IPIA 20th Annual Continuing Education Program – REGISTER TODAY!

March 25th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on IPIA 20th Annual Continuing Education Program – REGISTER TODAY!)

Illinois Plumbing Inspectors Association
Annual Continuing Education Program

Friday, May 12th 2017

Registration 7:00am, Class from 8:00am – 4:30pm
(Continental breakfast and lunch included!)
Medinah Shrine Center, 550 Shriners Drive Addison IL
Over 20 Vendors! Raffles! Door Prizes! – And 6 Hours State Credit!
Application and $125 (payable to IPIA) must be made by APRIL 15, 2017
CLICK HERE FOR SIGNUP FORM: IPIA Annual Class Registration Form
For more information contact:
Jay DeFrates
(630) 973-0271
* Large & small code books will be available for purchase*

Industry Update

April 4th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Getting the Lead Out—Cities Looking At All Of Their Options.
Cities across the Midwest are pushing to increase protections for their drinking water from lead contamination as federal and state regulators work on new rules to strengthen standards. Midwestern cities, especially those with aging water infrastructure, are wrestling with how to pay for drinking water improvements in light of EPA plans to update its lead and copper rule by the end of 2017. Passing on the cost of improvements to ratepayers is one option. Raising taxes, selling municipal bonds, and obtaining state or federal low-interest loans or outright grants and other awards are other tools cities have at their disposal. Lead contamination typically doesn’t occur in water treatment plants or even in the main lines distributing water to the neighborhoods. It happens mostly in the lead service lines that carry water from distribution mains in the street to individual houses and buildings. It also can leach into drinking water from lead soldering and plumbing fixtures inside a building. Cities such as Chicago continued to install lead services lines until the Safe Drinking Water Act prohibited their use after June 1986. One industry report estimates that between 15 and 22 million people drink water that is provided through lead pipes. The EPA then published its Lead and Copper Rule in 1991 requiring communities to take action if more than 10 percent of the tested water taps in a community had lead levels of more than 15 parts per billion. The new EPA rule coming out later this year is expected to tighten that standard.

Increasing Thirst for Groundwater Seen Threatening Agriculture.
The increasing thirst of farms for groundwater is depleting resources the size of Lake Erie each year, threatening to collapse agriculture and trade when the supplies run dry, researchers from the U.S. and Japan concluded. Droughts in recent years have have prompted farmers to tap aquifers to water their fields at a quicker pace in the past decade, depleting 68 cubic miles in 2010, the latest year data was available, according to the research published this week in Nature. Underground aquifers that take thousands of years to accumulate their water supplies have allowed countries to ride out dry weather conditions and maintain food production. Now, farmers from California to China and Saudi Arabia are bumping into the limits of their reserves. The countries exporting the most crops produced with nonrenewable groundwater are Pakistan, India and the U.S., according to the study, which found that rice, wheat, cotton, corn and soybeans are the commodities most likely to benefit from unsustainable irrigation.

Three Times More Cell Phones Than Toilets In Africa.
Though key to good health and economic well-being, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions. Sub-Saharan Africa uses less than five percent of its water resources, but making water available to all can be prohibitively expensive. According to the World Water Council, a global body with over 300 members founded in 1996 to advocate for world water security, the world needs to spend an estimated 650 billion dollars annually from now to 2030 to build necessary infrastructure to ensure universal water security. Africa is still far from enjoying the returns from investments in the water sector; for example, it has more citizens with mobile phones than access to clean water and toilets. A recent report explored access to basic services and infrastructure in 35 African countries, found that only 30 percent of Africans had access to toilets and only 63 percent to piped water – yet 93 percent had mobile phone service.

IAPMO Officials Support, Participate in World Water Day Events

March 23rd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on IAPMO Officials Support, Participate in World Water Day Events)

Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2017) — IAPMO today supported and participated in World Water Day events as a member of the U.S. Water Partnership at the U.S. Department of State. The day began with speakers from the State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other federal officials promoting the elevation of water infrastructure as a national priority, water equity and affordability, and water financing.

IAPMO was also pleased to participate in the 2017 Water Leader Award Ceremony, in which the inaugural award was presented to Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Coca-Cola. This award was created by the U.S. Water Partnership, of which IAPMO is a long-standing member. IAPMO officials subsequently met with other members of this partnership to discuss how to improve water and sanitation services domestically and internationally.

