Washington, D.C. (April 19, 2016) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the signing of an agreement between LIUNA and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), the preeminent national education and technical organization offering the accreditation and recognized ANSI standards for rainwater catchment and storm water harvesting:
“The Memorandum of Understanding is the start of a historic partnership between the half-million hard working men and women of LIUNA, who build both the U.S. and Canada, and ARCSA, an organization known for their expertise in helping states and localities harvest water from storm water and rainwater. LIUNA training centers across North America will deliver the ARCSA Accredited Professional Training for contractors and LIUNA members.
The agreement provides a framework for LIUNA members to train as qualified ARCSA rainwater and storm water harvesting system installers; fulfilling a vital need as the nation faces cycles of drought and extreme rainfall events, as well as, drinking water shortages.
LIUNA is proud to be on the forefront with ARCSA in helping develop eco-friendly systems to manage storm water and harvest safe drinking water. This agreement will also work towards a cooperative relationship with the United Association and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.”