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EPA Launches Finance Center to Improve Community Water Infrastructure and Resiliency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center today to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change. The center was announced as Vice President Biden and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy toured the construction site for a tunnel to reduce sewer overflows into the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. by 98 percent. The center is part of the White House Build America Investment Initiative – a government-wide effort to increase infrastructure investment and promote economic growth by creating opportunities for state and local governments and the private sector to collaborate, expand public-private partnerships, and increase the use of federal credit programs.

PMI Welcomes Its Newest Manufacturing Member

PMI is proud to welcome our newest manufacturing member, Similor AG. A leading manufacturer of taps in Switzerland, Similor AG produces exclusive Arwa, Similor Kugler, Sanimatic, and Laufen brand taps for washbasins, bidets, bathtubs and showers that are sold all over the world.

Strength in Numbers: The Power of our Association

Late last year, PMI Association Manager Jodi Stuhrberg and I were invited to attend, as guests, the annual conference of the Irrigation Association (IA). With ‘water’ as our common focus, the similarities and synergies between our two organizations are many. Like PMI, the IA is working to reinforce its position as a reliable resource and industry partner. I had the opportunity to share some of our strategies as well as the collection of collateral recently developed to tell our story.

Maximizing Momentum and Moving Forward into the New Year

Momentum is defined as the impetus gained by a moving body. As a trade association, PMI reflects this concept. Brainstorming, strategic planning and deliverables in 2014 were brought about not only by member input and participation but by a diligent effort from key individuals within the organization and bolstered by an experienced and dedicated network of consultants.

PMI Mourns the Loss of a Friend and Member

It is with great sadness that we share the tragic news that Michael Salek, Fluidmaster Engineering Director, passed away suddenly in a motorcycle accident this past Wednesday. A valuable member of the Fluidmaster family since May of 2011, Michael participated in a number of PMI conferences and technical discussions. Previously with Hunter Industries and Rain Bird Corporation and living near San Diego, Michael will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

PHC News Features Q&A with PMI CEO, Executive Director

The Plumbing Manufacturers International Conference is meeting in Chicago on October 27-30. With the group preparing to discuss the latest issues, technology and trends impacting the plumbing industry, Plumbing Engineer took a moment to chat with PMI CEO/Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens.

Higgens shared what’s new with PMI and what to expect for this year’s convention.