The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day. The day serves as an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others, and take action to make a difference. Each year, U.N. Water — the entity that coordinates the U.N.’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day that corresponds with a current or future challenge. This year’s theme is “Why waste water?”

Earlier in the day, IAPMO officials met with the Funder Collective, a group of foundations and related organizations that invest in helping populations increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. IAPMO officials discussed with these funders how to make partnerships more effective and steps that can be taken to improve each organization’s strategy.

On Tuesday, IAPMO officials joined key stakeholders from the water industry for the National Water Policy Fly-In. During the course of this event, IAPMO officials met with policymakers from the Trump administration and Capitol Hill to discuss the critical water infrastructure needs facing America’s communities.

“Water issues abound in the U.S. and globally, and are only expected to expand significantly in the coming years,” said Dain Hansen, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for The IAPMO Group. “Elevating the issues related to water at the highest levels of government is vital and is exactly what IAPMO is doing — not only on days like World Plumbing Day and World Water Day, but every day throughout the year.”

The IAPMO Group offers an extensive menu of services — product testing and certification, code and standard development, training and education — offering clients worldwide one-stop sourcing for all of their plumbing, mechanical, electrical, solar, and food equipment certification needs, all with fast turnaround and industry-renowned customer service. For a complete listing of available services, visit http://www.iapmo.org.

The IAPMO Group Washington Update—March 17, 2017

March 22nd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The IAPMO Group Washington Update—March 17, 2017)
The IAPMO Group Washington Update—March 17, 2017
This week: The House passed various bills relating to health care for veterans and employment practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate approved the nomination of former Senator Dan Coats to serve as Director of National Intelligence and a measure to repeal an Obama-era regulation relating to guidelines for the states to administer drug testing of applicants seeking unemployment benefits.

Next Week: The House is expected to vote on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare (see below). The chamber will also take up some other health care measures that aren’t included in the broader Obamacare replacement package, including a bill to allow small businesses to band together and offer coverage to employees as well as a bill to apply anti-trust laws to the health insurance industry. The Senate will address various regulatory issues. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its long-awaited confirmation hearings on Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.

Obamacare Replacement Limping Along. A third committee in the House approved the recently-released Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, setting up a final vote in the full House next week. The House Republican plan has taken incoming fire from the political left and right (and others), but most Republicans fear that a reopening of the bill will subject it to endless gridlock and prevent the House from passing any Obamacare replacement bill. Senate Republicans will certainly advance a very different bill, and any final bill sent to President Trump is more likely to be in line with that bill than what the House will try to pass next week. Moreover, any stalling of the House bill will show weakness in Republicans’ ability to govern and potentially stall its broader agenda, including the crown jewel—comprehensive tax reform. House Republicans have a big stake in this bill’s vote next week (which we think they will pass), and these bigger picture interests are driving the frantic efforts to pass the measure.

Entitlement Reforms. Most policymakers in Washington believe that the federal budget deficit and overall federal debt cannot be addressed in a meaningful way if the major entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security—are not reformed in some way. These three programs are the largest in the federal budget and are growing at a faster rate than all other large programs. It is fair to say that any reforms will likely entail some people losing benefits, and therein lies the political challenge of making reforms. Provisions in the Republican health care plan make significant changes to Medicaid and result in $337 billion in deficit reduction over a decade. The untold story in this debate is that many Republicans view this deficit reduction as a first step in reforming at least one entitlement program and as a more attractive feature of the bill than the broader health care provisions.

National Director of Intelligence Confirmed. Dan Coats won Senate confirmation Wednesday to oversee 17 agencies as the U.S. director of national intelligence, a role that will challenge him to build ties in place of tensions between the spy agencies and the Trump administration. Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana, faced little resistance as the Senate voted 85-12 to confirm him. He will be responsible for coordinating the U.S. intelligence community, which includes the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Administration Update.
Trump’s Skinny Budget Proposal. President Trump submitted a proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 (begins on October 1 of this year) that reflects his government spending priorities. Generally, the proposal increases defense, veterans care and law enforcement spending and reduces many areas of domestic spending, including housing, community development and environmental protection. It is considered a “skinny” proposal because it is more abbreviated than the full budget proposals that we can expect to see in subsequent years. New presidents typically submit a skinny budget in their first year in office. Presidential budget proposals like the one put forth this week aren’t taken too seriously since Congress ultimately will write its own funding bills for the government. The bigger picture takeaway is that the budget appears to be consistent with mainstream Republican priorities with regard to defense and deficit reduction (no increase in the projected deficit), despite President Trump’s reputation as something other than a “mainstream Republican.” To read more on the budget, process and likely outcome, we issued the following letter earlier this week: Click Here

