NSF International and ASPE will work together to support plumbing professionals to benefit public health, sustainability and a safer environment.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and ROSEMONT, Ill. – Global public health organization NSF International and professional organization American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to advance and promote public health and sustainability initiatives for the plumbing industry. This agreement focuses on sound plumbing and engineering practices and will utilize the expertise of both organizations to strengthen current and future projects.

Under the MOU, NSF International and ASPE will work cooperatively to leverage their resources to support the plumbing industry and regulators by jointly promoting education programs, conferences, publications, standards, and new products and services. The agreement will continue the advancement of safe drinking water through research and development and, as opportunities arise, the introduction of new standards and codes.

“NSF International is committed to continued advancement in the science and technology of safe drinking water through code and standard research and development as well as sound plumbing practices,” said Dave Purkiss, General Manager of NSF International’s Plumbing Division. “With the expertise and knowledge of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and NSF International, we will continue to advance education, sustainability initiatives and technology within the plumbing industry.”

In 2013, NSF International co-sponsored the first American National Standard for the design of rainwater harvesting systems, ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems, which ASPE developed with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.
NSF International led the development of the American National Standards for all chemicals used to treat drinking water and materials/products coming into contact with drinking water. Certification to these standards ensure products do not leach harmful levels of contaminants into water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, most plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings.

The plumbing industry is familiar with NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components as the nationally-recognized health effects standard for all devices, components and materials that come in contact with drinking water. Recognized by regulatory agencies at the local, state, federal and international level, the NSF certification mark means that the product complies with all standard requirements.

“At the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, we are committed to serving our membership and industry in continuing to build quality relationships with our industry partners,” said William “Billy” Smith, FASPE, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers’ Executive Director and CEO. “This agreement with NSF International represents our dedication to promoting education that imparts the importance of innovation and sustainability. Through our respective expertise, APSE and NSF International will be able to expand additional opportunities to advance our mutual goals relative to water conservation and the delivery of safe drinking water internationally.”

ASPE is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. The Society is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, the professional growth and advancement of its members, and the health, welfare and safety of the public.

Editor’s Note: For media interested in more information or to schedule an interview with Dave Purkiss, General Manager of the NSF International Plumbing Division, please contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media@nsf.org or +1 734-418-6624.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

NSF’s global water services include testing, certification and auditing for municipal water treatment components and chemicals, plastic piping systems, plumbing fixtures and fittings, point-of-use and point-of-entry water systems and filters.

About the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE): Founded in 1964, ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,000 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers. For more information, visit aspe.org.