Consistent, Uniform Codes Are the First Line of Defense BACK

What is the cost of contaminated water?

Today we understand much about water-borne pathogens. We also understand the risks when water sources we believe are safe are rendered non-potable by poor plumbing practices.

Great responsibility comes with being a public health official. You are tasked with the health and safety of your constituents. Providing them with the strongest set of codes fulfills a large part of your mandate, as prevention is just as valuable as treatment when an outbreak occurs. You need the support of codes that demonstrate the best the industry has to offer.

The Uniform Codes are the result of years of practical experience and applied science taken from multiple points of view. The technical committees, subcommittees and working groups are filled with more than 250 expert volunteers dedicated to producing the most comprehensive, discipline-specific, turnkey document possible. This collaboration yields a document that is enforceable rather than interpretative, while remaining flexible to embrace new technology as it enters the built environment. These prescriptive codes protect the public and the jurisdiction from incorrect field interpretations by setting standards that are understandable by all segments of the industry.

Today’s reality is water conservation. The plumbing industry has embraced this requirement through a whole host of specifically designed products and systems to save water. There may, however, be unintended consequences if the flow of water used does not provide adequate hand and body cleaning as well as sufficient waste removal from the property. IAPMO brings together the best subject matter experts in code development at the technical committee level.

The Uniform Codes are transforming the industry. To support the dynamic nature of the codes, IAPMO invests heavily in researching the impact of and science behind proposed code changes. Public health research topics include:
• Water pipe sizing
• Drain line carry
• Roof drains

We build understanding of water and energy savings, embedding that knowledge in the most progressive and innovation-friendly codes available. By maintaining the frequency of code revisions, we help public health departments keep pace with technological advances. This continuous refinement makes the codes even better.

Your Trusted Resource
Water shortages – we fill the void with expertise

  • Safe plumbing practices
  • Rainwater and greywater moved into the code
  • We invest and find the answers to proposed code changes
  • We are transforming the industry

Flawed code changes cost:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Health

Your codes should make a positive difference in your constituents’ lives. Since their inception, the Uniform Codes have seamlessly integrated with local building and structural codes. By the nature of their development, the Uniform Codes do not conflict within themselves and provide a solid background for health department codes.


Live by the Code™
Our codes and formal “rules” provide the background for civilized living. The plumbing and mechanical codes, and the men and women involved in enforcing them, are dedicated to protecting the public’s health and safety. These professionals spend years learning and applying the codes uniformly in our communities and constructing safe and responsible homes, workplaces and educational structures for present and future generations. We can all share this philosophy: We can accomplish greater things together than we can individually.