The IAPMO Group is pleased to announce it has concluded a rigorous approval process to join the Amazon Service Provider Network (SPN), becoming a valuable resource for manufacturers and distributors wishing to sell their products on Amazon’s vast global marketplace.
Created in 2014 to help brands and sellers launch, manage and grow their businesses on Amazon, the Amazon SPN is a collection of agencies trained and certified by Amazon to assist sellers in a number of ways — accounting, advertising, imaging, international shipping, storage, taxes, translation services, and more. Prospective sellers searching the Amazon SPN for assistance gaining compliance for their products will now find IAPMO R&T among an exclusive group of providers.
Amazon requires products sold on its platform to comply with all applicable safety standards, substance restrictions, labeling and certification requirements within the intended sales markets.
Amazon sellers who find IAPMO on the Amazon SPN will discover IAPMO’s accreditations and recognitions cover such worldwide regions as North America — United States, Canada and Mexico — Indonesia, Australia, India, EU, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. IAPMO’s expertise in certification, testing, inspection and auditing includes a wide range of product/service capabilities, such as plumbing, mechanical, swimming pool/spa, water filters, building materials, electrical, appliances, food equipment, solar, toxicity, lead free, Proposition 65, aerospace, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and more.
“IAPMO understands the marketplace is changing,” said IAPMO CEO Dave Viola. “E-commerce retailers such as Amazon are playing a major role in the global marketplace today. Being part of the Amazon SPN is evidence of IAPMO’s continuous commitment to provide a trusted and credible service with which many manufacturers and distributors are already familiar, offering a complete and convenient one-stop shop for all compliance needs — testing, certification, auditing, pre-shipment inspection, cargo loading supervision, etc. — through IAPMO’s strategically located offices and testing laboratories in the United States, Australia, India, China and Indonesia.”
The IAPMO Group’s testing, certification, auditing and inspection program is built upon IAPMO’s nearly 100 years of experience in the plumbing industry. Today, IAPMO’s experience and product knowledge have expanded beyond plumbing to cover a wide variety of industries. For more information, direct your web browser to www.iapmort.org or email email@example.com.
• PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials)
• IWSH (International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation)
• World Plumbing Council
• ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) – USA
• UA Plumbers Local 78 (United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs) – USA
• Pan-Pacific Mechanical – USA
• P.I.P.E. (Piping Industry Progress & Education) – USA
• PHCC Educational Foundation (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association) – USA
• PICAC (Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre) – Australia
• UA Plumbers Local 68 (United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs) – USA
• UA Plumbers Local 400 (United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs) – USA
• USAID (United States Agency for International Development) – USA/Indonesia
In association with:
• American Welding Society – USA/Indonesia
• PT. Asian Welding Specialist – Indonesia
• Ayooklik – Indonesia
• BSN (Badan Standardisasi Nasional/National Standardization Agency) – Indonesia
• Cikarang District Health Clinic – Indonesia
• Healthabitat O/S – Australia
• IAPMO India (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) – India
• Lincoln Electric – USA/Indonesia
• Milwaukee Tool – USA
• SAN-EI – Indonesia
• SST Singapore (School of Science and Technology) – Singapore
• SMK 01, Jakarta (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan/Vocational High School) – Indonesia
• SMK 26, Jakarta (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan/Vocational High School) – Indonesia
• Singapore Plumbing Society
• Smart Komodo Consulting – Indonesia
• PT. Surya TOTO Indonesia
• Troppo Architects – Australia
• University of Western Australia
• PT. Wahana Duta Jaya Rucika – Indonesia
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is pleased to announce that PT IAPMO Group Indonesia is now an IAPMO R&T Recognized Laboratory, giving manufacturers a third location — in addition to Ontario, California, and Guangzhou, China — in which to obtain testing for cUPC compliance.
PT IAPMO Group Indonesia’s capability of testing to the cUPC requirements will help facilitate manufacturers’ efforts in Indonesia and surrounding countries to export their products to the United States and Canadian markets.
“By offering testing to cUPC requirements in Indonesia, IAPMO is making it possible for manufacturers wishing to export their products to the United States and Canada to receive testing much closer to home,” said Ken Wijaya, IAPMO Laboratory Executive Vice President. “This will be more convenient for manufacturers and will create a more efficient process for getting their products on the market.”
A complete list of the laboratory’s testing capabilities for the U.S. and Canadian markets may be found HERE.
