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IAPMO and AWWA to Collaborate on Manual for Emergency Shutdown and Startup of Water Systems

ANSI audited designator the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), an ANSI accredited standards developer, have entered into a Cooperative Development Agreement to develop of a Manual of Recommended Practice on safe procedures for water systems in the event of an emergency.

Recommended Practices for the Safe Shutdown and Startup of Building Water Systems Due to Emergency will support providing safe and effective water efficiency and water quality provisions for the built environment.

“We’re excited about the agreement to co-develop the Manual of Recommended Practice with AWWA,” IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney said. “Both organizations are leaders in developing standards and guidelines pertaining to the safe management of water. This agreement will work to ensure that lessons learned from the horrible COVID-19 pandemic will be captured and put into practice. Considering the profound water scarcity and water quality challenges that both organizations will be confronted with in the years ahead, we suspect that this will be the first of many programs where AWWA and IAPMO will collaborate to provide solutions that work to keep water systems safe.”

“Protecting the water quality in buildings impacted by emergency shutdown actions is a shared area of concern and emphasis for AWWA and IAPMO,” said AWWA senior manager of standards Paul J. Olson. “We are pleased to be a part of this joint effort to provide expert guidance on safe practices to protect public health, which is AWWA’s first core principle.”

Read the related press release on IAPMO and AWWA’s websites.

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