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State of Illinois Notice of Public Meeting Plumbing Code Advisory Council June 27, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Meeting location: Illinois Department of Natural Resources IDPH Training Room (Lower Level) Illinois State Fairgrounds, Gate 7 One Natural Resources Way Springfield, IL 62702

Interested persons should contact Plumbing Consultant Frank Shimkus at 217-524-0791.


Welcome and Role Call
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Meeting Minutes
Public Comment

Discussion Items
• Updates on amendment comments and rules progress
• New code updates
• Product Review
• Legionella Updates
• Lead Updates

Action Items
• Product Approvals
• Code Revision Approvals



From Contractors Magazine

Improper slope

Drain pipes need gravity to properly empty of water towards the sewer. Standard practice calls for drain pipes to have 1/8″ per foot pitch for 3″  or larger diameter pipe, although plumbing inspectors will in certain cases allow for some variance. Improper pitch can allow for leaks and/or a slow draining of a sink or bathtub.

Not enough clean-outs

The cleanout is the maintenance access port for a plumbing system. The number of cleanouts depends on the size of the system. According to the IPC, building sewers shall be provided with cleanouts located not more than 100′ (30 480 mm) apart, measured from the upstream entrance of the cleanout. Cleanouts also need to be installed at each change of direction greater than 45 degrees (0.79 rad) in the building sewer, building drain and horizontal waste or soil lines.

Improperly placed clean-outs

Cleanouts should be placed in such a way that they won’t be covered by casements, cabinets or machinery. Cleanouts should also be placed to avoid proximity to food preparation areas, hospital operating rooms, computer rooms or other critical areas. Like, say, an electrical junction box…

Not installing the proper fittings for changes of direction

Changes of direction in pipes must be done with fittings that will not cause an obstruction in flow.

Not enough space around toilet

The minimum distance between the toilet and a finished wall on either side is 15″. This is measured from the toilet’s centerline, not from the outside edge. The plumber determines the actual distance when he sets the toilet flange in the floor. In new construction, the plumber sets the flange after the wall framing is complete but before the builder hangs drywall. Standard drywall is 1/2″ thick, so the plumber should set the toilet flange at least 15-1/2″ from the center of the flange to the wall framing.

 Sometimes doing your best is not good enough.
Sometimes you must do what is required.

― Winston Churchill

Great article!  Thank you Gary Howard for this link.

Fundamental Fluid Mechanics – Pressure – Plumbing Connection


Global Water Partnership has learned from its worldwide Network of Partnerships that increasing water security requires sound policies, knowledge, and action. This is a major challenge and one that we aim to tackle through the Strategy ‘Towards 2020’. It offers hope and generates new enthusiasm to support countries and regions to better plan and manage their water resources at all levels for sustainable and inclusive growth.

We live in a world of growing interdependence. The impact of economic, financial, and natural crises spreads faster than ever before, and affects more people. When one part of an economy collapses, it can trigger a chain reaction across the globe. The climate crisis has shown that our planet is an indivisible whole; and the food crisis has demonstrated that nations depend on one another’s ability to produce food, and on the policies that support production.

Water security is influenced by all of these global challenges. The financial crisis has constrained capital investment in increasing water security in many countries. Recurrent spikes in food prices have exposed the vulnerability of national food security. Changing weather patterns have caused catastrophic floods and droughts. The lives lost, damage done to homes and businesses, and direct economic losses from these water-related disasters have a negative impact on employment, social services, and infrastructure.

Water Security Challenge is Real

An urgent message is emerging from international debates about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be set in 2015: the world must act to prevent water crises. The scale of today’s water security challenge should not be underestimated. The social, economic, environmental, and political consequences of water shortages are as real as disastrous floods and droughts.Threats to water security come from many quarters: rapidly growing and urbanising populations with changing lifestyles and consumption patterns;competing demands from agriculture, industry,and energy; unpredictable risks caused by climate change and environmental degradation; and growing tension over scarce water resources that flow across administrative boundaries.

Water is a central theme of the UN Rio+20 Declaration.The Declaration emphasizes the need to establish a green economy as the means to achieving sustainable development while protecting and restoring the world’s natural resources. Water is key to all aspects of development: food security, health, and poverty reduction, as well as sustaining economic growth in agriculture, industry, and energy generation.

Too many people still lack access to water, sanitation, food, and energy. The burden on women and girls is disproportionately large, as they often do not benefit directly from clean water supplies. This is totally unacceptable. We must take a human rights-based approach to remove these inequalities and achieve equitable and sustainable development.

Solutions Within Reach

The scale and complexity of these challenges is daunting, but solutions are within reach. The goal is to increase water security at all levels, by balancing the needs of society with available water resources. But there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy.

Each country has its own unique set of physical, social, economic, political, and environmental circumstances that will determine its pathway towards water security. Governments will need to engage with private and civil society partners to address water use and waste treatment, retention, and pollution. Together they
must find ways of balancing today’s needs with those of future generations in a socially just and gender equitable way.

Water connects us all. Understanding the connections will help us to find equitable ways of sharing limited water resources among many competing demands. Political will and skill, combined with strong, visionary leadership, can help bring together opposing interests, integrate scientific understanding into policy-making, and negotiate socially acceptable trade-offs. Partnerships for sustainable development, such as GWP, can help countries to design and implement effective policy and build consensus to reach positive outcomes. Increasing water security is crucial to achieving new and sustainable development pathways.