During the 1880s, the transition from outhouses to indoor plumbing was moving at a rapid pace, starting with better homes and commercial buildings. The burgeoning market for indoor plumbing spurred some gasfitters and other metal workers to specialize in this work. The true craftsmen sought ways to distinguish those who knew what they were doing from those who didn’t. In 1882, a group of these new tradesmen in New York City banded together to form the Master Plumbers Association of New York. Shortly afterward, a like-minded group joined forces in Brooklyn. In 1883, the 125 members of the New York group formed the National Association of Master Plumbers (NAMP) to provide the public with a complete, safe and sanitary plumbing system. NAMP was the forerunner of the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (NAPHCC) which is the professional trade group today as we know it.
The motto of this group of Plumbers became “The Plumber Protects the Health of the Nation” which is still our motto today even more than ever given the growing concerns over drinking water safety in this country.
Ccontaminated drinking water from public water purveyors is back in the news again. According to the EPA high levels of lead are found in several areas around the country according to a recent USA Today Report. This is not only happening in Flint Michigan or Winchester Virginia but mostly where you have poor, disenfranchised people with little or no representation and in smaller communities. Further information can be found at the following link for the EPA.
Wwhether or not you agree this is becoming an epidemic which requires the skills of professional plumbers to solve. Not your everyday home improvement contractor. Hundreds of thousands of old and outed lead water lines need to be replaced. The reason is the leeching of lead into drinking water from chemicals added to the water at the treatment facilities during sterilization. Most sterilization today is done with ammonium chloride which is cheaper than chlorine gas. The chemicals slightly lower the pH of the water allowing this process to take place.
For more information on the Flint crisis read the following link. If you need a professional opinion about your water supply in your house or a free water test please contact us. Remember the health and safety of your house, your family, neighborhood and this nation belongs in the hands of licensed competent plumbers.