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Indonesian Delegation Visits IAPMO, Conference 
Six months after IAPMO and Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN), Indonesia’s national standardization agency, released SNI 8153:2015, the first Indonesian national standard for plumbing — which was based on the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) — a delegation from the Southeast Asian nation spent a week in the United States to continue the process of fully implementing the standard.

The delegation included Ir. Sudradjat, M.Eng., Head of the Laboratory for Water and Sanitation for the Ministry of Public Works and Housing; three BSN officials — Chairman Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Prasetya, M.Sc; Kukuh S. Achmad, M.Sc., Deputy Director General for Research and Cooperation on Standardization; and Ir. I Nyoman Supriyatna, M.Sc., Head of the Centre for Standards Development — and IAPMO’s two Indonesia consultants, Umi Fadhilla and Dharmasena Wijanegara.

The standard was released on March 11, 2015 — World Plumbing Day — and is the result of years of collaboration between IAPMO and the BSN. Compliance is voluntary for now, but officials are looking to increase awareness of SNI 8153:2015 and put the framework in place in Indonesia to increase enforcement of the standard.

The delegation stopped by IAPMO’s World Headquarters in Ontario, Calif., on Sept. 28 for a tour of the facilities before heading to Las Vegas to deliver a presentation during IAPMO’s 86th annual Education and Business Conference.

“IAPMO was delighted to host this important delegation from Indonesia led by BSN chairman Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Prasetya, M.Sc., as we have had a long history in collaborating to provide water and sanitation provisions for the Indonesian people,” IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney said. “This new Indonesian standard was developed in less than a year and is one of the more comprehensive plumbing codes that is solely based upon IAPMO’s American National Standard Uniform Plumbing Code with technical amendments from an Indonesian technical committee to suit Indonesia’s specific needs. IAPMO certainly looks forward to continuing our collaboration to employ training and education programs in support of this new Indonesian standard, as well as plans to construct and operate a plumbing and mechanical product test laboratory to be located in Jakarta, Indonesia.”

Prasetya said the standard is voluntary for now, to allow for it to be introduced and people to become familiar with it.

“It’s quite a change,” he said. “It takes time, because you have to set up the test lab, you have to implement, you have to get people to bring their knowledge to a certain level with the new SNI. So they need time. But this is very, very important for Indonesia, not only from an environmental aspect, but also from the health aspect.”

“I was very impressed with IAPMO R&T’s lab,” Prasetya added. “Their plumbing testing capabilities are very impressive. We are really looking forward to having IAPMO’s help in establishing a plumbing testing laboratory in Indonesia. This will be very beneficial to Indonesia in improving the health and safety of Indonesian citizens.”

Prasetya said the members of the delegation gained valuable knowledge in terms of testing and measuring that will be very important when it comes to protecting the public’s health and safety.

“I was also very impressed with the laboratory in the way it implements the testing methods based on the product standards for various real-world applications in the construction industry,” he said.

Sudradjat said the government is not without experience in requiring plumbing products meet codes and standards, as residential water meters have been required to do so since 2008. He acknowledged, however, that the implementation has been “a little bit rough.”

“They couldn’t really implement it very well because of a lack of enforcement in the field, even though it’s mandatory,” he said.

“For now, it’s going to be voluntary because it takes time for the industry to kind of adjust with the new requirement,” Prasetya said, “so in the future, they’re hoping to make it mandatory. But not right away. It takes time to get there; plus the resources, and then changing all of the manufacturers to get to that point, a lot of investment takes place. So, they have to allow the industry to get to a certain point before they can mandate it. Otherwise the whole industry might collapse.”

Achmad, with the BSN, said the water meter standard contains not only the quality requirements for the meters, but also that the accuracy of the flow rate must be validated, which the agency needs more time to implement.

“But in terms of the quality of the water meter, it has already been in place,” he said.

Achmad said it’s also important to note that Indonesia’s regulations call for all products and services purchased with government funds to be in compliance with SNI requirements. Sometimes, he said, the applicable SNI requirements — or even the certification bodies themselves — do not yet exist for the goods and services being purchased.

“Sometimes a transition period is needed for the user to comply,” Achmad said.

The presentation in Las Vegas gave conference attendees an overview of the work that has been done so far in publishing the standard, why it is important to adopt such standards not only in Indonesia but throughout the world, and additional steps that will be taken to educate the public and relevant stakeholders about SNI 8153:2015.

