Tammy Duckworth Aims to Push Water Infrastructure Bill Through the Pipeline
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)introduced legislation on Friday that she says will bring water infrastructure into the 21st century by investing in critical research to make systems safer, more reliable, and more efficient. "The calendar may read 2018, but if you looked at our nation’s water infrastructure, you would think we were still in the 1930s. Across the country, nearly century-old premise plumbing infrastructure design and construction standards are not only inefficient, but they put public health at risk as well," said Duckworth. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act, introduced with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), would re-establish a laboratory within the National Institute of Standards and Technology to promote innovative technologies that improve public safety, system reliability and water efficiency in modern homes and businesses. Modern plumbing codes are based on antiquated standards that the lawmakers say fail to reflect technological advancements and can lead to serious health risks such as Legionnaires’ disease. Moreover, plumbing infrastructure has a direct impact on construction costs, water usage and public health and safety. The failure to develop modern plumbing codes based on current standards and research has real consequences for families whose unnecessarily large pipes result in using stagnant water that is at greater risk for breeding harmful water-borne diseases, including Legionnaires’ disease. The senators say their bill would address this by directing NIST to re-establish a federal laboratory to conduct research of “premise plumbing” to promote new and innovative technologies that improve public safety, system reliability and water efficiency in modern homes and businesses. More here.