IAPMO Praises Texas Legislature for Reauthorizing Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) applauds the Texas Legislature for reauthorizing the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE), a move that ensures plumbers will continue to have a key role in the decision-making process for plumbing-related issues in the nation’s second most-populous state.
The TSBPE oversees the licensing of plumbers in the state of Texas, ensuring the public is aware of the crucial role plumbing plays in protecting the public’s health and safety through community outreach and education, and investigating consumer complaints and taking enforcement and disciplinary action against persons who have violated the Plumbing License Law.
In 2019, the state’s Sunset Advisory Commission recommended the TSBPE’s duties and tasks be transferred to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, but the Texas House of Representatives voted against legislation abolishing the agency. Instead, Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order extending the TSBPE until the end of the 2021 legislative session to give the Legislature, which only meets in odd-numbered years, the opportunity to reauthorize the agency by statute.
HB 636, sponsored by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) in the House and Sen. John Whitmire in the Senate, authorizes the continuation of the TSBPE until 2027. The legislation received strong bipartisan support, with Reps. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), Stan Lambert (R-Abilene), Ana Hernandez (D-Jacinto City) and Charlie Geren (R-Lake Worth) joining as authors, in addition to having more than 40 co-sponsors. HB 636 overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives by a 143-4 vote April 14 and the Senate, 28-2, on May 13. Abbott signed HB 636 into law on May 26.
“IAPMO is proud to have been a strong supporter of this bill and a partner with the plumbing industry in Texas to promote the industry and the people who serve it,” IAPMO CEO Dave Viola said. “It is vital, especially in light of the recent winter storms that left so many in Texas without access to safe water and reliable sanitation, that qualified plumbers oversee the process of issuing licenses to the state’s plumbers. Thanks to Rep. Thompson and Sen. Whitmire for their leadership in the Texas Legislature.”
IAPMO Advances Development of 2024 Uniform Codes During Technical Committee Meetings
IAPMO last week completed Technical Committee Meetings toward the development of the 2024 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®), which will update the 2021 UPC and UMC, American National Standards governing the installation and maintenance of plumbing and mechanical systems nationwide. During the virtual May 3-7 and May 17-21 meetings, the committees acted on 699 proposed amendments to the 2024 editions of the Uniform Codes. Click here for details.
Canadian Input Sought on Development of IAPMO Z1001 as Canadian National Standard
IAPMO is seeking Canadian input in the development of IAPMO Z1001, Prefabricated Gravity Grease Interceptors, as a National Standard of Canada. Canadian regulators, consumers, and other professionals with technical background in plumbing and mechanical systems (such as jurisdictional authorities, laboratory and educational facility representatives) are requested to provide comments by no later than July 26. This standard covers prefabricated gravity grease interceptors made of concrete, fiber‐reinforced polyester (FRP), thermoplastic, or steel, and specifies requirements for design, materials, performance, testing and markings. Read the full story here.
IAPMO R&T Lab, IAPMO Institute of Building Technology and Standards Institute of Israel Sign Mutual Recognition Agreement
IAPMO R&T Lab and the IAPMO Institute of Building Technology (IBT), long-trusted names in independent testing, research and technical services for the plumbing, mechanical, electro-plumbing and construction products industries, have signed a mutual recognition agreement with the Standards Institute of Israel, the state-owned corporation responsible for setting standards for products and services provided in Israel. Click here to read the full release.
Nationwide ‘Wash Station Challenge’ to Provide New Hand-Washing Facilities to Navajo Nation Communities
The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) is excited to launch the Wash Station Challenge 2021, a new collaboration with the DigDeep Navajo Water Project, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting and Sprinkler Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), and Ferguson.
The Wash Station Challenge will be launched online Tuesday, June 1, and will run through the remainder of the month. Assembly projects will be hosted at 10 participating UA locals nationwide, where a series of mobile wash station facilities will be built that have been designed to provide a month’s worth of non-potable water for daily hand-washing and general hygiene for a family of six.
Once completed, the wash stations will be shipped to designated DigDeep staging points on the Navajo Nation. DigDeep teams will then deliver, install and maintain the wash stations at sites that will initially include community health service facilities, chapter houses and farms. Click here to read the full story.