Want free CEUs for your CPD recertification?
ASPE’s Read, Learn, Earn continuing education program is free for ASPE members. Just read the article, take the short quiz, and earn instant CEU credit for your CPD recertification next spring.
New sustainability standards are available for public review
The public comment period for WQA/ASPE S-801: Sustainable Management ends tomorrow, July 11. ASPE also seeks comments on WQA/ASPE S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems, which will be accepted through July 30, 2014. You can download the drafts and comment forms here.
ASPE congratulates the latest UCLA Extension Plumbing Systems Design graduates
The sequential Plumbing Systems Design program, offered by UCLA Extension in collaboration with ASPE, started in September 2013 and ended on June 19, 2014. The program consists of three quarters of University classes, and each quarter has 12 sessions. Students are required to study the assigned codebooks and plumbing design books, participate during lectures, and pass weekly tests and a final test for each quarter. Students from numerous states were able to participate, since the courses were offered entirely online. The graduates are Sofia Ayala (Alhambra, CA), Will Chester (Hopkinsville, KY), Hu Dee Saw (Monrovia, CA), Keith Enstrom (Chicago), Jeremy Hassman (Cincinnati), Mathew Houston (Cincinnati), Christopher Maskawa (Exeter, NH), Christopher Kinard (Houston), Bran Murphy (Fresno, CA), Naw Myo (Burbank, CA), Timothy Parrett (Cincinnati), Louis Pauly (Cincinnati), Ronald Sabillo (Sherman Oaks, CA), Keith Savary (Chapel Hill, NC), and Xiang Zhang (Los Angeles). This program leads to the certificate in Advanced Plumbing Systems Design offered by UCLA Extension and ASPE.
ASPE seeks technical articles for the new ASPE Journal
ASPE’s newest member benefit, ASPE Journal, contains thought-provoking articles on technical topics of interest to plumbing engineers. If you would like to contribute an article and start a new conversation among your peers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charter a bus to the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition and save
Chapter officers: if you want to take a bunch of your local members to this year's Convention and Exposition in Chicago in a cost-effective manner, ASPE will help by giving your chapter a $500 stipend toward the cost of chartering a bus. Learn how to take advantage of this offer here.
Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet. Only one answer sheet per chapter will be accepted! July 10 question: What year was your chapter chartered?
Is Detroit abusing a human right by shutting off water service?
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department recently sent 46,000 shutoff notices to customers who were more than two months behind on their payments or had balances of more than $150 overdue, and shutoffs have totaled about 4,500 to date. A coalition of welfare rights groups is calling this “a massive human rights atrocity” and has appealed to the UN for help. More>>
Wastewater injections linked to increase in earthquakes
The significant increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma since 2009 could be attributed to subsurface wastewater injection at a handful of disposal wells, and four of the highest-volume disposal wells in Oklahoma could have triggered almost 20 percent of recent central U.S. earthquakes in a 2,000-square-kilometer area, according to a new study by Cornell University researchers.
Fresno farmers ignore the smell to take advantage of free water
About 10 percent of the 60 million gallons of raw sewage that are treated every day at the Fresno-Clovis (California) Wastewater Treatment plant is sent to neighboring farmers who use it to irrigate nonedible crops such as cotton and sorghum, according to ABC 30.
Aging employees beat aging infrastructure as a key challenge for the water industry
86 percent of participants in the 2014 Water Industry Outlook said that the water industry will be significantly affected in the near future by the aging and approaching retirement of key employees in both managerial and plant worker positions, while only 7 percent predicted that their mains would last less than 10 years.
Wastewater treatment helps lower U.S. river acidity levels
A new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey has found significantly decreased acidity levels in several large rivers in the United States since 1945, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest, due in part to greater regulation of industrial emissions and waste treatment. More>>
Design-build gains increased acceptance
More than half of projects more than $10 million in the United States are being completed through design-build project delivery, and design-build accounts for approximately 40 percent of the nonresidential construction market, according to a new report by the Design-Build Institute of America.
Standard 90.1 user manual is now available
ASHRAE and IES have published a User's Manual to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings to help minimize the multiple interpretations of the standard that might occur. More>>
New sustainable landscapes rating system launched
The SITES v2 Rating System provides a set of best practices, performance benchmarks, and tools for creating and evaluating sustainable landscapes that reduce water demand, filter and reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce energy consumption.
Free CALGreen commissioning webinar being held July 24
ICC and the California Building Standards Commission are offering this webinar to help participants understand the commissioning requirements in the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) and the California Energy Code.
What’s the zeroth law of thermodynamics? Find out in ASHRAE's new free dictionary
ASHRAE Terminology is a comprehensive online glossary of more than 3,700 terms related to the built environment. It is searchable by letter or specific terms.
New book explores the personal side of building inspection
Inspector Skills, a new ICC publication, addresses the non-technical soft skills necessary for code inspectors, including decision making, problem solving, professionalism, integrity, honesty, and time management. More>>