Our country needs us

Access to clean water is a basic necessity for human life. The key word there is access. Treated water doesn’t magically fall from shower heads. Filtered water doesn’t naturally flow out of refrigerators. There are systems, technologies, products and people that make it happen.

Yet, your buddy may not know what Hunter’s Curve is, and your mom probably doesn’t know who manufactured the toilet she uses every day. Instances like the current Flint, Michigan water crisis make the work that you do every day tangible for those outside of our bubble.

At this point, nearly every American knows there is a problem with Flint’s plumbing. And, as the authoritative source for plumbing, hydronics, fire protection and PVF, we want to start presenting solutions.

How perfect, then, is it that our March issue looks at plumbing design in the area of health care. Beginning on page 64, you will find a series of features that explore the dos and don'ts of plumbing engineering for the places people go to get better.

In addition to our health care spotlight, this issue includes robust coverage of the Flint water crisis. Plumbing Engineer’s Steve Smith, Sarah Cimarusti and Danielle Galian recently traveled to Flint to volunteer at the American Red Cross and donate to Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope. While there, Sarah also met with an expert from the University of Michigan, Flint to discuss next steps for the city, including GIS mapping. The story is a must-read on page 60. You can also find a legislative update on the crisis in Ron George’s column, and a look at how the crisis connects to infrastructure issues across the country in Steve Smith’s column. And, to bring things full circle, on page 56, I shed light on plumbing innovations yet to be realized stateside through a look at global manufacturing.

As fired up as the Plumbing Engineer team is about the impact that our industry could have on plumbing through this current event, we are just vessels for the stories. You are the characters. Especially in this narrative that requires plumbing redesign of an entire city. Help us burst the bubble and shed light on the power of what we, as an industry, do.

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