Water Cuts In Trump Budget Meet Bipartisan Angst. Massive cuts included in President Donald Trump’s spending plan, especially cuts to EPA water quality programs, has united two warring political parties. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they were aghast that the White House wants to eliminate funding for regional water programs in the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere—despite earlier assurances from Scott Pruitt, the agency’s newly appointed chief, that he supported these programs. Trump’s proposal for the coming fiscal year maintained EPA funding for water infrastructure projects or SRF programs at Obama-era levels. This sets up a difficult political choice for state and local governments, as well as for water utilities, which desperately need funding for water upgrades but may be appalled by the rest of the president’s budget proposal. At a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the drinking water state revolving fund program this week, Rep. John Shimkus, (R-Ill.) noted that these funding levels may force state and local governments, as well as water utilities, to engage in some difficult political calculus when deciding whether to support or oppose the president’s spending plan. 

Financial Regulatory Appointments. The Trump administration this week made some progress in filling out its economic and financial policy team by announcing picks for senior Treasury positions and the Chair of the CFTC. Next week, a Senate committee will hold its hearing on Jay Clayton, the administration’s nominee for SEC Chair. While much of the attention will be on the left’s criticism of Clayton’s ties to Wall Street, more interesting will be what issues within the SEC’s broad purview he chooses to highlight as priorities. Given his background as a securities lawyer, Clayton is expected to be particularly interested in removing barriers to capital formation, a topic that will be explored in another congressional hearing next week. In addition to the positions mentioned above, the President still has key bank regulatory positions to fill (notably, there soon will be three openings at the Fed). With regulatory reform efforts slowing in Congress and with the Treasury scheduled to release a regulatory review report this spring, the President’s nominations for these positions will have outsized importance.
Tillerson Finds North Korea’s Missiles Dominating Asia Debut. Less than two months into his tenure as U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson arrives in Asia this week looking for fresh approaches to a challenge that has bedeviled the U.S. for 25 years: North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. The urgency of Tillerson’s task in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing this week is only rising after recent tests show the reach of North Korea’s ballistic missiles edging closer and closer to the continental U.S. Tillerson will see if his outsider’s perspective and deal-making chops after four decades at Exxon Mobil Corp. can work some magic where seasoned diplomats have failed. This trip to Asia trip is daunting, and not just because of North Korea. He must show Japan that the U.S. is still interested in Asia after turning its back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that Japan invested so heavily in; lend support to a South Korean government steeped in political turmoil with the impeachment and removal from office of President Park Geun-hye; and ease Chinese concerns that President Donald Trump is intent on waging a trade war, or confronting Beijing in the South China Sea.

Industry Update.
Next Week is Fix a Leak Week! March 20th-26th is EPA’s 9th annual Fix A Leak Week. The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Across the nation, these leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. Most of these leaks are easily fixed. Check out the EPA’s website for more details: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html
Michigan Looks To Drop Lead Limit Below Federal Cap. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said this week his administration will enact the country’s toughest lead limit for water in the wake of the lead contamination in Flint. Snyder said he will gradually lower Michigan’s “action level” for lead in drinking water from 15 parts per billion, the federal limit, to 10 ppb by 2020 through administrative rule-making. He said the change does not need legislative approval. Some of his other post-Flint proposals, such as requiring homeowners and landlords to disclose lead pipes and plumbing to prospective buyers or renters, will require legislation. Under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules, water systems across the nation must take steps to control corrosion if lead concentrations exceed 15 ppb in more than 10 percent of customer taps sampled. Under Snyder’s plan, the threshold would drop to 10 ppb in more than 10 percent of taps. Snyder did not specify how quickly he could implement the changes, nor did he give details about the phase-in of the stricter lead standard. Mark Edwards, a Virginia Tech University professor who helped expose Flint’s tainted water, said Michigan’s reforms could be a model for other states. The Republican governor said other initiatives he will pursue through rule-making include requiring water systems to have advisory councils with citizen members and requiring most public systems to make an inventory of their lead services lines that carry water from the street to homes and other buildings.

