Ontario, California — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is looking for volunteers to join the new Technical Committee for the Construction Practices for Potable Water Guideline. The deadline to apply is July 30.
Experts in one of seven types of interest categories, including manufacturer, user, installer/maintainer, research/standards/testing laboratory, enforcing authority, consumer, or general interest, are invited to participate in the committee.
“This guideline will play a crucial role in reducing the risk of waterborne disease and improving the well-being of building occupants,” said Christoph Lohr, P.E., IAPMO’s vice president of strategic initiatives. “This focused guidance document is being created in order to establish the improved water systems baselines for occupancy.”
Water management during new building construction can reduce the risk of building water systems; as some systems can become contaminated with pathogens, such as Legionella, reports IAPMO. This can reduce the risk of infections of contractors and others near the site during construction. The standard is set to provide guidance for contractors and subcontractors installing and managing building water systems during construction.
“Maintaining the water system is just as crucial during construction as it is when the building is at full or reduced capacity, or vacant,” said Hugo Aguilar, P.E., IAPMO’s senior vice president of Codes and Standards Development. The manual will be in addition to the already published “Construction Practices for Potable Water” guideline, and “Manual of Recommended Practice for: The Safe Closure and Reopening of Building Water Systems,” which is being developed.
Anyone interested in volunteering on the new committee can complete an application online.