Deadline to Submit Proposed Changes to 2024 NSPC is March 1
In order to facilitate the development of an updated National Standard Plumbing Code — Illustrated (NSPC), the IAPMO NSPC Committee requests proposed changes to the 2021 NSPC. All proposals are due by March 1. Proposals accepted by the technical committee will appear in the 2024 NSPC.
The NSPC uses an annual review process and publishes the complete code every three years. For a copy of the code change form with instructions or more information on the NSPC, please visit www.iapmo.org/nspc. All proposed changes must be submitted in electronic form to email@example.com. If a standard is referenced, a copy of that standard must accompany the proposed code change that is submitted to the committee. No proposals will be accepted after the 5 p.m. EST deadline on March 1.
IAPMO urges its members and other interested parties to get involved in the code development process. Designed to ensure the proper installation of plumbing systems, the NSPC provides local and state governments, code administrative bodies and the industry with a modern code to protect public health, safety and welfare. “The NSPC is developed by all segments involved in the p-h-c industry: contractors, inspectors, manufacturers, engineers and labor,” said NSPC Chairman Frank Maddalon. “The NSPC has played a vital role as the state code for New Jersey and the testing code authority for master plumbers and inspectors since 1977.” For more information, please contact the IAPMO NSPC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IWSH Supports Access to Revolutionary Mobile App to Increase Women’s Access to Public Toilets in India
The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) is pleased to announce its support for a cause led by Woloo, an Indian startup company whose app aims to ensure women access to clean, safe and hygienic toilets in public places. The app, which is available on Android devices and is coming soon to IOS, helps women locate the nearest washroom when they are away from their home or office.
Even though women comprise more than 48 percent of the Indian population, lack of access to such facilities remains a problem. Finding a usable toilet in public spaces can be a challenge for women of all socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly those who regularly venture outside of the home. Many of the public toilets that are available were built with limited budgets and are poorly designed and maintained. While approximately 13 percent of the world’s female population lacks access to toilets, studies have put that number closer to 50 percent in India.
Each Woloo-enabled washroom follows a standard protocol to ensure safety, cleanliness and hygiene, which is based on a guideline developed by the Toilet Board Coalition (a global nonprofit enterprise) and the Woloo Assurance of Hygiene (WAH) based on safety, hygiene and accessibility parameters. Woloo maintains more than 1,500 washrooms across Mumbai, with plans to expand to Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bangalore.
“Woloo’s mission is to provide hygiene dignity to a diverse group of women of all ages in India,” said Woloo founder/CEO Manish Kelshikar. “Our partnership with IWSH and IAPMO will certainly help in raising the standards of shared sanitation in India to world-class benchmarks. IWSH, IAPMO and its partners, and Woloo will work together and build trust in shared and public sanitation.”
IWSH has donated funding for 1,000 annual subscriptions, which will go to women of Mumbai’s Railway police force, and is contributing toward a public relations campaign promoting a new facility in the Ghatkopar Metro station in Mumbai. Ashirvad Pipes, Cera India and A.O. Smith India have generously donated IAPMO-certified products for the project.
The 1,000-square-foot Woloo-PowderRoom Lounge will include eight smart toilets, a 14-seat café and a 600-square-foot retail area catering to women’s hygiene, personal care, intimate utility and beauty products. An exclusive preview will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Indian Standard Time Sunday, January 30. The mission of Woloo, which opened its first facility November 19, 2019 (World Toilet Day) is to provide world-class access to hygiene facilities for women of all ages and diversities across India.
“Lack of access to improved sanitation, especially out of the home, for women has remained a difficult problem to solve, leading to immense anxiety on one hand and continuing a high burden of disease on the other,” said Dr. Nimish Shah, managing director of IAPMO India Pvt. Ltd. “There are very few sustainable models that have successfully solved this problem. Woloo is a promising women’s hygiene and sanitation access platform that is taking this challenge head on. IWSH and IAPMO are proud to partner with Woloo in its mission to provide safe, clean and hygienic sanitation access for women. We believe that quality, certified hardware underpins the durability of improved sanitation, and Woloo powder rooms are perfect venues to demonstrate well-designed, hygienic public toilets.”