The public health community acknowledges that clean, drinkable water has likely protected more lives and extended life expectancy more than any medical advancement. The plumbing industry has played an important role in this achievement by protecting water resources from waterborne pathogens and contaminants quite effectively over the past several decades. The industry’s diligence has sharply reduced the incidence of illnesses that were quite common in the early part of the 20th century and that still afflict individuals in underdeveloped countries.
PMI members donated plumbing products to residents in Flint, Michigan, as part of a volunteer relief effort after a series of unfortunate decisions by local officials resulted in a public health crisis. PMI also works in partnership with allies and researchers to monitor the unintended consequences of lowered flow rates and other changes to water systems.
PMI also has advocated for solutions to health and safety hazards that arise in wet-bathroom environments, such as scalding and slipping. This advocacy has led to product innovations that protect individuals of all ages and enable individuals with diminishing physical capabilities to use the bathroom independently and always with dignity.