Get the Lead Out Consortium
At the invitation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation, the American Society of Plumbing Engineer (ASPE) joined numerous plumbing manufacturers and industry associations at the kickoff meeting of a consortium assembled to develop strategies to alert and prepare industry constituents for upcoming changes in the allowable level of lead in plumbing products.
The mission of the Consortium is to provide widespread education about the manufacture, distribution, and installation of lead-free* plumbing products.
*Lead-free refers to the wetted surface of pipe, fittings, and fixtures in potable water systems that have a weighted average lead content less than or equal to 0.25 percent per the Safe Drinking Water Act (Sec. 1417) amended 1-4-2011 and other equivalent state regulations.
The Drainline Transport of Solid Waste in Buildings
The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) is pleased to announce that its long-anticipated study is now available.
Assessing the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Industrial Water Use Efficiency within the Great Lakes Region
The Alliance for Water Efficiency, with funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, assessed five representative industries within the Great Lakes watershed that are supplied with treated drinking water and that discharge to a local wastewater utility and found significant opportunities for water savings in each of the industrial sites assessed.
International Emerging Technology Symposium
Watch all of the presentations delivered during this event, May 1-2, 2012, in Washington, D.C., at IAPMO’s YouTube page, including the panel discussion on Legionella control moderated by ASPE's Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE.
Understanding Potential Water Heater Scald Hazards
Written by the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) Scald Awareness Task Group, this white paper focuses on the general misconception that the water hear thermostatic control is capable of delivering a consistent and safe water temperature without further temperature-control downstream of the water heater outlet.
ASPE Pipeline Articles
Does the industry need two rainwater catchment systems standards?
A recent article by Contractor magazine Editor-in-Chief Robert Mader explores the issue of two potentially competing American National Standards for rainwater catchment systems being developed by ASPE, ARCSA, IAMPO, and ICC. While the article surmises that two might be better than one, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, CAE, MPH, proposes cooperation as the better solution in his letter to the editor.
Social Media: The Rules of the Online Game, Part 2
In this follow-up to his column in the January/February 2012 issue of PS&D, David Lynam explains what employees should know about the line between their work lives and personal lives in the context of social media and the recent U.S. National Labor Relations Board’s Report on Guidelines for Social Media.
Vacuum Plumbing: A New Direction in Patient Room Design and Construction
In this basic design guide, Bruce Blanchart, owner of Yardley Pump and Vacuum Inc., explains how vacuum drainage systems allow flexibility in patient room layout and design by using vacuum to transport wastewater through the drainage piping network before discharge to the sanitary waste main.
This article in The Norwood Record, distributed in Norwood, Westwood, and Walpole, Massachusetts, highlights the ongoing debate over the lack of plumbing engineering licensing in the state, using as an example a new high school that the paper found was built using plumbing documents that were not designed or stamped by a plumbing engineer.