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Plumbing and Standards Groups Unite on Water Efficiency

Plumbing and Standards Groups Unite on Water Efficiency

Five national plumbing trade, manufacturing, product and standards groups have agreed to join forces to research and develop water efficient plumbing.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agreement among the Alliance for Water Efficiency, International Code Council, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association and the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute.

The five groups signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday.

"New developments and improvements in water efficiency technology depend on credible research results," EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson said in a statement announcing the pact. "(The) ground-breaking agreement helps ensure that plumbing stakeholders join forces to analyze important water efficiency issues."

"By joining forces the organizations can better use their resources to advance water efficiency research in areas where there is a common interest and need," Mary Ann Dickinson, executive director of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the organization leading the partnership, said in the statement.

"Initial projects being considered for research are high efficiency toilet drainage, water re-use systems, non-water consuming urinals, and sizing of water efficient plumbing systems," she said. "We want to make sure that as we move forward with changes in water efficiency requirements, those changes are based on solid research in the field."