IAPMO-Led Effort Convinces U.S. House Subcommittee to Reject Proposed Elimination of WaterSense

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2017) — At the urging of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), the High-Performance Buildings Coalition (HPBC), Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), and other industry partners, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has issued its Fiscal Year 2018 agency funding report rejecting the proposed elimination of the EPA’s WaterSenseprogram.

IAPMO applauds the subcommittee members, led by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), with whom IAPMO met on several occasions to promote the continued funding and operation of WaterSense, for taking this strong stance on behalf of the vastly successful and vital consumer product efficiency labeling program. In April, IAPMO, the HPBC, and 61 of the nation’s leading manufacturers, associations, and professional organizations in the building industry delivered a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt promoting the virtues of WaterSense and strongly recommending its continuation.

A true public-private partnership, WaterSense is a voluntary program that identifies efficient and highperforming water-consuming products. While EPA spends approximately $3 million a year to administer the program, it has saved consumers more than $33 billion in water and energy bills since the program’s inception in 2006. The program is widely supported across the building industry and has enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill throughout its existence. This support is not only due to the program’s successful outcomes, but also because of the quality and integrity of the products bearing the WaterSense label, as verified through third-party certification, subject to government oversight. This has allowed WaterSense to benefit consumers and industry alike.

“We are pleased with the efforts by the subcommittee and the leadership by Chairman Calvert in expressing, in no uncertain terms, that eliminating WaterSense is a bad idea,” said Dain Hansen, IAPMO Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Chairman of the HPBC. “The WaterSense program is vital to manufacturers, states, cities, and utilities, and having the subcommittee declare such sends a clear message to the administration that this program must remain.

“While this recommendation is certainly a step in the right direction, we must remain vigilant to see this across the finish line.”

Because of the value of WaterSense to their business, employees, communities, and customers, more than 1,700 manufacturers, water and energy utilities, distributors, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and retailers nationwide have partnered with the program.

For more information, contact Hansen at (202) 445-7514 or dain.hansen@iapmo.org.

 

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Sponsor of the Uniform Codes, IAPMO – The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials – works in concert with government and industry for safe, sanitary plumbing and mechanical systems. Learn more about IAPMO at www.iapmo.org.

New position!! “SKOKIE”

July 14th, 2017 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

 

PLUMBING SYSTEM INSPECTOR – VILLAGE OF SKOKIE

Inspects plumbing installations in residential, business and industrial buildings for conformance with safety and codes.  Reviews plans/construction documents for plumbing permits for compliance to codes.  Issues permits and citations.  Explains and interprets municipal code.  H.S. diploma or G.E.D., ICC residential, commercial and plan review certificates and valid driver’s license required. Vocational school or college-level coursework in Plumbing preferred. Must be a State of IL Licensed Plumbing Inspector and an EPA Cross-Connection Inspector. Must have working skill in reading & interpreting technical sketches and blueprints. Office-level computer literacy required. (Knowledge of BS&A program helpful)

Annual salary range: $64,194 – $81,957.  Interested candidates should submit a completed Village of Skokie Employment Application by August 4, 2017 to: Village of Skokie, Personnel Department, 5127 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077 or by email to human.resources@skokie.org. Applications are available on the Employment Opportunities page at www.skokie.org. Faxes are not accepted.  The Village of Skokie is an EOE.

www.icca-10.org/ILRulemakingProcess.pdf

Hello IPIA Members,
Please RSVP ASAP to ME victoria@jaysplumbing.net – if you will be attending the monthly IPIA Charter Chapter meeting:
Wednesday July 19th
 – NOON –
Medinah Shrine Center
550 Shriners Drive
Addison IL 60101
Come hear the General Manager of the Downers Grove Sanitary District – Nicholas J Menninga – discuss FOG  (fat, oil, & grease).
It will be a fun filled & informative afternoon!!
Victoria
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Illinois Plumbing Inspectors Association (IPIA)

