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  • 08.25.14
    PMI Develops History of Plumbing Timeline

    PMI has put together a timeline of facts about our industry. The resulting graphic shows the progression of plumbing from its inception in ancient civilizations to modern day.

  • 03.27.13
    Water ETFs to Play Infrastructure Needs

    Water is reaching super-commodity status as it is always in demand and we rely upon a constant supply. As water infrastructure systems continue to age, the case for a water-focused exchange traded fund gets stronger, within a properly diversified portfolio.

  • 01.11.13
    Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect

    Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles.

    According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use.

  • 12.14.12
    7 ways to conserve water in San Diego

    As any San Diego homeowners or residents are well aware, Southern California isn’t exactly overflowing with fresh water. With low rain totals and few bodies of fresh water, we San Diegans, as well as our neighbors in Orange County and Los Angeles County, need to work together to save water.

    Here are seven ways you can cut down on your water consumption!

  • 12.14.12
    Water Wise: Looking for that unique Christmas gift? Think water!

    Give yourself or help someone get from $100 to $2,000 for saving water. Many local organizations offer rebates for residents and businesses in the Sierra Vista Subwatershed.

  • 12.05.12
    ‘Last Call’ movie argues a water crisis has arrived

    A water crisis is here, argue the makers of a documentary shown in Bay City last week. “Last Call at the Oasis” was inspired by the book “The Ripple Effect” by Alex Prud’homme and released in 2011. The film paints a dark picture of the state of water quality around the world. According to the film, half the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with waterborne diseases. Of all the water on earth, less than 1 percent is fresh and available to drink, and 1 billion people are without access to safe drinking water.

  • 12.05.12
    Water conservation is vital

    With this year's terrible drought plaguing many parts of the country, area residents are reminded that water conservation starts at home and proper applications can save home owners hundreds of dollars and thousands of gallons of water each year simply by following any and all water conservation tips.

  • 11.14.12
    Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium Highlight Impact of the Lead Free Law

    Members of the newly-formed Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium met on Nov. 9, 2012 with media representatives to highlight how the group is working together to explain the impact of the national “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” on the plumbing industry. 

  • 07.21.11
    PMI Praises California’s Lead Testing Results

    Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) members' products successfully passed the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC)'s first testing for reduced lead content in drinking water faucets, pipes and pipefittings. Read the news release by clicking here.

  • 06.01.11
    PMI presents Legislator of the Year Awards to supporters of Reduction of Lead in Water Act

    Members of the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) Executive Committee and PMI Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens traveled to Washington, D.C., to present Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) and Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) with the Legislator of the Year awards. These elected officials were recognized for their leadership and support of the PMI-supported Reduction of Lead in Water Act signed into law Jan. 4 by President Barack Obama (P.L.111-380). The bill harmonizes the 0.25% maximum lead content of plumbing products and provides a 36-month implementation period.

  • 05.02.11
    Where UNICEF’s money goes

    All the funds raised through the UNICEF Tap Project has gone toward UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Since 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $2.5 million for water and sanitation programs for children in Belize, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Togo and Vietnam. UNICEF is committed to finding cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions to all child survival threats, including those connected to water and sanitation. Read stories about how UNICEF has helped children gain access to lifesaving clean water and sanitation.

  • 04.29.11
    Prevent Costly Water Bills This Summer

    A quick fix or minor update can prevent large water bills and wastage in the summer. In spite of increased snow pack and total precipitation in the Cheyenne, Wyo., the Board of Public Utilities advocates water conservation techniques for its residents. They are asking residents to locate leaks in their houses and consider upgrading their plumbing. According to the utility, running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water per home per year. Fixing these leaks will allow residents to lower their water bills and conserve the precious resource. Click here for tips on how to locate leaks and conserve water.

  • 04.25.11
    Water for the Ages

    How much water is used to create the foods we eat? If you are serious about water conservation, you may look to your diet for changes. As it takes more water to grow a cow than to grow corn, for example, the diets consisting of fresh vegetables and fruits use far less water than a carnivore diet. Visit "Water for the Ages" to check your water footprint and review a list of water totals for food.

  • 04.18.11
    CA encourages residents to Be Water Wise

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California shares a video with its Top Ten Tips for Saving Water. Other tips and tools for saving water - indoors and outdoors - also are listed on its website.

  • 04.15.11
    Fast food restaurant turns green

    A quick service restaurant chain that specializes in chicken menus is now going to the greener side of the food industry. The Chick-fil-A location in Fort Worth, Texas, is seeking a LEED certification from the U.S Green Building Council. Green features in the location include storm water collection for landscape irrigation, low-flow plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchen, and energy-efficient light system with light sensors. The fast food restaurant could save up to 14% on electric costs and 40% on water. Click here for more on the project.

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