Two members of the World Plumbing Council have agreed upon a comprehensive plan to work together. The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) have put a number of agreements to work together to establish a model code of plumbing installation and maintenance for all of India. IPA President Sudhakaran Nair informed the assembled World Plumbing Council, “The IPA and IAPMO have completed the Uniform Plumbing Code-India, and it will be introduced to all of India at the IPA Annual Meeting, 11-13 February, 2008, in the City of Mumbai.” “It will truly be a world class event, including an ISH Exhibition, and I invite everyone to attend this important event,” he continued.
Over a period of little more than a year an IPA Code Committee worked with IAPMO staff in creating a document that recognized and utilized proven international concepts, always taking into consideration the proven plumbing practices and customs within India. The Uniform Plumbing Code – India is the result of that diligent effort. “I am very proud that IAPMO and I are associated with the IPA and the Uniform Plumbing Code – India,” stated Russ Chaney, IAPMO Executive Director, further noting, “it was a massive effort for everyone involved but the commitment in both time and knowledge by the Code Committee and the leadership of IPA has resulted in an extensive code of plumbing practice that will serve the people of India for years to come.”
Comprehensive Plumbing Education Program in India
The Indian Plumbing Association (IPA), Indian Institute of Plumbing (IIP) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have formed a partnership agreement to provide plumbing training and education throughout India. The agreement identifies four distinct target markets: Existing and emerging Engineers, Plumbing Project Managers/Supervisors, basic Plumbing Apprenticeship and task training certification of labor skills. A joint Committee of the organizations has been appointed and is currently working on the curriculum for each of the four components of the project and development of the training and educational materials.
IIP, IPA and IAPMO during the Annual Meeting of IPA, 11-13 February 2008 in Mumbai, India will formally introduce the project to the membership and public.
IAPMO India Corporation Approved
The Government of India has approved the establishment of a new Corporation in India: IAPMO Plumbing Codes and Standards India Private Limited, to be known as IAPMO India. “I am most pleased that the Corporation has been approved,” stated IAPMO Executive Director GP Russ Chaney, “given the level of involvement of IAPMO with the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) in publishing and promoting the Uniform Plumbing Code – India and with the Indian Institute of Plumbing (IIP) and IPA in providing training and education throughout India, the establishment of IAPMO India is important.” “It is absolutely the best way to achieve our goals and objectives in working with these two dedicated organizations,” he continued.
Chaney went on to announce the opening of a new IAPMO India Corporate office, located in the City of Bangalore, India. In making the announcement he noted, “An Architect has already been retained and the design of the IAPMO India offices has begun.” “This office will provide major efficiencies in conducting the code work and training and education throughout India, and I anticipate it will grow in focus in coming years to manage the increasing opportunities of IAPMO to work with surrounding Countries in Asia.”