Limitations of water-efficiency programs to be discussed at Emerging Technology Symposium

April 03, 2012 |
Dwight Perkins

The Third International Emerging Technology Symposium by IAPMO and the World Plumbing Council features a session with the intriguing title: “Are Water Efficiency Programs Reaching the End of the Line?” As virtually every municipality in North America is facing declining per capita water demands, we have to wonder how low demands will go, and what does this mean for water suppliers and future WaterSense standards?

This presentation will look at the plumbing products that have had the biggest impact on water demands, as well as some of the more highly touted products that the speaker believes will ultimately fail to deliver. Also: Which products or measures offer the best opportunities for water efficiency “home runs” in the future? The presentation will also touch on the impact lower demands may have on waste carry through drains and sewers, on water agency revenues, and on Municipal Water Efficiency Plans.

The event will be held May 1-2 in Bethesda, Md. Among the topics covered will be:

·       Thermal Insulation and Domestic Hot Water Systems

·       Research Paves Way for High-Performing Water-Saving Spray Valves

·       Potential Health Risks from Reclaimed Water: What to Know and Avoid

·       Measuring Sustainability – Credibility and Accountability

·       Technologies for Industrial/Municipal Water Reuse

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NOTE:This information is the opinion of the author/blogger and not the official position of IAPMO.

Dwight Perkins | Codes and Standards

Dwight Perkins is the Senior Director of Field Operations for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and orchestrates the code adoption efforts of 11 other IAPMO Field Service regions as well as directly working with the state code agencies in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon. Mr. Perkins has more than 35 years experience in the plumbing industry starting as an Apprentice in Alaska moving through the ranks to become a Journeyman Plumber and Business Manager of with UA Local 262. Prior to joining IAPMO, Perkins served in the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly while worked as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He is extremely familiar with the demands jurisdictions face on a daily basis and he is particularly well suited to address those needs. Mr. Perkins may be contacted at IAPMO at 503-982-1193 or email

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