Environmental Protection

Groups to Study Effects of Water Efficient Plumbing

The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition and the Australasian Scientific Review of Reduction of Flows on Plumbing and Drainage Systems will collaborate on the research.

On December 3, the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) and the Australasian Scientific Review of Reduction of Flows on Plumbing and Drainage Systems (ASFlow) Committee signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Both organizations are working on research programs that seek to investigate the impact of reduced water flows in sanitary drainage systems resulting from reductions in water use from plumbing fixtures and fittings, appliances, and commercial and institutional equipment.

The MOU outlines several areas of collaboration to ensure that research efforts are not duplicated and that information and research results are shared between the two organizations.

In addition, the MOU calls for both organizations to interact internationally with standards developing organizations and other researchers for the betterment of global water efficiency efforts. Representing ASFlow, the MOU was signed by Jeffrey Clark of the South Australian Water Corporation and chair of the ASFlow Committee. On behalf of PERC, the MOU was signed by Peter DeMarco of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), chair of the PERC Technical Committee.

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