Vol. 4, No. 20, October 20, 2011
New ASPE Member Benefit Launched: The Plumbing Engineering & Design Handbook of Tables App
The Plumbing Engineering & Design Handbook of Tables contains valuable plumbing system sizing data, but for several years this resource has been available only as a 2,500-page handbook. That all has changed with the launch of the Tables Book App, which ASPE is offering FREE to members as a new member benefit. That is correct—this incredible App is FREE and only available to ASPE members!
This new sizing tool is an easy-to-navigate Adobe Air application that members can download here and install on their computers or portable devices. It contains all of the information and data in the original handbook, but instead of flipping through hundreds of pages for sizing information, users now can easily search the tables by pipe material and other design criteria with just a few clicks.
The Tables Book App is available ONLY to ASPE members as a benefit of membership. To become a member of ASPE and receive the Tables Book App along with the numerous other membership benefits, click here.
Countdown to the 2011 ASPE Technical Symposium Begins
The 2011 ASPE Technical Symposium begins in one week in sunny Orlando, Florida, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel on the Walt Disney World Resort. Have you finalized your plans to attend? The Program Guide is now online, so you can browse it to customize your professional development experience. You also still have time to register, so don’t delay any longer. We are looking forward to seeing you next week!
Learn About Emergency Fixtures During the Next ASPE Webinar
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. EST, the ASPE webinar series continues with a discussion of emergency fixture requirements per ANSI Z358.1 and OSHA. Participants will learn about the performance guidelines of this equipment, where it must be located, how to size and design the related piping and drainage systems, and testing and maintenance procedures. Register today at ASPE.org.
Educational and Networking Opportunities
Today: Philadelphia Plumbing and Fire Protection Exposition
ASPE’s Philadelphia Chapter is holding this event at the Ramada Inn in Essington, Pennsylvania, from 1:45–7 p.m., with technical seminars on LEED and vacuum drainage systems starting at 1 p.m. Contact Mike Panco for more information or tickets to the exposition and Steve Ziga to RSVP for a seminar.
October 24: Alabama Golf Outing
ASPE’s Alabama Chapter is holding this event at Grayson Valley Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, starting at noon. Contact Clark Williamson for more information.
November 1: St. Louis Plumbing Product Show
ASPE’s St. Louis Chapter is cosponsoring this event with PSC at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri from 1:30–7:30 p.m. Technical sessions offering CEUs will be held from 1:30–5:30 p.m. Contact Dennis Callahan for more information.
November 3: Western Michigan Trade Show
ASPE’s Western Michigan Chapter is holding this event at the Elks Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan in conjunction with the Michigan Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors Association. Contact Gordy Berridge for more information.
November 8: Boston Product Show
ASPE’s Boston Chapter is holding this event at The Lantana in Randolph, Massachusetts, including technical sessions offering CEUs. Visit aspebostonchapter.org for more information.
NEW! Little Rock Advanced Plumbing Design Class Being Held November 18–19
ASPE’s Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter is offering this course at Georg Fischer Sloan in Little Rock, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Medical gas systems and domestic hot and cold water systems will be covered. Breakfast and lunch, a copy of the Plumbing Design Student Handbook, and 1.6 CEUs are included. Click here for more information and to register.
NEW! Los Angeles Holiday Party Being Held December 3
ASPE’s Los Angeles Chapter is holding this event at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California, starting at 7 p.m. Live music, dancing, a DJ, and a gift exchange will be part of the festivities. Find more information in the chapter’s newsletter at aspela.com.
H.R. 3145: Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2011 proposes a federal investment of $13.8 billion in wastewater infrastructure over five years through the renewal of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which also would help create thousands of new jobs in the engineering, construction, and clean water sectors.
At its 18th Session, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling on member states to continuously monitor and regularly analyze the status of the right to safe drinking water and sanitation on the basis of availability, quality, acceptability, accessibility, and affordability.
Last week, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed Assembly Bill 275, Rainwater Capture Act of 2011. His veto message states: “This measure seeks to adopt an interim standard for rainwater capture outside the established Building Standards Commission process. Without some urgency or a more compelling reason, I think it is better to stick with the process and follow existing California law.” On October 8, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 849, which prohibits counties and other local government agencies from banning graywater systems, except in areas where special circumstances exist.
Last Wednesday the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 266-61 to override Gov. John Lynch's veto of a bill that prohibits local governments from requiring the installation of sprinklers in proposed one- and two-family homes as a condition for a local permit.
Southbridge, Massachusetts recently started using chloramine as a secondary disinfectant to treat its 94 miles of water lines, but local residents are concerned that the additive will cause skin, digestive, and breathing problems.
Water agencies that supply much of Southern California, Phoenix, and Las Vegas are hoping that two planned desalination plants in Playas de Rosarito, Mexico, about 15 miles south of San Diego, become a reality to help wean the area off depending solely on the Colorado River for water, but the plans are fraught with controversy on both sides of the border.
The Pinellas County Commission recently voted 4-3 to stop adding fluoride to the drinking water that goes to about 700,000 residents of the county and most Pinellas cities, excluding St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Dunedin, and Belleair.
A planned $8 million, solar-powered wastewater treatment plant in Cottonwood, Arizona will use ozone and hydrogen peroxide to break apart many trace synthetic compounds—including pharmaceuticals—without the chemical byproducts that now result from some disinfectants.
As part of its goal to become the greenest zoo in the U.S., the Oregon Zoo is installing a new water filtration system at the penguinarium to replace the former practice of weekly draining and refilling the penguin’s pool to save an estimated 6.5 million gallons of water per year.
By combining the testing requirements of North America and parts of Europe, the alliance eliminates the redundant certification and surveillance procedures currently needed for compliance within a patchwork of country-specific regulatory frameworks.
New Web Portal Helps Consumers Find Green Products
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