Make this part of your service!

January 18th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
CHICAGO (WLS) —

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Monday requiring Illinois schools and daycares to test drinking water sources for lead.

The law requires school buildings built before Jan. 1, 1987 to complete water testing before the end of 2017 and schools built between Jan. 2, 1987 and Jan. 1, 2000 must complete testing be the end of 2018.

Daycares built on or before Jan. 1, 2000 and serve children under the age of 6 will also be required to conduct lead testing.

Parents and guardians of students must be notified of any elevated lead results.

“Today is about our future, about making sure our students are not exposed to lead poisoning,” said Governor Rauner. “This shows what is possible when we work together. It is a step in protecting our children from the devastating effects of lead exposure.”

When Rauner addressed the hundreds attending the Martin Luther King Breakfast Monday morning, he reminded the crowd that we are not born Republicans or Democrats.

The law was passed with bipartisan support and Rauner said it proves we have common interests.

Testing and remediation are not cheap and school districts are already cash-strapped, but Rauner said the cost of implementing these measures will be covered.

“There are funds, funds available, with cash in them that’s not being utilized, in our life safety funds and in our tort funds in the school system. Prior to this bill, it would have not been allowed, it would have been illegal to use those funds for this issue, but we changed that and this makes these funds available,” Rauner said.

Illinois children are at higher risk than most for exposure to lead. A quarter of the lead pipes in the country are located in Illinois.

The law goes into effect immediately.

Amends the Environmental Barriers Act. Changes references from “accessibility standards” to “the Illinois Accessibility Code”, and makes related changes.

Public Act 099-0582

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0582

Effective January 1, 2017

Changes to the Illinois Plumbing License Law

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/99/HB/09900HB5913.htm

 

Newly Introduced Legislation Promotes Plumbing Research. Last Friday, Rep. Matt
Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) Plumbing Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 6424), legislation that would invest in
research to bring the data for U.S. plumbing standards into the 21st century, making
our plumbing systems safer, more reliable, and more water-efficient. The bill
directs NIST to conduct research on plumbing systems. The research addressed through
this effort includes updating an outdated algorithm for estimating water demand
leads builders to use unnecessarily large pipes, supplying more water than needed to
buildings. This wastes water that is critical to the wellbeing of our communities
and our environment. Other areas include research on how to improve water efficiency
without sacrificing performance and better strategies to prevent the spread of
pathogens, including Legionella. IAPMO has championed this effort and plans to work
with the new Congress to see this bill passed.
Agency Update.
EPA Expected to Conclude That Fracking Doesn’t Affect Drinking Water. In the coming
days, the EPA is expected to finalize a 2015 report that found no link between
fracking and “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.” The 2015 EPA analysis
was an extensive, five-year compilation of nearly 1,000 different data
sources—including science and engineering journals, government studies and
peer-reviewed EPA reports. Thomas A. Burke, an EPA science adviser, was quoted as
calling it the “most complete compilation of scientific data to date.” The report
acknowledges the potential for isolated instances of water contamination, generally
resulting from human error and tangential to the fracking process.  The EPA study
cites as an example, “a truck carrying wastewater could spill ….”  But the agency
concludes, “the number of identified cases, however, was small compared to the
number of hydraulically fractured wells.” Fracking critics have convinced two
states, New York and Vermont, to ban fracking, and Maryland has imposed.
EPA Prepares To Launch WIFIA Program To Finance Water Infrastructure Projects. This
week, Administrator McCarthy signed two rules to establish the administrative
structure necessary to offer credit assistance under the Water Infrastructure
Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The interim final WIFIA Implementation
Rule outlines the WIFIA program’s administrative framework, including the
eligibility requirements, application process, project priorities and federal
requirements for borrowers. It also explains the criteria EPA will use to select
among project applicants, as well as EPA’s key priorities in this program, including
adaptation to extreme weather and climate change, enhanced energy efficiency, green
infrastructure, and repair rehabilitation, and replacement of aging infrastructure
and conveyance systems. In the proposed Fee Rule, EPA proposes fees to reimburse the
agency for the cost of retaining the expert firms, including financial, engineering,
and legal advisory services, needed to administer the program effectively. The EPA’s
progress on these rules has largely been applauded by the water industry as WIFIA
stands to become an important financing option.
EPA Releases Notice of Intent for Bath and Shower Diverters to Meet WaterSense
Criteria. This week, the EPA released a Notice of Intent that describes the
efficiency and performance criteria needed for bath and shower diverters to earn the
WaterSense label, as well as the technical issues that need to be better defined and
resolved before a draft specification is developed.   Bath and shower diverters are
used to divert the flow of water either toward the bathtub spout or toward the
showerhead. However, some diverters do not successfully stop all of the water
flowing from the tub spout. Bath and shower diverters can also develop leaks over
time that waste significant amounts of water and energy with.  Leaky diverters can
waste an average of 1,500 gallons and as much as 4,200 gallons of water per year. On
February 8, 2017, the EPA will host a teleconference and webinar with stakeholders
to discuss the NOI. Stakeholders can register for the meeting here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6975014073382787331
Transition Update.
Pruitt to Lead EPA. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald
Trump’s pick to lead EPA — an agency he has sued more than once during his time as
AG. Pruitt has been an ardent opponent of the Obama EPA’s efforts to curb greenhouse
gas emissions. In a May column in the National Review co-written with Alabama
Attorney General Luther Strange (R), he said that climate change science “is far
from settled.” Pruitt has been active in arguing that many EPA
regulations—particularly the Clean Power Plan—overstep the agency’s authority,
interloping on powers reserved to states. His nomination could tilt the balance of
power on environmental regulation back to the states. His nomination has been met
with mixed results—Republicans praise the pick, while the Democrats call him an
egregious choice.

