Updates From Gary

August 9th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Updates From Gary)
Water Infrastructure Bill Draws Bipartisan House Panel Support. A Republican bill that would authorize double the funding for an EPA loan program to help localities repair and upgrade their drinking water infrastructure sailed through a House committee today with the backing of the panel’s top Democrat. The bill, introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) introduced July 25, would include, among other things, funding for removing lead from school drinking fountains, prevailing wage provisions for federally funded water infrastructure projects, and language that could potentially force out-of-compliance utilities to consolidate with their neighbors. The House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the water bill, H.R. 3387, on a voice vote. It will now head to the House floor. Administration Update. EPA Needs to Improve Oversight of State Drinking Water Programs. That’s the conclusion of a report from the Office of the Inspector General. The report identified two areas in which oversight could improve: more comprehensive reviews of state programs, which occur every few years, and ensuring the accuracy of state drinking water quality data submitted to federal databases. Most states have been granted authority, called primacy, to monitor and enforce the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA officials informed the inspector general that they are taking steps to address the deficiencies noted in the report. Steps include: standardizing performance reviews and using electronic data reporting, which the agency anticipates will reduce errors. Industry Update. U.S. Infrastructure Faces Largest Funding Gap of 50 Nations. The U.S. faces a $3.8t investment gap in meeting its infrastructure needs in seven sectors by 2040 based on current spending trends, the largest deficit among 50 countries, according to a report released this week by the G20’s Global Infrastructure Hub. Worldwide, there’s a funding gap of $18t from the estimated $97t in infrastructure spending needed to support global economic growth, the report finds. In the U.S., the greatest funding shortfalls are in the road and port sectors, which need $3.4t and $168b respectively. Despite a projected 50% increase in U.S. GDP from 2015 through 2040, the U.S. is expected to meet only 69% of its infrastructure needs, according to release.

A Note For All Inspectors From PCA Midwest

August 1st, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A Note For All Inspectors From PCA Midwest)
Please include this PCA Midwest notice/flyer (IPIARequestforinfo) as part of your regular monthly program/meeting emails or newsletter that you send out to your inspectors/membership. Please call with any questions. Thank you. Jeff Weiss Director of Communications & Public Affairs, PCA Midwest S The Plumbing Council 603 Rogers Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515 312-563-9526 (work) 630-280-9608 (cell) www.plumbingcouncil.org
Also there is a new addition to the Illinois State Plumbing license law that has just been updated, log on HERE to view the new information.

ICCA September Meeting Location and Date Change

August 1st, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on ICCA September Meeting Location and Date Change)
The September meeting has been moved from Champaign to Bloomington and from the 14th to the 7th. ICC's Annual conference is the 10th through 13th in Columbus. So the next meeting is: September 7, 2017 – Bloomington, IL – IPOC Bloomington City Hall 115 East Washington Street Bloomington, IL 61702-3157

Plumbing Inspector Job Opening (part-time)

July 27th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Plumbing Inspector Job Opening (part-time))
SAFEbuilt is currently looking for a part time plumbing inspector to service clients in the Grayslake/Volo/Green Oaks, IL areas. Experienced applicants must possess state of IL Plumbing License, plus state certificate as a plumbing inspector. SAFEbuilt has a 25-year history of providing building department services as a government contractor. Our culture is positive and energetic as we empower people to do what they do best.  Join the other highly qualified and motivated individuals who share the common Core Values SKILLS:
  • Extensive knowledge of local and state plumbing codes and current construction procedures and technology.
  • Interpretation of codes in the field and ability to provide code compliant solutions
  • Must possess the ability to positively interact with the other staff members, the general public, contractors, governmental entities, and other clientele
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good time management, organization, and attention to detail skills
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and a considerable amount of independent judgment
  • State of IL Plumbing Inspector Certification REQUIRED
  • ICC Certifications - Commercial and Residential are a plus (building, mechanical, electrical)
  • 5+ years’ experience with trade specific codes in the state of Illinois
SALARY RANGE:  Competitive Salary; 401k participation; Recognition and Rewards program Please apply at: https://goo.gl/N33yPk

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

July 20th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on IAPMO-Led Effort Convinces U.S. House Subcommittee to Reject Proposed Elimination of WaterSense™)

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.  

# # # 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 - (Comments Off on New position!! “SKOKIE”)
  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.