The state-of-the-art laboratory and certification office in Lippo Cikarang — Bekasi (Jakarta), Jawa Barat, Indonesia, offers testing and certification services for plumbing product manufacturers in support of Indonesia’s national plumbing standard, SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings, which was released in March 2015.
IAPMO’s certification marks of conformity carry the organization’s more than 70-year reputation for integrity and accountability and are readily recognized throughout North America. For more details about IAPMO’s services, please visit www.iapmort.org.
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia – More than 150 people on Thursday attended the fourth- annual IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference, an event that aims to promote the importance of good plumbing systems in improving the health and safety of Indonesian citizens, safeguarding the environment, and boosting the Indonesian economy.
The conference began with IAPMO Group CEO GP Russ Chaney announcing that this year’s Community Plumbing Challenge will be held at the SD Negeri Cicau 02 school in Cicau Village in Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. It will be presented in two parts — a “Design Week” in August and a “Construction Week” in November. CPC2017 will be presented by the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation, in association with the World Plumbing Council.
Chaney attended the event along with Shirley Dewi, Senior Vice President of PT IAPMO Group Indonesia, and Ken Wijaya, Executive Vice President of PT IAPMO Group Indonesia.
“I was once again delighted and honored to celebrate World Plumbing Day with our colleagues from BSN (the Indonesian standards agency) and the U.S. Embassy and Department of Commerce here in Jakarta,” Chaney said. “This celebration of World Plumbing Day has once again given us the ability to stress the importance of access to clean water and safe sanitation systems while ensuring a positive impact on environmental concerns. It is always thrilling to see the interest and enthusiasm that exists in this progressive country and to work collaboratively with some of the regional leaders in water and sanitation systems. We were also excited to announce that the 2017 edition of the Community Plumbing Challenge will occur in November in Indonesia convened by IAPMO’s International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation — IWSH.”
Also at the event, BSN Deputy Director General for Research and Cooperation on Standardization I Nyoman Supriyatna presented Chaney with IAPMO’s ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17065 certificates of accreditation from Komite Akreditasi Nasional (KAN).
Supriyatna and Brian McFeeters, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, also offered opening remarks at the conference, which included educational sessions on the inherent value of good plumbing systems; why standardization of plumbing systems is important; and key technical elements of SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings — the national standard for plumbing that Indonesia released in March 2015 as part of the nation’s World Plumbing Day celebration — along with the importance of purchasing SNI-certified products.
“As we know, BSN, Ministry for Public Works and Public Housing, and IAPMO have been working together to develop the SNI:8153:2015 standard of plumbing systems in buildings,” Supriyatna said. “The SNI 8153:2015 is our commitment to ensure citizens’ protection in water supply and sanitation, and improve citizens’ health.”
“The Department of Commerce is delighted to have facilitated a grant supporting IAPMO’s work in Indonesia, which not only provides citizens with the basic right of clean water and safe sanitation, but also presents export opportunities for U.S. companies,” McFeeters said.
IAPMO and PT IAPMO Group Indonesia officials this year celebrated World Plumbing Day in Indonesia by visiting more than 200 children at Yayasan Rahmatan Lil-Alamin orphanage, teaching them about the importance of plumbing, sanitation and water conservation.
The fourth annual IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference was presented in partnership with the BSN and the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, and sponsored by TOTO, Viega, PT Tri Sinar Purnama, Wavin, Pralon and Ayooklik.com.
Jakarta, Indonesia – Cicau Village in Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, will host this year’s international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC), IAPMO Group CEO GP Russ Chaney announced today at the opening of the fourth annual IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference in Jakarta.
Indonesia becomes the third country to host the CPC, following India in 2015 and South Africa in 2016. Top young apprentices and professionals representing four or five different countries — including Indonesia – are expected to participate, joining forces to form a long-term international collaboration that will deliver improved sanitation infrastructure and facilities in the Cicau area and others like it. In an exciting new development from previous editions, CPC2017 will be presented in two parts — a “Design Week” in August and a “Construction Week” in November.
CPC2017 will be presented by the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation in association with the World Plumbing Council. The project will be based at local school SD Negeri Cicau 02, with a range of other promotional and participatory activities planned across the village for the duration of the event.
Speaking in Jakarta today, Chaney highlighted the CPC’s role in spearheading the mission of the newly established IWSH Foundation.
