About IWSH

Our Mission and Vision

Changing Lives Through Plumbing

Most people take safe water and basic indoor plumbing for granted. But a substantial water access gap exists, largely impacting historically underserved and under-resourced low-income and indigenous communities:

  • Nearly half the world’s population lacks access to safely managed sanitation.
  • 2 billion people globally lack access to safely managed drinking water
  • 2.2 million people in the U.S. live without running water or proper sanitation.

As the non-profit foundation of The IAPMO Group, IWSH leverages the industry-leading plumbing expertise of IAPMO to solve the most difficult water and sanitation challenges.

Our work is rooted in a simple truth: clean drinking water and safe sanitation are basic human rights.

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Become an IWSH volunteer.

IWSH depends on skilled and dedicated volunteers to help provide safe water and sanitation services wherever people are in need. We work hand-in-hand with local community partners and stakeholders to create life-changing experiences for all involved.

We want to hear from: Skilled tradespeople technical experts, trainers and instructors open-minded, hard-working and committed volunteers.

Our Board

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Ed Gormley (chair)

Ed Gormley is owner and president of Gormley Plumbing & Heating, his family’s four-generation-old business based in McMinnville, Ore. Ed is president of the Plumbing Mechanical Contractors Association of Oregon, a trustee and chairman of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local No. 290 Trust Funds, and a trustee of Local No. 290’s Apprentice and Training Committee.

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Gary Hile 

Gary Hile is a Certified Plumbing Inspector (IAPMO), a Certified Mechanical Inspector (IAPMO and ICC), a Certified Medical Gas Inspector (PIPE), a Certified Backflow Assembly Tester for the Municipality of Anchorage, and a Certified Backflow Assembly Instructor through the University of Florida. Gary's grandfather, father, and brother were all members of the plumbing profession. 

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Ken Borski

Ken Borski is division manager, plumbing inspections, for the city of Houston, a post he’s held since March 2014. Kenneth has been with the city for 25 years, beginning as a plumbing inspector. A member of Local Union 68 since 1980, Kenneth graduated from the Local 68 Apprentice School and has been a journeyman plumber since 1983.

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Jordan Krahenbuhl

Jordan K Krahenbuhl is the Executive Director of the Nevada PHCC. Jordan is retired from the Clark County Building Department, where he was an Inspector and Plans Examiner.  He is a journeyman/master plumber following a grandfather, father, and 3 older brothers into the trade.

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Ian Longacre

Ian Longacre is a plumbing and mechanical inspector with the city of Santa Fe, N.M., a residential building inspector, a residential and commercial building plans examiner, a member of UA local 412, and Chairman of the IAPMO New Mexico chapter since 2016.

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Dave Viola

David Viola is the CEO for IAPMO and serves as chair of the World Plumbing Council. The son of a plumber who pursued a career in mechanical engineering, Dave has more than 25 years of senior management experience within the plumbing and mechanical industry.

Support IWSH by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Our efforts across the globe are only made possible by generous donations and contributions from passionate water, sanitation, and hygiene champions ... like you!

Common donation amounts: $25 $50 $100 $250 $500 $1,000

Our Team

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Sean Kearney

Managing Director

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Robyn Fischer

Senior Director, North America

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Grant Stewart

Program Director, International

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Jed Scheuermann

Program Director, North America

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Randy Lorge

Program Director, North America