ASPE Members: the second-quarter ASPE Board Report is available
You can learn about new initiatives, get updates on ongoing programs, and find out what’s happening in all areas of the Society in the Board of Directors’ quarterly newsletter. (Member login required.)
Raleigh Chapter charter member passes away
Larry Whitford, CET, a charter member of ASPE’s Raleigh Chapter who joined ASPE in 1990, passed away on April 30 of natural causes. You can view his obituary here.
Where can you network with ASPE members this spring?
Product shows and golf outings offer plumbing system designers, engineers, and manufacturer reps the perfect opportunity to network in a casual setting. You can find out what’s happening with local ASPE Chapters at aspe.org/chapterevents.
President Obama signs the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015
On April 30, S. 535 was enacted with the goal of promoting energy efficiency in commercial buildings via a new voluntary energy program within the current Energy Star framework, new regulations for smart grid-enabled water heaters, and benchmarking and public disclosure of energy usage for buildings.
New Jersey governor vetoes residential sprinkler bill
On May 7, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill that would have required sprinkler systems in new one- and two-family homes but has recommended that the bill be modified to allow the state's Department of Community Affairs to amend the Uniform Construction Code to require sprinklers in new townhomes if it deems appropriate. More>>
Despite drought, water startups find few investors
New investments in water and wastewater startups drastically declined 39 percent last year to $358 million, and the number of deals fell by 42 percent to the lowest level since 2009, according to The New York Times.
Federal government changes its fluoride recommendation for the first time in 50 years
The Department of Health and Human Services recently recommended that the fluoride added to drinking water should not exceed 0.7 milligrams per liter. The previous recommendation was 0.7-1.2 milligrams per liter. More>>
Diversification and the need for skilled employees will drive M&A activity this year
Large and mid-size engineering and architecture firms will be looking to build greater competitive scale via expanded capabilities, a broader geographic reach, diversified end markets, and more skilled talent, according to FMI’s Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor.
Nano-coated mesh captures oil but lets water pass through
Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed a stainless steel mesh with a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating, which could be used to clean up oil spills and for other applications. More>>
New confined space rule is published
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its new rule for confined spaces in construction, which will go into effect on August 3. More>>
Comments sought on proposed amendments to NFPA 13
Several proposed Tentative Interim Amendments for NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems are available for public review and comment through June 19. More>>
ICC is accepting applications for pool solar heating and cooling standard committee members
The new standard will establish minimum requirements for the performance, design, and installation of solar thermal heating systems for heating water used within pools, spas, hot tubs, exercise spas, water parks, and spray grounds as well as establish methods for rating the performance of these systems. Applications are due by May 29. More>>
Water-based fire protection qualification standard is published
ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 15000-2015: Professional Qualifications Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems was developed to address a level of competency beyond the requirements of NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. More>>
Committee members sought for new well pumps standard
The National Ground Water Association is seeking people to form a consensus body to develop a proposed groundwater pumping systems standard that will provide guidance on performance requirements for pumps used in water wells. More>>
Innovative water solutions highlighted in new whitepaper
The New Wave of Water Innovation by the Value of Water Coalition spotlights infrastructure projects across the country that are helping rebuild and modernize water systems to achieve sustainability and resiliency.