“IWSH is now in place to align efforts and extend the great work of organizations, governments and industry working across the water, sanitation and hygiene sector,” Chaney said, “while the CPC targets direct impact in the heart of communities where water systems are unsafe or unsustainable. Combined, the two platforms offer huge potential for improving living conditions and public health for specific areas in need, so we are particularly excited to launch our newest program here in Indonesia this year to continue building bridges across our growing network of local and international partners.”
PT IAPMO Group Indonesia Senior Vice President Shirley Dewi added, “Our team is highly motivated to facilitate CPC2017 in partnership with SD Negeri Cicau 02, as the village is located a mere 3 kilometers from our new testing and certification facility, which opened in 2016. Through CPC2017, we aim to develop an innovative working relationship with Cicau Village that will stretch into the years ahead; utilizing the new Indonesian Plumbing Systems Standard to make gradual gains for general public health through design and implementation of better sanitation for all.”
The IAPMO Indonesia Education Conference is a public outreach event designed to promote the importance of good plumbing systems in improving the health and safety of Indonesian citizens, safeguarding the environment, and boosting the Indonesian economy. The event is timed to follow World Plumbing Day (March 11), an occasion designed to promote awareness of the importance of plumbing to global health.
Further news and updates on CPC2017 will be available on the Community Plumbing Challenge Facebook Page and on Twitter by following @CommPlumbing.
The IWSH Foundation is a charitable organization, developed by The IAPMO Group. Learn more about the IWSH Foundation and ongoing projects at www.IWSH.org.
Jakarta Timur, Indonesia – On March 18 officials from IAPMO and the PT IAPMO Group Indonesia visited more than 200 children at Yayasan Rahmatan Lil-Alamin orphanage, teaching them about the importance of plumbing, sanitation and water conservation in celebration of World Plumbing Day.
Shirley Dewi, Senior Vice President of PT IAPMO Group Indonesia, and Ken Wijaya, Executive Vice President of PT IAPMO Group Indonesia, delivered presentations at the event, which revolved around the World Plumbing Council’s March 11 observance of World Plumbing Day and included a poster contest and coloring contest. The winners of the contest were announced during the event and will be recognized during the fourth annual education conference commemorating World Plumbing Day on March 30 in Balai Kartini, Jakarta.
The purpose of the social event at the orphanage in Jakarta Timur was to provide education about the importance of good plumbing, sanitation and water conservation to young children, as they are the future generation and need to install good plumbing systems and adequate sanitation due to the limited amount of water that may be consumed by humans.
“IAPMO has been working with Yayasan Rahmatan Lil-Alamin for four years now, teaching kids the importance of plumbing and sanitation,” Dewi said. “The children have been very receptive and involved in the process, and have participated in our celebration by sharing their understanding of the importance of plumbing and sanitation through song, play, and poem. In fact, one of the songs they created has become an opening anthem for our World Plumbing Day celebration.”
Erin Hendrian, Chairman of Yayasan Rahmatan Lil-Alamin, said, “We appreciate very much and would like to thank The IAPMO Group for this social event. We wish The IAPMO Group continued success and hope that our foundation can continue to be involved in future IAPMO events.”
Wijaya agreed that it is important to teach children about the importance of good plumbing, sanitation and water conservation. “As IAPMO continues its work promoting the standardization of plumbing systems throughout Indonesia, it is important that we get children invested in the plumbing process to ensure future generations have access to safe, reliable sanitation systems, and healthy drinking water,” Wijaya said.
Indonesia released a new national standard for plumbing — SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings — on March 18, 2015, as part of the nation’s World Plumbing Day celebration. SNI 8153:2015 will be included in the guidelines for water conservation of GREENSHIP rating systems, a Green Building Council Indonesia program.
The IAPMO Group’s product testing laboratory and certification facility in Jakarta, Indonesia, has achieved ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17065 accreditations from Komite Akreditasi Nasional (KAN), Indonesia’s national accreditation body, an important milestone following the facility’s opening last May. PT IAPMO Group Indonesia’s state-of-the-art laboratory and certification office in east Jakarta’s Lippo Cikarang, offers testing and certification services for plumbing product manufacturers in support of the implementation of Indonesia’s national plumbing standard, SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings, which was developed with the support of IAPMO utilizing the provisions of IAPMO’s flagship Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®).
