Ontario, Calif. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) Green Plumbers Training program and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Fairfield, Maine, are teaming up to fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/WaterSense Fix a Leak Week March 18-24.
Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. According to the EPA’s WaterSense program, “Approximately 6 percent of total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S. takes place in educational facilities such as schools, universities, museums and libraries. The largest uses of water in educational facilities are restrooms, landscaping, heating and cooling, and cafeteria kitchens.”
KVCC’s innovative Energy Services and Technology Center began offering a new program in August 2012 that offers a dynamic and multi-faceted approach to trades-based education. The Energy Services and Technology Associate in Applied Science degree is a first-of-its-kind program in Maine, offering training in plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, solid fuel, solar heating and cooling, geothermal and the Green Plumbers family of courses in one two-year program. Upon completion of the EST program, students will be eligible to pursue four state of Maine licensure opportunities in plumbing, oil burner, solid fuel, propane and natural gas, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Refrigeration Certification. Students are also trained on conservation methods and are eligible to pursue the IAPMO Green Plumbers certification.
For more information on WaterSense or Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.