World Water Awareness

In-Person and Virtual Events

Join the International Code Council and water experts from around the world for both in-person and virtual events covering a wide range of water conservation-related topics. Don’t wait, space is limited – click the “Register Now” button below each event to learn more and register.

In-Person Events

Standards Save:
A Water Conservation Summit

Updated Start Time: Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. ET
National Press Club
529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

Join the International Code Council and water experts at the National Press Club for “Standards Save: A Water Conservation Summit”. The Code Council will release findings of a new University of Miami study examining the critical need for the rapid adoption of modern, updated water conservation standards.

Unable to attend in person? Watch the event live using the link below.


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Zach Schafer, Senior Advisor, EPA Office of Water

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Maureen M. Holman Esq., Vice President, Shared Services, DC Water

Roque Sánchez, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Reclamation

Andrew Williams, Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife

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Carolyn Berndt, Legislative Director, Sustainability, National League of Cities

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Dominic Sims, CEO, International Code Council

Report Presentation

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Dr. Esber Andiroglu, Dept. of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and School of Architecture, University of Miami

Virtual Events

Webinar: Increasing Sustainability and Community Resilience Through Water Reuse

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
1:00 pm ET

This ICC Learn Live event will explore water reuse in the built environment. Industry experts and Code Council partners such as the EPA, National Blue-Ribbon Commission and manufacturers of onsite water reuse systems will present on behalf of their organizations and the PMG Code Action Committee (CAC) Water Reuse Working Group. Attendees will learn and gain insight into industry innovations and a preview of the PMG CAC Water Reuse proposals for the 2027 International Plumbing Code® and International Residential Code®.

  • NBRC efforts to bring water reuse as a viable option for sustainability and conservation.
  • EPA’s Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), precisely action 2.18.
  • WateReuse trade association updates on laws, policy, funding, and public acceptance of recycled water.
  • PMG CAC Water Reuse working group's effort to expand onsite water reuse in the built environment.

Speaker: Rich Anderson (ICC-PMG Host)

Panelists: Paula Kehoe, NBRC; Sharron Nappier, EPA; Pat Sinicropi, WateReuse; Adam Stern, Natural Systems Utilities and PMG CAC Water Reuse working group; Rich Anderson, ICC (host).

Webinar: Why is Pipe Sizing Important?

Monday, March 4, 2024
12:30 pm ET

This ICC Learn Live event will be a hybrid presentation on the history of plumbing, the various methods of pipe sizing for supply, drain & vent systems, a brief summary of the research aspect and the development of ICC 815: Standard for Sizing Water Distribution, Sanitary Drainage and Vent Piping Systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • History of Pipe Sizing
  • Factors Driving the Need for Pipe Sizing
  • Unintended Consequences of Modern Flow Rates
  • Current Pipe Sizing Methods
  • Intro to ICC 815 Standard

Speakers: Ramiro Mata and Lisa Reiheld (ICC-PMG Hosts)

Panelists: John Lansing (Plumbing Design Engineer), Gary Klein (815 Chair), Esber Andiroglu (University of Miami)

Webinar: Global Pipe-Sizing Collaboration

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
4:00 am ET

This ICC Learn Live event will feature speakers from Australia, Germany, New Zealand and the United States who participate on the ICC 815 committee. Each speaker will provide an overview of the different pipe-sizing methods and the research undertaken in their regions which is being used to inform ICC 815 Standard for Sizing Water Distribution, Sanitary Drainage and Vent Piping Systems.

Speakers: Tom Roberts (ICC-PMG Host)

Panelists: Tom Wise (Australia), Gary Klein (USA), Frank Schmidt (Germany) and Ross Wakefield (New Zealand).

Mark Your Calendar

World Plumbing Day

March 11

World Plumbing Day is an international event observed on March 11 each year. It was established by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) to recognize the importance of plumbing in modern society and to raise awareness about the role of plumbing in promoting public health and environmental sustainability. The day aims to highlight the crucial role that plumbing plays in ensuring access to clean and safe water, proper sanitation, and hygiene.

World Water Day

March 22

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22, since 1993. It is designated by the United Nations (UN) to focus attention on the global water crisis impacting 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water, and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about water scarcity, water pollution and the need for access to clean and safe water for all.