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Co-conveners:

Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE)

The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a stakeholder-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts. A diverse Board of Directors governs the organization and has adopted a set of guiding principles and strategic plan.

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public.
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH)
Founded in 1933, the nonprofit Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating is a vibrant organization committed to providing its member with tools for success in today’s competitive environment. CIPH includes over 250 member companies including manufacturers, wholesale distributors, master distributors, manufacturers’ agents and allied companies that manufacture and distribute plumbing, hydronic heating, industrial, waterworks and other mechanical products. CIPH wholesalers operate over 600 warehouses and showrooms across Canada. CIPH members employ over 10,000 Canadians and are an integral part of the Canadian economy.
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®)
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials(IAPMO®) has been protecting the public’s health and safety for 90 years by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world.

The IAPMO code development process ensures openness and transparency for the development of consensus-based codes for use in the built environment. Our codes are unique, as they remain the only codes developed exclusively for plumbing and mechanical applications that employ an ANSI-accredited development process, providing a voice and a vote to all industry stakeholders.

IAPMO provides leadership toward addressing the global need for sound water efficiency-based codes and standards while working to avoid unintended consequences that have the potential to compromise health and safety. IAPMO supports science-based research and policy-based initiatives at all levels of government, with the goal of helping provide for the safe use of water in buildings around the world.

Mechanical Contractors Association of America and Plumbing Contractors of America
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and Plumbing Contractors of America (PCA) serve the unique needs of approximately 2,500 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise.
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC)
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association – Dedicated to the promotion, advancement, education and training of the industry, for the protection of our environment and the health, safety, and comfort of society.
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI)
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the voluntary international industry association of the manufacturers of plumbing products. Our members produce 90% of the products used in the USA.

PMI is the voice of plumbing manufacturers on regulatory and legislative issues, we are in the business of information sharing and serve as an international watchdog and “early-alert system” about issues that will impact our industry. We promote the efficient use of water, while maintaining a focus on health and safety. We build coalitions and bring (sometimes seemingly disparate) groups together on a common cause for the greater good. We promote a level playing field for trade issues and consumer choice.

United Association (UA)
With over 300,000 members across North America, representing the plumbing and pipe fitting industry, the United Association is very proud of our membership and our work. Our motto, “We Do It Right the First Time,” shows our integrity and determination to not only do our best, but with expertise. We strive to improve our members’ skills and excellence through our robust training programs.
World Plumbing Council

The mission of the World Plumbing Council is to unite the world plumbing industry to safeguard and protect the environment and the health of nations, for the benefit of all.

   To develop and promote the image and standards of the Plumbing Industry worldwide.
   To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and technology between Plumbing Industry Organizations and individuals worldwide.
   To promote and assist in Plumbing Industry Education and Training, recognizing the need for appropriate standards and their international recognition.
   To create an awareness of the Plumbing Industry's role in protecting the environment by providing safe fresh water and sanitation through proper management, care, reuse, and conservation of natural resources.
   To provide and share information regarding research projects and technology that may be applicable to the Plumbing Industry and the people they serve.

 

Benefactors:

American Standard Brands
For more than 137 years, American Standard has led the way in developing innovative bath and kitchen products that have set and re-set the standards for living healthy, living responsibly and living beautifully.  It is a proud legacy that has made American Standard one of the most trusted brands in the industry. We are dedicated to raising the standard in daily living through life improving performance and responsible innovation for health, safety, comfort and conservation at home, at work and around the world.
 
International Code Council

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

The International Codes®, or I-Codes®, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations.

Fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level. Federal agencies including the Architect of the Capitol, General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service and the Veterans Administration also enforce the I-Codes. The Department of Defense references the International Building Code® for constructing military facilities, including those that house U.S. troops around the world and at home. Amtrak uses the International Green Construction Code® for new and extensively renovated sites and structures. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands enforce one or more of the I-Codes.

