunteers Needed
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is seeking volunteers to participate on the Technical Correlating Committee (TCC) to work toward the correlation of the 2024 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®). The deadline to submit an application is May 4. Click here for full details.
World Plumbing Day
IAPMO, DigDeep, the US Water Alliance and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) marked the 11th annual World Plumbing Day by co-hosting a congressional briefing on the recently released report, Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan. DigDeep and the US Water Alliance (with assistance from IAPMO) produced the report, which found more than two million Americans live without running water, indoor plumbing or sanitation service. TV and print outlets throughout the United States have highlighted the report and its findings since its November release. Read the full release here.
ASSE Performance Standards Published
ASSE 1014-2020, Performance Requirements for Backflow Prevention Devices for Hand-held Showers , ASSE 1020-2020, Performance Requirements for Pressure Vacuum Breaker Assemblies and ASSE 1069-2020, Performance Requirements for Automatic Temperature Control Mixing Valves have been designated as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and are now available for purchase. Click here for details.