By John Nussbaum IPP, FASSE/FASPE
It is said that the plumber protects the health of the nation. Here in Southeastern Michigan it begins with safeguarding our potable water supply from waterborne and transmitted diseases as well as separating the potable water supply systems from waste and contamination. Thus you have two or more separate engineered systems. This is accomplished by the combined efforts of an educated and skilled plumbing industry. It begins with the design professionals who are Mechanical and Plumbing Engineers, Contractors, Licensed Master and Journeymen Plumbers, manufacturers of materials used in plumbing, local state and national regulatory people consisting of plan reviewers and code enforcement plumbing inspectors. Regulatory personnel may be college educated or in many cases come from the plumbing, mechanical or electrical trade.