'Piecemeal' State Laws Rapped by PMI

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Schaumburg, IL — The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, while supporting “thoughtful efforts to increase water efficiency,” has come out in opposition to what the trade association termed as a possible “piecemeal, state-by-state approach” to water conservation in the future.

The PMI took its stand at the association’s recent spring meeting, in reaction to proposed legislation in California that calls for a reduction in flow in toilets and urinals. The legislation, according to PMI president Claude Theisen, “would establish California as the only state in the nation with such a toilet and urinal standard.

“Revising state law would create regulatory disarray where national uniformity exists today,” Theisen said, noting that the Energy Policy Act of 1992 is specifically designed to establish a uniform federal standard for flush volumes. That standard is currently 1.6 gallons per flush for toilets.

“Inconsistent state laws” such as the California legislation, which is currently under consideration, “would create confusion in the marketplace and severely restrict manufacturers from focusing on efforts to improve products to conform to a single national standard,” Theisen said. “We prefer a nationwide standard that harmonizes product performance requirements and allows for performance testing to assure that toilets and urinals with reduced flush volumes will operate successfully,” he added.

The PMI, based here, is the trade association representing manufacturers of plumbing products, including many suppliers to the kitchen and bath trade.