Plumbers and Fitters Union Local 675
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Kaua'i County Council Votes to Improve Conservation Standards and Flexibility of Plumbing Code

The Union's Government Affairs and Public Relations Director, Kika Bukoski, worked diligently with the County Council of Kaua'i and was instrumental in the passage of Bill 2612 Draft 1. The County Council of Kaua'i recently passed the bill adopting the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code with amendments, updating the plumbing code to provide the County of Kaua'i and its residents improved standards for water resource use, conservation, and efficiencies, and allowing the County, developers, contractors and homeowners with the flexibility to employ alternate methods, materials, or engineered designs to achieve additional cost savings that may be available.

Most importantly to Kaua'i residents, as we continue to explore ways to address our state's ongoing housing crisis, Bill 2612 supports Kaua'i Mayor Kawakami's initiative and goal to provide additional and truly affordable housing options for the people of Kaua'i. Bill 2612 became law on Aug. 29, 2019.

The Uniform Plumbing Code contained in Bill 2612 was first adopted by the Kaua'i County Board of Supervisors in 1965 and has served the people of Kaua'i for nearly 55 years. As one of the oldest chartered labor organizations in Hawaii, Local 675 has been and remains committed to providing the people of Kaua'i County, and the state for that matter, with not only a highly-skilled workforce of dulylicensed plumbers and pipefitters, but with the opportunity for its residents and future workforce to pursue economic stability, selfsufficiency and an improved quality of life. Through Local 675's apprenticeship and journeyman training program, those interested can earn a living wage.

Congratulations to the members of the Committee on Public Works and Veteran Affairs, and to the members of the County Council and the Mayor's office for their hard work over the years, willingness and due diligence to keep the discussion on Bill 2612 alive, and for their commitment to the community of Kaua'i. Bill 2612 provides a plumbing code that is flexible, answers the County's call for improved sustainability and resiliency standards, upholds the integrity of Hawaii's code adoption process, and continues to put the interest of the public's health, safety and welfare before all else.

Plumbers & Fitters UA Local Union 675 - 1109 Bethel Street, Lower Level - Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2218 - Tel: 808-536-5454 - FAX: 808-528-2629