“I wish to congratulate the staff in Indonesia on these momentously important achievements,” said GP Russ Chaney, CEO of The IAPMO Group. “These accreditations are a testament to their hard work, attention to detail, and professionalism in serving the plumbing industry of Indonesia for the benefit of the Indonesian peoples’ health and welfare.”
SNI 8153:2015 was released in March 2015, ushering in a new era of standardization for plumbing practices and products on behalf of the nation of more than 250 million. PT IAPMO Group Indonesia’s facility enables local manufacturers to have their products tested and evaluated to demonstrate compliance with the provisions of the plumbing standard.
“Indonesia features one of the fastest growing construction industries in the world, growth that is supported and enhanced by the implementation of a national plumbing standard and the means for manufacturers to tailor their products to it,” said Ken Wijaya, Executive Vice President of PT IAPMO Group Indonesia. “The now accredited testing and certification facility in Cikarang plays an integrally important role in that process.”
KAN is a non-structural institution, established by presidential decree in 2001 and responsible to the president of Indonesia. It is tasked with establishing accreditation of conformity assessment bodies and advising Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN), the national standardization agency of Indonesia.
“Accreditation is the backbone of The IAPMO Group’s work worldwide, whether it’s code and standard development, education and training, management systems certification, or in this instance product testing and certification, as it provides credibility and a high degree of confidence in the marketplace,” said Shirley Dewi, IAPMO R&T Senior Vice President of PT IAPMO Group Indonesia. “The IAPMO Group is committed to the policies and procedures necessary to maintain accreditation and is proud that our Indonesian facility has met these same high standards.”
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Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia — IAPMO and Indonesian government officials collaborated on two events this week whose joint goal was to take the country’s national standard for plumbing — SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings — from the classroom to the real world.
Both corporate social responsibility projects seek to strengthen the relationship between IAPMO and the Indonesian government in order to enhance their support for the needs of the Indonesian plumbing and sanitation industry and aid in the development of Indonesia’s national standards for health, safety, and the environment.
On Tuesday, officials from IAPMO and Dinas Kebersihan Dan Pertamanan Kota Semarang (Agency of Cleanliness and Parks for the City of Semarang) attended a ceremony for a public restroom in Parang Kusumo Tlogosari Park in the city of Semarang, Central Java province. Shirley Dewi, Senior Vice President of IAPMO R&T’s Quality Assurance and Client Services, handed off the key to the public restroom and signed the “prasasti” stone on IAPMO’s behalf. Ken Wijaya, Executive Vice President of IAPMO R&T Lab, and Umi Fadilla and Fadjar Sukotjo, Sales Representatives of IAPMO in Indonesia, also attended, as did Mr. Budi Prakosa, Head of City Park Divisions; Mrs. Nurhasanah Sutjahjo and Mr. Atang Sarbini, representatives from the Center of Research and Development of the Ministry of Public Works and Human Settlements; as well as representatives from the local regional authorities.
The project is intended to serve as a template for standardization that can be replicated. IAPMO provided the technical expert and assisted with the necessary funding to ensure the initial location’s success. IAPMO staff worked with the Indonesian government to identify the appropriate location for the project, set the timeline, and select the contractors.
“We are very excited to be working with the Indonesian government on this project,” Dewi said. “As buildings continue to be constructed utilizing SNI 8153:2015, the health and safety of more and more Indonesian residents will be protected through improved access to clean, safe water and sanitation.”
On Monday, IAPMO and Dinas Cipta Karya Dan Tata Ruang Provinsi Jawa Tengah (The Central Java Province of City Planning) held an event to train 18 people to implement SNI 8153:2015 in the field. Wijaya, along with Sutjahjo and Sarbini from Indonesia’s Center of Research and Development of the Ministry of Public Works and Human Settlements, provided the training.
“IAPMO is committed to providing plumbing education and training for SNI 8153:2015 to give officials and professionals throughout Indonesia the necessary tools to be able to read, understand, interpret, engage, and apply provisions of the new standard,” Wijaya said.
The IAPMO Group Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of PT IAPMO Group Indonesia’s state-of-the-art laboratory and certification office in Lippo Cikarang — Bekasi (Jakarta), Jawa Barat, Indonesia. The facility will offer testing and certification services for plumbing product manufacturers in support of Indonesia’s newly adopted national plumbing standard, SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings.
The ceremony was held during the third annual Water for Indonesia Now (WIN) Celebrates Indonesian Plumbing Systems Standardization at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta in Mega Kuningan, Indonesia.