Office: 630-434-9200 / Fax: 630-434-9202
1509 Ogden Ave Downers Grove IL 60515

National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin www.dhs.gov/advisories DATE AND TIME ISSUED: May 15, 2017 11:30 P.M. EDT TIME b DURATION This Bulletin will expire on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. Summary of Homegrown Terrorism Threat Since 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used this Bulletin to highlight the continuing threat from homegrown terrorists, many of whom are inspired online to violence by foreign terrorist organizations. The United States is engaged in a generational fight against terrorists, who seek to attack the American people, our country, and our way of life. An informed, vigilant, and engaged public remains one of our greatest assets to identify potential homegrown terrorists and prevent attacks. ADDITIONAL DETAILS  We face one of the most serious terror threat environments since the 9/11 attacks as foreign terrorist organizations continue to exploit the Internet to inspire, enable, or direct individuals already here in the homeland to commit terrorist acts.  Homegrown terror suspects are increasingly relying on technology, such as end-to-end encrypted social media applications, to avoid detection. Moreover, terrorist groups are urging recruits to adopt easy-to-use tools to target public places and events. Specific attack tactics have included the use of vehicle ramming, small arms, straight-edged blades or knives, and homemade explosives, as well as other acts such as taking hostages.  As the United States steps up efforts to disrupt and defeat terrorist groups overseas, we will continue to face a multi-faceted threat environment.  Specifically, continued successes aimed at disrupting and defeating terrorist groups overseas may encourage homegrown terrorists inside the United States to carry out acts of violence.  Additionally, foreign terrorist fighters, who have acquired training and battle-tested terrorism experience, are likely to flee from terrorist-controlled territories with a desire to conduct attacks elsewhere, including the United States. Some of these individuals may be U.S. citizens or citizens of other nations attempting to travel to the United States on visas, from visa-waiver countries, with the aim of attacking the homeland or inciting others within our borders to conduct attacks. TYPES OF ADVISORIES Bulletin Describes current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism. Elevated Alert Warns of a credible terrorism threat against the United States. Imminent Alert Warns of a credible, specific and impending terrorism threat against the United States. U.S. DOMESTIC COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS  DHS and the FBI continue to provide guidance to state, local, tribal and territorial partners related to the current threat environment. DHS also partners closely with the private sector to provide risk assessments and coordinate security measures with business owners and operators. The public may continue to observe law enforcement and security activity in and around public places and events.  DHS is taking steps to address the threat from foreign terrorist fighters who have traveled or attempt to travel to the United States, including working closely with the FBI and Intelligence partners to identify U.S. persons who left the country to join terrorist groups, as well as putting in place enhanced screening and vetting measures to detect travelers with potential terrorist connections.  More broadly, we remain committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, ethnicity, or identity, and we will seek justice against the perpetrators of such acts. HOW YOU CAN HELP  Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement who are best to offer specific details on terroristic indicators.  Suspicious activity or information about a threat may also be reported to Fusion Centers and the FBI’s Field Offices – part of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. DHS and FBI are especially interested in unusual foreign travel to known terrorist locations.  Learn how to recognize signs of preoperational planning associated with terrorism or other criminal activity. BE PREPARED  Be prepared for security and plan ahead. Anticipate delays and restrictions on items around populated places and at events.  Be responsible for your personal safety. Make a mental note of emergency exits and security personnel. Carry emergency contact and special needs info with you at all times.  Business owners are encouraged to Connect, Plan, Train, and Report to prepare businesses & employees. Security tools/resources can be accessed through the DHS’s Hometown Security Campaign.  For more visit Ready. If You See Something, Say SomethingTM. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911. The National Terrorism Advisory System provides information on homeland security issues and threats. It is distributed by the Department of Homeland Security. More information is available at: www.dhs.gov/advisories. To receive mobile updates: www.twitter.com/dhsgov If You See Something, Say Something™ used with permission of the NY Metrop

B&F Construction Code Services – open position

June 23rd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on B&F Construction Code Services – open position)

B&F Construction Code Services, Inc. has an open position as a Plumbing Inspector/Plan Reviewer.
The position is full time and would work out of the Elgin office.
The position requires the person to have a State of Illinois Plumbing License and have or have the ability
to pass the State of Illinois Certified Plumbing inspector’s test. A current driver’s license and the ability
to pass a background check is required.
If interested, send a complete resume to rpiccolo@bfccs.org or call 847-428-7010 to have an
application sent to you.

Best Regards,

Mary Lewandowski
Executive Assistant
Building & Fire Code Academy, Inc.
B & F Construction Code Services, Inc.
2420 Vantage Drive
Elgin, IL  60124
847-428-7010 Main
847-428-3151 FAX
e-mail: mlewandowski@bfccs.org