Water Systems Facing Unique Cyberthreats. Water utilities face unique cybersecurity threats and federal officials who work on both environmental protection and law enforcement are urging the utilities to assess their vulnerabilities in this area. This will become a greater issue in the future, federal officials said, as more water systems try to cut costs by moving toward full automation. The EPA has been collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security to develop new training materials that are tailored specifically to the water industry, especially to small systems that serve rural communities. David Travers, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s water security division, said much of the existing cybersecurity training is broadly geared toward all utilities. Travers said this is something utilities need to keep a close eye on, especially since the move to automation means some water treatment facilities are now no longer staffed around the clock. Water utilities are also encouraged to use a tool developed by NIST to help federal agencies and private companies assess their cybersecurity risks.

Drought Causing 900,000 To Face Hunger in Sri Lanka. The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into “acute food insecurity” according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The country’s rice harvest could be the worst in 40 years, charity Save the Children predicted. The just-completed harvest was 63 percent below normal, it said. The survey found that over one third of the drought-affected households had seen their income drop by half since September and 60 percent of the households surveyed were in debt. Sri Lanka’s government said over 1.2 million people have been affected by the country’s current drought, which began last November and continues despite some occasional rainfall over the last two months. According to WFP assessments the island needs 2.3 million metric tons of rice for annual consumption but the overall 2017 rice harvest is projected to yield just 1.44 metric tons. The government has already taken steps to increase rice imports to stave off shortages.

Final Word

Road Trip! Bipartisanship got a nice boost this week as the northeast snowstorm encouraged Congressmen Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Will Hurd (R-TX) to take a road trip together from Texas to Washington, D.C. As they drove, they live-streamed their road trip, talked politics and personal life. They also called in to radio shows and fielded questions that fed into their live stream. Many lawmakers noticed this road trip, and applauded the two for their creativity. Don’t expect incidents like this to lead to an outbreak of bipartisanship in Congress, but, based on the positive media coverage it received, it does show voter interest in such efforts. Many in Washington complain that there are no longer personal relationships across the partisan aisles in Congress, but nothing solves that more than a 1,600 mile road trip. The road-tripping Texas congressmen are both young and ambitious (Congressman O’Rourke may run for the Senate next year), and their collaboration will boost their standing in Washington and their recognition by voters back in Texas.

Dain M. Hansen
Senior Vice President
Government Relations
The IAPMO Group
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 600 West
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 445-7514

IDPH Plumbing Program Manager Position

March 20th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on IDPH Plumbing Program Manager Position)

IPIA Leaders;

The IDPH has posted for the position of Plumbing and Water Quality Program Manager.

Here IDPH Job Opportunity are the required qualifications and more information.

The person applying for the position must be an Illinois Licensed Professional Engineer.

Please pass this information on to anyone whom you feel has a strong background in plumbing and is an engineer.


Beverly A. Potts, Executive Director
Illinois PHCC
821 South Grand Ave., West
Springfield, IL  62704

IAPMO Thoughts on President Trump’s Budget

March 20th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on IAPMO Thoughts on President Trump’s Budget)
Dear IAPMO members, friends, and clients:

By now you have undoubtedly heard that President Trump released the outline for his first federal budget. As the media has been covering, there are a lot of changes, cuts, and increases “proposed”(explained in greater detail below). The purpose of our message to you is to help put things in perspective and provide a little background on how this long process will play out.


The president’s proposed budget to Congress officially kicks off a legislative process that ultimately determines how much money each federal program receives in FY 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018). It is important to remember that this budget is not binding — it simply serves as a blueprint that outlines the new administration’s priorities. But, it is ultimately Congress that approves all budgets and federal appropriations — not the president. This is just the beginning of a long process that will ultimately be impacted by priorities, politics, economic conditions, and lobbying.

President Trump’s $1.065 trillion budget proposes $54 billion in domestic cuts for FY 2018. It raises defense spending to $603 billion and lowers nondefense spending to $462 billion. This is also just the beginning. The budget delivered to Congress this week says that by next year, OMB will propose a large-scale reorganization of federal departments and agencies. The IAPMO Group opposed some items in the proposed budget, and will continue to work with Congress to protect key federal programs of importance to our industry.