On May 17, IAPMO held an invitation-only gathering at the new facility that included a ribbon cutting and a special tour. Attendees included Chairman of BSN Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Prasetya, M.Sc., Representative of Ministry of Public Works and Human Settlements Ir. Nurhasanah Sutjahjo MM, and U.S. Embassy Commercial Officer Julie Carducci, as well as IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney, Executive Vice President of IAPMO R&T Lab Ken Wijaya, and Senior Vice President of Quality Assurance and Client Services of IAPMO R&T Shirley Dewi.
“We’re certainly delighted that The IAPMO Group has completed a three-year effort in collaboration with both the U.S. and Indonesian governments to assist Indonesia in creating enhanced public health and safety provisions via the creation of a world-class plumbing code,” Chaney said. “We were very pleased to have received excellent cooperation and support from the BSN, which is Indonesia’s national standards body. We look forward to beginning the testing and certifying of plumbing products, which will facilitate compliance with the new requirements contained in the new BSN national plumbing standard.”
Indonesia released a new national standard for plumbing — SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings — on March 18, 2015, as part of the nation’s World Plumbing Day celebration. SNI 8153:2015 will be included in the guidelines for water conservation of GREENSHIP rating systems, a Green Building Council Indonesia program.
Prof Dr. Ir. Bambang Prasetya, MSc., Chairman of BSN, said, ”I’m thrilled that the partnership between BSN and IAPMO continues to progress so productively, with the release of the standard last year and now this testing laboratory and certification facility that will continue to build synergy with all stakeholders. The establishment of this facility supports the implementation of SNI 8153:2015 because without it manufacturers would not be able to test and evaluate to the standard. Furthermore, the seminar held during the event advanced public awareness between our industry as the user, government as the regulator, and the laboratory as the operator. I hope the training program can be implemented soon and look forward to our partnership with IAPMO continuing to enhance the plumbing industry in Indonesia.”
Prof.(R).Dr. Ir. Arief Sabaruddin, CES, Head of the Center of Research and Development of Human Settlement, Agency for Research and Development of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the Republic of Indonesia, said, “We are hoping that today’s activities can support the implementation process of SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings, as well as providing the maximum benefits for fulfilling the needs of the people toward good plumbing systems that support health and safety, including peace of mind during the construction of buildings, and in conjunction with the Indonesian Law Number 20 Year 2014 (Undang-Undang Indonesia No. 20 Tahun 2014) regarding standardization and conformity assessment; specifically clause 24, in which this standard should be mandatory.”
Brian McFeeters, Deputy Chief of Mission from the U.S. Embassy, said, “The U.S. Embassy is proud to be part of this launch, as U.S. companies have a lot to offer to support this new environmentally friendly plumbing standard. I would also like to congratulate BSN, IAPMO, and the Ministry of Public Works and Human Settlements on their valuable efforts supporting water conservation and health in building systems and today’s opening of the testing lab and certification office in Bekasi. We look forward to continuing to support the government of Indonesia’s effort to gain the adoption of this standard to ensure that all plumbing products and their installation benefit Indonesia and its quest for safe and healthy water.”
Wijaya, who heads The IAPMO Group’s testing program in the United States, said, “This facility, which is the first one dedicated to testing and certification of plumbing products in Indonesia, was established to support the implementation effort of SNI 8153:2015 and to assist in promoting the health and safety of Indonesian citizens through good plumbing systems.”
Dewi added that IAPMO will continue to work with Indonesian officials to promote standardization with the goal of bringing clean, safe water and reliable sanitation to everybody in Indonesia. “The opening of the lab and certification office in Cikarang-Bekasi truly shows IAPMO’s commitment to the Republic of Indonesia, and is an essential part of that effort,” she said.
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) and the National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN) on March 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta, will co-host an industry and media event to bring awareness about World Plumbing Day and introduce the result of their joint efforts, the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for plumbing systems.
The event, revolving around the World Plumbing Council’s (WPC) annual World Plumbing Day — March 11, Every Year, Everywhere — will celebrate the successful development of the first Indonesian National Standard for plumbing — SNI 8513:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings — highlighting the need for standardization across the plumbing industry, from standards to certification, and how this document will have an immediate, lasting impact on every citizen of Indonesia. Scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with lunch and refreshments provided, the event will feature opening remarks by Sudhakaran Nair, WPC chairman; GP Russ Chaney, The IAPMO Group CEO; Kristen Bauer, deputy chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Jakarta; Prof. Dr. Bambang Prasetya, BSN chairman; Saleh Husin, minister of Industry; Hanif Dhakiri, minister of Manpower; and Basuki Hadimuljono, minister of Public Works and Housings.
