AWE Signs Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Forming a Water Efficiency Research Coalition

2009-01-06

MOU Signing Photo smallThe Alliance for Water Efficiency participated in a historic signing ceremony on Tuesday, January 6, held at the Offices of EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, pledging to partner with four other plumbing organizations in coordinating water efficiency research.  The four other groups signing were as follows:  The Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the International Code Council, and the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute.    

The Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by all parties creates a coalition, lead by the Alliance for Water Efficiency, wishing to work on specific plumbing research initiatives.  Sample projects that might be undertaken include drainline carry research for high efficiency toilets, non-water-using urinals, sizing of water efficient plumbing systems, and safe applications for re-use of water. 

“The Alliance for Water Efficiency is pleased to be able to participate in this historic unity of the nation’s plumbing organizations on the subject of water efficiency research.  By joining forces, we can collectively better use our resources to advance water efficiency research in areas where there is a common interest and need,” said Executive Director Mary Ann Dickinson.  “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."

Funds for worthy projects will be sought from government agencies, foundations, and other interested parties.  The Memorandum of Understanding does not commit any funds at this time.

Photo (L to R): Carole Baker, AWE; Pete DeMarco, IAPMO; Sarah Yerkes, ICC; Allen Inlow, IAPMO; Mary Ann Dickinson, AWE; Jack Krecek, PMI; Administrator Stephen Johnson, EPA; Kevin Tindall, PHCC Member; Assistant Administrator Ben Grumbles, EPA; and Ike Casey, PHCC.