This week, ASA joined others as the Plumbing Industry Leaders Coalition convened at its annual meeting. Joined by PHCC, PMI, ASPE, IAPMO and others, the association leaders talked about all things plumbing and water.
The group heard an insightful presentation from Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, dubbed the
“Plumbing Professor” by Time Magazine in 2004. Dr. Edwards’ work includes the lesser known health risks such as pathologic bacteria in certain systems and the ongoing issue of leakage in pipes and pipelines, causing billions of dollars and gallons of water to be wasted.
In addition, the group discussed various workforce initiatives, led by ASA’s Mike Adelizzi, who addressed the group on ASA’s drive to reach transitioning military and the veteran community. Included in this discussion were perceptions over plumbing vs. clean water and how the various segments of the industry can attract the next generation of workers into promising, but lesser understood careers in distribution, plumbing and manufacturing.
Finally, the group discussed various legislative battles in the states that have erupted as a result of Washington’s inability to authorize WaterSense®. Discussed was a number of bills on Congress that have been introduced to authorize the successful EPA program and how the group can get behind these efforts and leverage our organization’s strength in the name of water efficiency.
To learn more about what ASA is doing in Washington, D.C. for the industry, visit the Advocacy section of our website.