IAPMO conference will examine alternate water source systems, rainwater harvesting

September 18, 2012 |
Lynne Simnick

Water shortages impact many areas of the country, and the use of gray water and rain water is on the rise. Plumbing codes and practices have been refined in recent years to keep up with this trend.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ 83rd annual Education and Business Conference will include workshops on the hot topics of alternate water source systems and rainwater harvesting. The conference takes place Sept. 23-27 in Hollywood, FL.

Chapter 16 of the Universal Plumbing Code has been completely rewritten to accommodate new technology and incorporate recent trends affecting alternate water source systems. A presentation will cover the use of such systems and provisions governing them. This will include installation requirements for the distribution of water and the protection of other health and safety issues related to the care, storage, and distribution of alternative water resources. The protection of potable water systems and containment and identification of the alternate water systems will also be discussed.

The practice of capturing and then using rainwater in an effort to conserve water and reduce water consumption-related costs has been rapidly increasing around the country and the world. Proper installation, maintenance, and inspection of these systems are critical to ensuring the health and safety of those impacted by rainwater catchment systems. A session will discuss the provisions of the new Rainwater Catchment Chapter in the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code, and the impact these provisions will have on installers and inspectors.

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Lynne Simnick | Codes and Standards

Lynne Simnick is the Director of Code Development for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the creation and maintenance of all IAPMO codes and code supporting documents. Ms. Simnick has more than twenty-eight years experience in the plumbing industry including code development, education and training, plan review and evaluation services. Prior to joining IAPMO, Simnick worked as technical staff in engineering services, educator, inspector and plumber. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Simnick has authored many technical articles, participated in numerous standards committees with an expertise in code and standards development.

Ms. Simnick may be contacted at IAPMO, 909-472-4110 or email lynne.simnick@IAPMO.org

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