The official launching of SNI Plumbing Systems follows.
The event will feature three panel discussions on subjects directly germane to plumbing systems and their impact on health and safety in Indonesia.
• Session 1: The implementation of plumbing technology in regional construction development
• Session 2: The role of plumbing regulation in the development of housing and building, including ensuring clean water and sanitary living conditions, to prepare Indonesia for globalization era
• Session 3: The role of government, public, and plumbing industry in implementing SNI Plumbing Systems
Delta, Kohler, Toto, E/One Sewer Systems, Lucky Top, TSP, and Viega are supporting organizations for this important event.
IAPMO and BSN have collaborated for more than a decade, openly sharing knowledge, resources and ideas that would aid in the development of Indonesian national standards. IAPMO is not only working with officials in Indonesia to enhance the national plumbing system standard to assist in protecting the health and safety of the nation’s citizens through the safe delivery of water through properly installed and certified products, but also helping to promote a level playing field for all manufacturers by providing the necessary capacity building and technical assistance for enforcement.
The WPC in 2010 established March 11 as World Plumbing Day, an annual celebration to promote appreciation of the plumbing industry’s vital work on behalf of the planet and its people. The event aims to help the general public better understand how the plumbing industry protects the public’s health and safety, demonstrate the extent to which it works to limit mankind’s environmental footprint and to illuminate other important and often unsung work performed by contractors, inspectors, installers, engineers, manufacturers and academicians. IAPMO has been an enthusiastic supporter of World Plumbing Day from its inception, developing educational materials and administering student contests to promote the event.
For more information, visit www.iapmo.org, or for specific information on this event, visit www.worldplumbingday.org.
CEO GP Russ Chaney headlined a contingent of IAPMO senior executives who traveled to Indonesia to celebrate World Plumbing Day at events March 10 and 11.
Chaney was accompanied by Ken Wijaya, senior director of IAPMO R&T Lab; Shirley Dewi, director of Quality Assurance and Management Systems Registration Services for IAPMO R&T; Megan Lehtonen, vice president of International Business Development for IAPMO; and staff members from IAPMO’s Jakarta office. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta was also well represented, as Acting Ambassador Kristen Bauer attended the March 10 event; Commercial Officer Margaret Shu Teasdale was on hand for both days’ events; and David Gossack, senior commercial officer and commercial counselor, attended the March 11 festivities.
On March 10, IAPMO hosted an educational presentation for more than 80 children at Yayasan Rahmatan Lil-Amin Jakarta Timur, an orphanage in Jakarta, to teach them about how proper plumbing ensures people have access to clean and safe water and sanitation. A PowerPoint presentation taught the children about the importance of water and how more than 1 billion people around the world do not have access to drinkable water, 2.6 billion do not have proper toilets, and how dirty water is blamed for more than 3 million children’s deaths each year. Dewi said the children were very responsive to the presentation, and the children even surprised them by writing and performing a song about how important it is not to waste water.
“The song they wrote and performed defining the importance of water was something we didn’t expect coming into the event,” she said. “They greeted us warmly and we were very touched by it.”
On March 11 – World Plumbing Day – IAPMO and Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN), Indonesia’s national standardization agency, co-hosted an industry and media event to bring awareness about World Plumbing Day and their joint efforts to develop, implement and enforce an Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for plumbing systems through the adoption of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®).
“For well over a decade, IAPMO has had the benefit of working with BSN to develop a national standard based on IAPMO’s flagship, the UPC,” Chaney said. “We were thrilled to have the acting ambassador, as well as David Gossack, on hand to support IAPMO’s effort.”
More than 150 people came out for the event, which was covered by Indonesian television and other media, and industry professionals and representatives from various Indonesian ministries participated in a question-and-answer session at the end.
Wijaya said he has been very appreciative of the support and cooperation IAPMO has received from BSN during the development process, and the event drove home how important having mandatory standards is for those involved in plumbing and sanitation in Indonesia.
“This event gave me a firsthand look at how much industry and manufacturers want the standards outlined in the SNI to be mandatory,” he said. “I hope the ministries take that step to make it part of the system.”