Gonzalez unveils bill to modernize U.S. plumbing systems


United States MP Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) tabled bipartisan bill on October 8th aimed at improving the safety, water efficiency and reliability of American plumbing systems.

“Northeast Ohioans shouldn’t have to worry about whether their water is clean or not,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “I am proud to help shape this legislation that will have a positive impact on our community.”

Rep. Gonzalez presented the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act of 2021, HR 5511, with billing sponsor US Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), submitted for review to US House Science, Space. and Technology Committee.

“It is incredibly important to ensure that Northeast Ohioans have access to clean water and adequate infrastructure,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “The NIST Plumbing Research Act would designate a laboratory to research plumbing for water safety, safety, efficiency, sustainability and resilience to bring our water infrastructure into the 21st century.”

HR 5511, if passed, would specifically instruct NIST to revive a plumbing research program abandoned in the 1970s that, following an invoice summary provided by Rep. Gonzalez staff, sought ways to make plumbing safer, more reliable, and more efficient.

“By making sure our water infrastructure is keeping pace with the latest technology, consumers save money, reduce their exposure to health risks and benefit from the latest water-saving innovations,” said Rep. Cartwright.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Plumbing Manufacturers International, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the International Code Council, and the High Performance Building Coalition endorsed the legislation.

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