ICCA Agenda January-12-2017

MAKE, CLEANING THE SHOWER HEAD PART OF YOUR PLUMBING SERVICE
 
After a sweat session at the gym or a messy day of gardening, nothing sounds better
than jumping in the shower to rinse away the grime. But…
After a sweat session at the gym or a messy day of gardening, nothing sounds better than
jumping in the shower to rinse away the grime. But what if we told you that you’re also getting
drenched with bacteria in the process? Doesn’t sound so relaxing now, does it?
If the thought of bacteria hiding in an appliance that’s supposed to clean you doesn’t add up,
answer this: How many times do you clean the inside of your showerhead? Exactly. Open it
up, and you’ll likely see a thick layer of gunk hiding inside. Noah Fierer, PhD, associate
professor in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at University of Colorado at
Boulder, is leading the Showerhead Microbiome Project to study the slime that makes most
people cringe. ‘Most showerheads, if you unscrew the face of the showerhead where the
water comes out, you’ll find slime in there,’ he says. ‘We call it biofilm, but slime is just as
accurate.’ (Here’s how you can clean mineral deposits from your showerhead overnight.)
Showerheads don’t seem like the ideal place for bacteria to grow. After all, the only food there
for microbes comes from tiny amounts of organic matter in the water. Plus, bacteria have to
put up with major heat while you’re enjoying a steamy shower. ‘They need to stick on the side
there and hold on; they need to tolerate high temperatures; if there’s chlorine in the water, they
need to survive that, too’ says Dr. Fierer. ‘Despite all that, microbes are tough.’
So what happens to all those microbes? Well, when you turn on the shower, the bacteria living
in your showerhead escape into the air. That means—sorry to break this to you—you’re actually
breathing in all that bacteria, or at least the microbes that end up in the steam, explains Dr. Fierer.
The question is whether the bacteria you’re inhaling could cause disease.
Nontuberculosis mycobacteria infection is a rare respiratory disease that’s becoming more
common, and Dr. Fierer’s team thinks showerheads could be the source. ‘It’s an opportunistic
infection, meaning it’s acquired from the environment—or showerheads, in this case’ says Dr.
Fierer. His lab is now collecting samples of showerhead slime and the water that comes out to
find out where the bacteria live and who’s most likely to get sick from them.
But don’t go running to your bathroom with rubber gloves and disinfectant just yet. Despite the
usual buzz around disease-causing germs, some bacteria aren’t harmful at all—in fact, some
are even healthy. Certain bacteria can boost your immune system and guard against allergies
and asthma. So scrubbing them away might do more harm than good, says Dr. Fierer. ‘There
may be benefits to bathing in bacteria every time you shower,’ he says. ‘It could be like taking a
probiotic rinse.’