Next Green Plumbing Design workshop being held this fall
Led by instructor Douglas Nelson, PE, GPD, the Green Plumbing Design (GPD) workshop will be held prior to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium in St. Louis on September 30-October 1. If you want to show off your sustainable design expertise with a GPD designation, be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Download ASPE’s newest publication now
Thanks to the generous volunteer effort of ASPE’s Memphis Chapter, Pumps and Pump Systems has been completely revised and updated and is now available for purchase at ASPE’s online store. Hardbound copies of the book will be available soon.
Where can you network with ASPE members this month?
ASPE’s Minnesota Chapter is holding its annual golf outing on July 9, and ASPE’s Wisconsin Chapter is attending the Milwaukee Brewers game on July 22. You can learn more about these events and others at aspe.org/chapterevents.
California provides millions to schools to teach stormwater harvesting
Through the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) program, the State Water Resources Control Board is providing $30 million to 30 school districts to educate students and create on-campus projects relating to stormwater capture and water conservation. More>>
Aquifer storage and recovery to be tested in Georgia
A controversial aquifer storage and recovery well system in southwest Georgia is one of three projects that will be tested in Georgia as potential solutions to water supply problems. More>>
Pressure drops combined with leaky pipes can lead to contaminated drinking water
When dynamic pressure drops occur in damaged sections of piping, groundwater from around the pipe, potentially containing contaminants, can be sucked in and transported through the network, according to engineers at the University of Sheffield. More>>
Fannie Mae to offer financing deals for green upgrades
The new Green Rewards program will provide multifamily building owners with reduced interest rate loans for improvements that lower a building's energy or water consumption by 20 percent, as well as additional loans to finance upgrades that reduce consumption by 30 percent. More>>
Paying for infrastructure improvements tops list of concerns for water professionals
The state of water and wastewater infrastructure and how to finance capital improvements continue to plague water utilities throughout North America, according to AWWA’s 2015 State of the Water Industry Report. More>>
Why would you need toilets in elevators?
Due to the high risk of earthquakes in Japan, Infrastructure Ministry officials are considering requiring portable toilets and drinking water in elevators in case they are stopped for long periods during emergencies. More>>
Hydraulic fracturing activities found to not have systemic impacts on drinking water resources
However, such activities can lead to potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water, such as inadequately treated wastewater discharged into drinking water resources and water withdrawals in areas with low water availability, according to the EPA’s draft Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources.
Better Buildings program expands scope and adds resources
The U.S. Department of Energy is expanding the Better Buildings Challenge to include a new water-savings goal to advance data collection and analysis practices and share solutions to common water-saving barriers, and it also is adding two new Better Buildings Accelerators that will help families improve the efficiency of their homes. The Better Buildings Solution Center is a new online tool designed to help organizations explore the solutions tested and proven by partners.
Scald awareness task group members sought
ASSE International has reformed the ASSE Scald Awareness Task Group to develop a white paper concerning proper and improper applications of temperature-limiting devices. Applications to join the task group are due by July 10. More>>
ASHRAE seeks presentation proposals for its 2016 conference
ASHRAE’s 2016 Annual Conference will be held in St. Louis on June 25-29, 2016, and papers are sought on professional skills beyond engineering, renewable energy systems, and net-zero buildings, among other topics.
Free webinar on low-lead products in Canada being held June 23
This complimentary webinar offered by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating will include information on the current status of low-lead plumbing product standards in Canada, what products are affected, and the current state of industry readiness for compliance.
NFPA 99 is open for public comment
The National Fire Protection Association is accepting public input on the 2018 version of the Health Care Facilities Code though July 6. More>>
ICC-SRCC thermal certification programs now include PV
The Solar Rating and Certification Corp. (ICC-SRCC) has expanded its certification programs to include photovoltaic conversion of solar energy to thermal energy to heat water. PV manufacturers who meet the certification requirements may qualify for state and federal financial incentives and ENERGY STAR program listings. More>>