The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and the American Backflow Prevention Association have signed an agreement that they will share the common goal of “protecting the public’s drinking water from pollution and contamination occurring from possible cross contaminations.”

IAPMO board member Gary Hile formally presented the signed memorandum to backflow association President Richard Koenig April 30 at the annual ABPA conference in Reno, Nev.

The overall goal of the partnership is to establish a dialogue between the two organizations and demonstrate a willingness to work together in promoting their shared goals in the areas of safe drinking water and public safety.

“I was honored to present the memorandum of understanding to the ABPA,” said Hile. “They are a distinguished organization with many notable contributions to the plumbing industry. I look forward to the continued professional relationship between IAPMO and ABPA.”

The memorandum was signed by IAPMO President Ron Rice, IAPMO Executive Director Russ Chaney, Koenig, and ABPA external affairs committee chairman Ron Chapman.