TOTO USA
TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer. We offer a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals. More than 1,500 TOTO engineers and their colleagues are committed to achieving the seamless integration of performance, conservation, technology, and innovation.
Viega

The Viega Group has always stood out from the crowd, and today they are bringing their high-quality, revolutionary piping systems to the water quality movement. Formed in 1899, Viega has been the global leader in press technology systems for industrial, commercial and residential industries. Viega LLC, headquartered in Wichita, KS, offers more than 3,000 products, including Viega ProPress® for copper and stainless, Viega MegaPress® and Viega MegaPressG for black iron pipe and Viega PEX Press systems in Zero Lead bronze and high-performance polymer.

These systems are coupled with several products that are changing the way contractors do their jobs and are affecting the lives of the people who rely on them to deliver water safely to the tap. As standards are developed to prevent outbreaks like Legionella, contractors and designers will start seeking out products that improve efficiency and lower operating costs while also keeping bacteria growth at bay.

Everything from double drop elbows and Venturi insert fittings, to the revolutionary Viega SmartLoop™ system, will aid in the flow and temperature maintenance of a buildings piping system. With training and design seminars, together, we can help keep our drinking water safe with quality, innovative products and services.

 
Patrons:
Indian Plumbing Association
Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) is the apex body of plumbing professionals in India. Established in 1993 with the objective to promote development of plumbing and building services industry, IPA membership is open to everyone engaged directly or indirectly with the construction industry.

Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) has more than 2500 members, across the country from every segment of the building industry including Consultancy, Manufacturing, Contracting, Trading, Academia and Architecture. The headquarters of  IPA is at New Delhi and fifteen chapters are at – Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Goa, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kerala, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Raipur, Visakhapatnam.

National Inspection Testing Certification (NITC)

National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) is a third-party provider of certification services to the Piping Industry. NITC tests and certifies personnel in the Medical Gas, Plumbing, Pipefitting, HVACR, Fire Protection & Safety Systems and related industries.

NITC maintains a Quality Management System registered to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard and offers personnel certifications that include but are not limited to Journey Level and Master Level, assorted City, County, and State Government requirements. NITC also specializes in Test Development and Test Administration.

The purpose of the NITC Personnel Certification Program is to advance the profession of certain crafts, inspectors and businesses in the construction industry by providing (a) a mechanism by which individuals can demonstrate their knowledge of model codes, standards, industry practices, and (b) a mechanism by which stake holders in the construction industry can readily assess a minimum level of competency for such categories.

NITC is non-discriminatory in accepting applications and issuing certifications to candidates in regards to membership in any trade association, union, etc., and NITC is in compliance with all Federal and State ADA regulations. Since NITC’s work is highly important to the construction industry as well as the public at large, NITC has devised processes to insure that it practices impartiality, manages conflict of interest issues, and ensures objectivity in carrying out its certification activities.

 

Supporters:

AquaRex
Aqua-Rex LLC is the USA subsidiary of the UK Company, Lifescience Products Ltd, a technology leader in designing Physical Water Conditioners (PWT’s), alternatives to conventional salt based water softeners. Aqua-Rex can deliver most of the benefits of a conventional water softener and in addition clean out the existing scale from a property.

It is has a very low initial cost, requiring no servicing or maintenance and is easily retro fitted. Whilst it may be considered “Emerging Technology” in the USA, Aqua-Rex is one of a number of PWT’s that are “Established Technology” in the UK. They are specified by all Plumbing Engineers and used in all kinds of applications in place of conventional softeners and have been for at least the last ten years.

As well as replacing softeners where high chlorides are a problem in waste water, Aqua-Rex can be of practical use in moderately hard water areas where softeners would not normally be installed. They can also be used to clean away existing scale in plumbing systems therefore contributing to the control of Legionella.

 
Kemper Hygiene Systems (KHS)
The KHS System incorporates the use of a unique splitter valve to control water flow and drinking water temperatures in large buildings such as hospitals, hotels and schools, etc. The main purpose of the valve system is to deter harmful bacteria growth such as Legionella. The KHS System works automatically (24/7) throughout active and inactive areas of a building’s plumbing system and is designed to maintain hot and cold water temperatures outside of the Legionella growth zone (68°F-124°F). In compliance with ASHRAE 188, the KHS System provides the building operator with automated controls and procedures designed to manage and minimize the risk of Legionella.
 
