Address Water Stress with Free Webinars from The IAPMO Group

Resilient communities start with plumbing.

Water stresses can emerge at any time from droughts to waterborne pathogens and even terrorism.

Municipalities struggle to stay ahead of water resiliency challenges, putting residents at risk of exposure to dangerous water contaminants or inadequate water infrastructure that can leave people vulnerable to incredibly costly events.

To help, IAPMO offers this curated selection of free webinars from our technical training library that is used by organizations tasked with training and licensing the individuals who are building and maintaining a modern hygiene infrastructure.

With IAPMO expertise, you will be better prepared to build plumbing resilience in your community.

Public Health + Safety

Water Strategies: The Intersection of Codes, Standards, Water Conservation, and Waterborne Pathogens

Presented by Christoph Lohr. P.E.CPD, LEED AP BD+C, ASSE 12080, Vice President of Technical Services and Research, The IAPMO Group

This seminar provides a broad overview of the current state of water and plumbing, viewed through the lens of a plumbing engineer, and aims to help connect the water and plumbing industries for better collaboration in the future. Lohr describes how widely accepted practices in hot water system design led to bad decision-making and how energy and water efficiency standards need to align with the physics of how water works. The seminar includes a review of the specialization and expertise need to for today’s plumbing systems and offers suggestions for better-integrated planning between water utilities and the plumbing industry.

Disaster Mitigation + Recovery

Is Our Water Supply Vulnerable to Terrorism? How It Can Be Protected?

Dan Rademacher, Viega Trades Education Network (VTEN) Program Manager

Water systems are vulnerable to terrorist attacks. This webinar provides examples of water sources and distribution systems and the threats they face, from physical destruction to cyberattacks to the introduction of contamination. Rademacher emphasizes the need for cybersecurity and physical security measures to protect our water supply through the lens of plumbing systems, such as backflow prevention programs.

Sustainability + Efficiency

Conservation: Implications of Water Recycling and Reuse

Presented by Gregg Eckhardt, Senior Analyst, San Antonio Water System

Learn how the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) successfully implemented a wastewater reuse program. Eckhardt reviews plant design and operating parameter considerations, regulatory challenges, and balancing consumptive reuse with environmental flows in receiving streams. He shares insights on planning for unexpected side-effects and provides a unique perspective on applying emerging water technologies as drought mitigation efforts.

Affordability + Equity

Right-Sizing Pipes is the 2nd Domino: How You Can Apply the Benefits of the IAPMO Water Demand Calculator to Your Upcoming Projects

Presented by Gary Klein, Gary Klein and Associates

Plumbing systems in new home construction are routinely overbuilt, increasing housing costs because the most commonly-used pipe sizing formula is almost 90 years old – developed well before today’s innovative low-flow fixtures and appliances came on the scene. Klein reviews the math behind right-sizing plumbing pipes for new residential construction that reduces water aging, delivers hot water faster, and generates significant construction cost savings, while reducing the overall carbon footprint of the structure.

Affordability + Equity

The Role of Safety and Performance Requirements in Reinventing the Toilet

Presented by Sun Gil Kim, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Most people in the world do not have access to toilets. Lack of affordable safely-managed sanitation negatively impacts people’s health, safety, education, economic prospects, and dignity, particularly for women and girls. That is why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been working with many partners to Reinvent the Toilet. Many aspects need transformation, including technologies, finance, products, services, and others. Kim discusses the challenges inherent with decentralized plumbing in areas of extreme poverty, touches on partnerships between organizations and governments, and the importance of establishing safety standards for these and other emerging new technologies.

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