Code Council Recognizes the Importance of World Plumbing Day

For those of us who live in a modern home, it’s easy to take indoor plumbing and running water for granted. But for an estimated 771 million people around the world who don’t have access to safe, clean water 3.6 billion people live without basic sanitation, the lack of these amenities is a significant hardship that directly threatens their health and well-being. More than three million people die each year from preventable diseases related to lack of clean water and poor sanitation, most of them young children.

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The lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation systems not only poses major health risks, but also hampers agriculture and other economic activities. The sanitation industry is at the forefront of efforts to promote water-related sustainability, particularly through its support of technologies that promote water reuse and reclamation, including desalination, solar water heating and gray water management.

Individuals, businesses and organizations worldwide, including the United Nations, are striving to provide effective sanitation and sanitation to those who currently do not have access. These efforts are paying off – since 1990 an estimated 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation facilities that improve the health and quality of life of people in countries around the world.

World Sanitation Day

To draw additional attention to the importance of sanitation, sanitation and fresh water, World Sanitation Day – an international event celebrated on March 11th every year – highlights the essential role of plumbers and sanitation systems in improving public health and protecting the environment.

“On World Plumbing Day, Code Council celebrates those responsible for safe and efficient drinking water supply and wastewater reuse and management. The Code Council supports this effort on a daily basis by providing code development requirements that are proven to protect our resources and ensure sustainability for the next generation,” said Mark Fasel, Director of PMG Technical Services for the Code Council.

The plumbing industry understands firsthand the need to develop ever-improving building, sanitation and environmental codes to help protect water through proper construction, conservation and safe disposal.

The Code Council provides modern, up-to-date building codes and standards that result in resilient communities, safe plumbing, efficient technology and a well-trained, professional workforce of code officers Plumbers to design, install and maintain these systems.

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The International Codes

The International Codes are a family of 15 coordinated building codes developed by the Code Council, many of which work together to ensure safe plumbing systems in residential and commercial buildings.

TheInternational Installation Code® (IPC) is not just a code but part of a complete building security system that is an integral component necessary to keep up to date with the latest building security technologies while meeting public health, hygiene and safety requirements. The IPC is a performance-based code that is very flexible in its approaches to water conservation and efficiency issues and water reuse options.

TheInternational Residence Code® (IRC) contains many of the same water efficiency and water reuse regulations noted in the IPC – these all-encompassing options provide detailed methods for collecting, storing and using different types of non-potable water. The Code recognizes the growing need for water conservation and the increasing development of water conservation programs in many regions of the United States.

TheInternational Green Building Code® (IgCC) includes even more provisions for the collection, treatment, and storage and use of process water in the form of on-site collected storm and gray water and off-site treated treated water brought to the site.

TheInternational code for private sanitation® (IPSDC), published in conjunction with the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, provides regulations for the design, installation, and inspection of residential wastewater disposal systems and provides flexibility in designing safer systems. The IPSDC facilitates the use of the latest science-based best practices and innovative technologies for the safe on-site management of decentralized wastewater, thereby reducing costs for customers. The IPSDC also addresses inconsistencies in many regulations that dictate how decentralized systems can be designed, installed and operated.

Resources offered by the Code Council

The Code Council’s involvement in water-related issues goes well beyond offering model codes – it works to build a well-trained workforce of code officials and sanitation professionals to service advanced water systems. The association offers the IPC specially designed certification programs for inspectors, auditors, contractors and craftsmen, including Residential Plumbing Inspector, Commercial Plumbing Inspector, Plumbing Plans Examiner, National Standard Master Plumber, National Standard Journeyman Plumber, National Standard Master Plumber with Gas, National Standard -Journey plumber with gas and national standard residential plumbing.

The Code Council also offers acomplete range of training and further education coursesspecially designed for IPC and IRC. Instructors provide hands-on, hands-on problem-solving training and are available for on-site courses of one or more days.

The International Code Council Grading Service Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)PMG listing programassists enforcement professionals to determine if sanitary products are compliant with regulations and applicable standards.

The ICC-ES program provides extensive code and standards coverage, as well as compliance with IgCC, Green Rating Systems, WaterSense, ICC-ES Evaluation Guidelines, Canadian and Mexican Sanitation Standards, and the European-recognized Unified Water Label. The PMG Listing Directory contains details of all products certified by ICC-ES PMG, and PMG listing criteria may be developed when there are no consensus or equivalent standards for a product seeking IPC certification. In addition, the ICC-ES PMG is a licensed certification body of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program for water closets, vanity faucets, showerheads, urinals and weather-dependent irrigation controls.

Code Council in action

The Code Council, in partnership with the National Blue Ribbon Commission (NBRC), established a Water Reuse Working Group to support the advancement of reuse best practices in building codes, improve the development of public opinion on the reuse of treated wastewater and to investigate how this is possible The US can improve its position among the world leaders in the effective reuse of treated wastewater. This diverse working group will continue to study all aspects of water reuse on the ground, develop a roadmap and propose needed resources, including recommended updates to the International Codes – necessary to meet jurisdictions’ water reuse goals.

Sanitary Industry Honor

Construction professionals around the world come together to learn how the plumbing industry continues to improve the products and services the industry offers for commercial and residential projects. The Code Council welcomes World Plumbing Day and the many sanitation organizations working to improve public health and protect access to fresh drinking water.

For more coverage of World Plumbing Day, follow Code Council on LinkedIn and Facebook, and use the hashtag #WorldPlumbingDay when sharing your activities on social media.

If you would like to learn more about resources and support for adopting installation regulations, visit the Code Council’s PMG website.

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