During his introduction of the delegation at IAPMO’s conference Sept. 29, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Dain Hansen said the partnership was not just an opportunity where IAPMO went in with one organization and decided to move on to something internationally; it is a multinational, multi-corporation and multi-government partnership.

“This is a very unique thing,” he said, “and within that, the whole purpose here was to get IAPMO’s core competencies and expertise translated internationally. We do that great; we have great people and great staff working on this, but now it’s recognized internationally by foreign governments, as well. We’ve done this in India as we know, the Philippines and now Indonesia, but to be able to work in such a way where we can get the Uniform Plumbing Code, the premier plumbing code throughout the world, and to be able to use that as the basis, to be able to work within the governments of Indonesia, to try to use that, modify and tailor it to their needs to make sure that the best public health and safety is addressed.”

Sudradjat said he appreciated the enthusiasm that conference attendees showed about the collaborative effort in Indonesia.

“We really hope that this presentation will open the door for future opportunities to further improve plumbing systems in Indonesia through the implementation of the new standard based on the Uniform Plumbing Code,” he said.

Prasetya echoed Sudradjat’s sentiments.

“We at BSN really appreciate that the audience is very enthusiastic about the partnership between IAPMO, BSN and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing,” he said. “We are very pleased that the conference attendees appreciated all of the hard work that we put into the plumbing system standard. Lastly, we want to thank IAPMO for inviting us to this important event, and we hope to continue our collaboration in standardization and education.”

After delivering the presentation and participating in a panel discussion at IAPMO’s conference in Las Vegas, the delegation traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as representatives of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and ASTM International. During the meeting, the BSN representatives provided an update on the progress of the new standard.

“We were happy to have the opportunity to meet with the staff of the U.S. Department of Commerce, IAPMO, ANSI and ASTM to discuss many things about standardization,” Prasetya said, “in particular our collaboration with IAPMO about the plumbing standard. We look forward to working with the U.S. government to further enhance the partnership with Indonesia in promoting world trade through standardization and conformity assessment.”

Sudradjat said the delegation gained valuable information from the meeting that will help moving forward.

“The meeting with the Department of Commerce has provided a lot of input that the Ministry of Public Works and Housing will consider as it looks to further enhance the implementation of ‘green’ construction in Indonesia,” he said.

That evening, the delegation participated in the United States’ World Standards Day celebration, at which Prasetya was recognized as a distinguished guest.

“We were very impressed with how the U.S. celebrates World Standards Day,” Bambang said. “In particular, the stakeholders are very supportive and understand the importance of standardization. We truly appreciate the invitation and the hospitality of ANSI, IAPMO, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.”

Ken Wijaya, senior vice president of IAPMO R&T Laboratory, said it was an honor to host the delegation and to work with them on the standard.

“The partnership that we have is extraordinary and we feel privileged to be working with them,” he said. “We are grateful that they accepted our invitation to come to the United States to participate in these important events. We are optimistic about bigger and better things for the future.”

Shirley Dewi, senior vice president of IAPMO R&T’s Management System Registration Services, lauded the Indonesian government for its efforts.

“The Indonesian government officials’ support and hard work have played a tremendous role in helping this project move along quickly,” she said. “This clearly shows that their citizens’ health and safety is a top priority.”

Megan Lehtonen, IAPMO’s senior vice president of International Business Development, praised the Indonesian government for putting its citizens’ health and safety ahead of everything else.

“The commitment and dedication the leaders of BSN have shown has been unprecedented in the development of a national standard,” she said. “The amount of work that has been undertaken over the past two years, and the action plan for implementation that has been supported and put into place by numerous sectors of the Indonesian government, sends a very clear message that the health and safety of Indonesia’s citizens through the delivery of clean water is of the utmost priority. It has been one of the most encouraging projects to work on to see a plan into action so quickly, and IAPMO remains encouraged and eager to dedicate expert resources to ensure the program’s goals are exceeded.”

IAPMO, BSN, and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing will conduct a joint event to “train the trainers” and further disseminate the new standard to relevant stakeholders Nov. 24-26 in Jakarta.

“That is our first plan, to do by the end of this year,” Supriyatna said. “Then after that we have to see how this standard will be implemented. But first we have to allow all of the relevant stakeholders to get to know this standard. That is the first step.”

The delegation’s visit to the United States, as well as educational events such as the one planned in November, will serve as valuable tools in the effort to increase awareness and implementation of the standard, whose primary goal is to create improved access to clean water and safe sanitation throughout Indonesia.