Plumbing News Roundup: September 2022 | Terrys Plumbing

Plumbing News Roundup: September 2022

The plumbing industry is constantly evolving. This month flint is moving to the “final phase” of the lead pipe replacement program, InventHelp developed a water heater base to prevent drip pan overflow, and Washburn Tech introduces a new plumbing program. Keep on reading our news roundup for more details.

Flint Moving To “Final Phase” Of Lead Pipe Replacement Program

The clock for Flint’s lead pipe replacement program is ticking. During the city’s water crisis, aging pipes damaged by improperly treated water leaked into Flint’s drinking water. Since 2016, the city says it has inspected 27,133 utility lines and replaced 10,059 lead and galvanized lines through mid-July.

Last month, the city approved a $17 million contract to replace more than 400 lead pipes and complete 8,500 restorations. The city said this “final phase” of lead line replacement should be complete by the end of the year.

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InventHelp Inventor Develops a new Water Heater Base

The invention provides an improved base for a water heater. This allows for additional water capacity in the sump. As a result, it helps prevent water overflow and damage and adds extra security. The invention features a practical design that is easy to use, making it ideal for installers and homeowners alike. Additionally, a prototype/model is available upon request.

The original design was submitted to the InventHelp sales office and it’s currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, contact us at (412) 288-1300 extension. 1368. or go to

Washburn Tech Introduces a New Plumbing Program

The Washburn Institute of Technology is always looking for ways to help the community. The institution started the autumn semester with 22 students in the new Sanitary Engineering course. This program will help with the decline in plumbers, give students a job once they finish the program, and also complete their technical certificate offerings for the community.

This education-based program is 30 credit hours, meaning students work with companies to explore the customer service side of their careers. This will also help students gain confidence in the industry and receive hands-on training outside of the classroom. While participating in this program, students will do a lot of math and 80% of the classes will be labs. This program teaches international plumbing codes, domestic plumbing, reading and following standards, technical literacy, and many troubleshooting skills.

Washburn Tech provides students in this program with hands-on in-class and off-campus training. When students complete this program, they likely start out in jobs that pay $16 to $20 an hour. To learn more on how to apply to this program click here.

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