Plumbing Manufacturers International Applauds Science R&D Investments and STEM Education Provisions in New CHIPS and Science Act

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The bill provides for a comprehensive reauthorization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which plays a central role in America’s scientific and technological advancement by setting industry standards critical to fair competition, and the U.S. manufacturing supported. The bill makes crucial investments in research, including the reestablishment of a laboratory, to encourage the development of innovative technologies that will modernize our nation’s aging water infrastructure and improve water efficiency in homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. Businesses, academic institutions, and other federal agencies rely on NIST’s laboratory programs to perform basic research.

PMI has actively worked to ensure that NIST has the authority and resources it needs to fulfill its mission. “Ultimately, NIST’s research will contribute to a major update of U.S. sanitation structure, design and construction standards and help the plumbing industry develop safe and reliable sanitation systems to achieve trusted water quality and better water efficiency,” said Kerry, CEO and Executive Director of PMI Stacking Pole.

PMI would like to thank House Science and Technology Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Senior Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Committee Members Paul Tonko (D-NY), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Haley Stevens (D-MI) for leading efforts on the NIST reauthorization package and its appendixes to the CHIPS Act.

Over the years, PMI and key stakeholders have worked with Congress and NIST to address and prioritize research needs in the field of plumbing. The research initiative included in the CHIPS bill is based on legislation developed by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), both of whom previously introduced measures to expand NIST’s efforts on drinking water .

About Plumbing Manufacturers International

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the trade association of plumbing product manufacturers that manufacture more than 90% of the plumbing products in the United States, represent more than 150 iconic brands, and develop safe, reliable, and innovative water-efficient plumbing technologies. PMI members contribute to the American economy with more than 464,000 jobs and $85.5 billion in economic impact.

With a vision of safe, responsible plumbing, PMI is always committed to the performance of plumbing products that contribute to water efficiency and savings, sustainability, public health and safety, and consumer satisfaction. PMI members manufacture and market water-efficient toilets, urinals, faucets, showerheads and other products in more than 70 locations nationwide online and in more than 24,000 hardware stores, hardware stores and showrooms in all 50 states. For more information on PMI, contact the organization at 1750 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 1500, McLean, Va., 22102; Phone: 847-481-5500; Fax: 847-481-5501.

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