Kohler
 
Rada (a Kohler Company)
At Rada we’re driven to design hand washing, showering and washroom water controls that play a vital role in helping to protect users from risks including scalding and potentially fatal waterborne bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

When the stakes are so high, it pays to work with a manufacturer that cares as much as you do.

Rada’s catalogue of industry firsts since 1959, now includes the world’s first digital thermostatic mixing valve designed for healthcare, with non-touch control of both flow and temperature adjustment. 

We’re previewing an exciting new development, designed to address many of the challenges of water control at the point of delivery in healthcare environments – the  company’s new range of iF Design Award winning digital thermostatic faucets and showers.

 
Sloan Valve

Every day around the world, Sloan products connect the systems that manage our planet’s most precious resource. As the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems, we’ve spent more than a century pioneering smart, water-saving restroom solutions that are built to last a lifetime.

Our Mission
We want to passionately preserve the environment.

Water Connects Us® is more than just Sloan’s tagline. Sloan understands the dynamic relationship between the world’s water management systems and its water ecosystems. We connect communities of engineers, architects, designers, building managers and owners to high-efficient products and systems to promote healthier water ecosystems for generations to come.

Our Vision
Be the global leader most renowned for providing smart, clean, sustainable restroom solutions.

Sloan is committed to global water conservation. Sloan has partnered with healthcare facilities, restaurants, hotels, schools, office buildings and institutions around the world to save millions of gallons of water with low-flow, waterfree and reclaimed water technology.

Our Promise
Intelligent solutions that deliver higher standards of performance and responsibility.

Sloan helps customers worldwide to meet the water and energy challenges of growing businesses, municipalities and communities. Since innovating the Royal® flushometer over 100 years ago, our global team of engineers have developed technologies that improve water-efficiency without compromising design, quality, affordability or performance.

UNC Water Institute

 

The Water Institute at UNC:  We are problem solvers focused on the sustainable management of water for health and human development. We contribute to improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all.  Since its founding, the Water Institute has tackled issues of central importance to global public health, to address ongoing, and emerging issues and to improve policy, programming and practice.  Institute researchers have published more than 80 scientific papers, and reached large audiences with knowledge products that translate insights into practical action. The Institute’s recommendations on global WaSH goals, targets, and indicators have supported policymaking and shaped agendas around issues including water supply and quality, sanitation and sewerage, health care and school settings, and human rights. The implications of our work have been reflected in the incorporation of the word ‘safe’ in the Sustainable Development Goals’ water and sanitation target and the aspiration to ensure that every household has adequate water and sanitation.  Reflecting the core values of the university, and carrying forward the School’s history of innovation in the service of public health, The Water Institute has focused on effecting change.  Its research, teaching, networking and communication activities focus on evidence – to upgrade policies; to enhance program design and management and to improve practice – all toward the goal of improving health and development in North Carolina and around the world.

Water ProTec

Our vision:
   To be the world leader in prevention systems to prevent water damage in residential, industrial and commercial areas.
Our mission:
   To provide a product assuring peace of mind and protection of the environment through our system, by controlling serious incidents caused by water in all sectors.
Our product:
   The aim of our product is to prevent damage caused by water.
   The product is an electronic valve installed at the main water entrance that automatically shuts off when the control panel receives an overflow signal. This product is extremely effective in preventing water overflow caused by the hot water tanks, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. All you do is place the wireless sensors anywhere you foresee as a potential trouble spot.

WaterSmart Innovations
The WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition (WSI) is the largest urban water-efficiency conference of its kind in the world. Presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and numerous forward-thinking organizations, the ninth WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition will be held October 5-7, 2016 in Las Vegas. A premier venue to showcase new water-efficiency technology, build and strengthen effective, interdisciplinary relationships; and establish your company as an international leader in innovative water efficiency technology and services.

At WaterSmart Innovations, a wide range of professional sessions and workshops - along with an extensive exhibition of water-saving technologies and programs from around the world - will connect attendees with the resources they need in an atmosphere of networking, collaboration and learning, to create a new wave in water efficiency.