The federal agencies facing the biggest cuts include the: Environmental Protection Agency (-30%), departments of Agriculture (-29%), State (-29%), Health and Human Services (-23%), Labor (-21%), and Commerce (-17%), the Army Corps of Engineers (-17%), General Services Administration (-17%), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (-15%).

With these proposed overall cuts, there are a number of programs that the president’s budget seeks to completely eliminate. Among these are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Legal Services Corporation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Community Development Block Grants.


The federal agencies facing the biggest boost include the Pentagon (+10%) Homeland Security (+7%); Veterans Affairs (+10%) and nuclear security at the Energy Department (+11%). While some Transportation programs would be slashed, overall it would see a 13% increase.


There are five key steps to this process:

1. The president submits a budget request to Congress
2. The House and Senate pass budget resolutions
3. House and Senate appropriations subcommittees “mark up” appropriations bills
4. The House and Senate vote on appropriations bills and reconcile differences
5. The president signs each appropriations bill and the budget becomes law

Step 1: The President Submits a Budget Request

Typically, in February, the president sends a budget request to Congress for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. To create his request, the president and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) solicit and accept budget requests from federal agencies, outlining what programs need more funding, what could be cut, and what new priorities each agency would like to fund. Most of the information we have heard about the president’s budget up to this point has been from information that has been leaked from the dialogue between OMB and the White House about how the federal agencies will adjust to proposed cuts to their overall funding.

Step 2: The House/Senate Pass Budget Resolutions

Now that the president has submitted his budget request, the House Committee on the Budget and the Senate Committee on the Budget each write and vote on their own budget resolutions. A budget resolution is not a binding document, but it provides a framework for Congress for making budget decisions about spending and taxes. It sets overall annual spending limits for federal agencies, but does not set specific spending amounts for particular programs. After the House and Senate pass their budget resolutions, some members from each come together in a joint conference to iron out differences between the two versions, and the resulting reconciled version is then voted on again by each chamber.

Step 3: House/Senate Subcommittees “Mark Up” Appropriation Bills

The Appropriations committees in both the House and the Senate are responsible for determining the exact levels of spending for all discretionary programs. The Appropriations committees are tasked with creating the 12 spending bills that each fund a different part of our government. The Appropriations committees are broken down into smaller appropriations subcommittees. Subcommittees cover different areas of the federal government: for example, there is a subcommittee for defense spending, and another one for energy and water. Each subcommittee holds hearings during which they pose questions to leaders of the relevant federal agencies about the budget request for that agency. With this information, the chair of each subcommittee writes a draft of the subcommittee’s appropriations bill, using the spending limits set out in the budget resolution. All subcommittee members then consider, amend, and finally vote on the bill. Once it has passed the subcommittee, the bill goes to the full Appropriations Committee. The full committee reviews it, and then sends it to the full House or Senate.

Step 4: The House and Senate Vote on Appropriations Bills and Reconcile Differences

The full House and Senate then debate and vote on appropriations bills from each of the 12 subcommittees. After both the House and Senate pass their versions of each appropriations bill, a conference committee meets to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. The conference committee produces a reconciled version of the bill, which the House and Senate vote on again. After passing both the House and Senate, each appropriations bill goes to the president for his signature.

Step 5: The President Signs Each Appropriations Bill and the Budget Becomes Law

The president must sign each appropriations bill after it has passed Congress for the bill to become law. When the president has signed all 12 appropriations bills, the budget process is complete.


Rarely. When the budget process is not complete by Oct. 1, Congress may pass a continuing resolution so that agencies continue to receive funding until the full budget is in place. A continuing resolution provides temporary funding for federal agencies until new appropriations bills become law. When Congress does not pass a continuing resolution by Oct. 1, it can result in a government shutdown, as in 2013. Currently, our government is funded by a continuing resolution that will expire on April 28. It will be a busy time for Congress as they start the budget process for FY 2018 and then also discuss spending levels from April 28 through Sept. 30. When Congress can’t agree on 12 separate appropriations bills, it will often resort to an omnibus bill — a single funding bill that encompasses all 12 funding areas.

Already, we are hearing from senior members of congress on both sides of the aisle that most of the president’s budget is “dead on arrival.” Rest assured, we will continue to work with our members, clients, industry partners, and coalitions to ensure Congress hears and understands the importance of programs critical to our industry. As mentioned, this is just the first step in a long process, so buckle your seats belts; we are in for a wild ride.


Your IAPMO Group Government Affairs Department