Vol. 4, No. 22, November 17, 2011




ASPE Seeks Public Comments on ASPE Plumbing Engineering & Design Standard 15: Hot Water Temperature and Control

ASPE is calling for public comments on the proposed ASPE 15: Hot Water Temperature & Control. Click here to download a copy of the draft standard and the comment form. The public review process is open to ASPE members and the public at large until noon CST on December 30, 2011. The intent of ASPE 15 is to provide minimum requirements to regulate the hot water temperature and pressure disturbances within commercial piping systems to protect public health, safety, and welfare. It is intended to be a mandatory regulation applicable to all new and renovated plumbing installations. This standard is not intended to apply to existing installations.


New Webinar Bundle Announced: Register for Two ASPE Webinars for One Low Price

Both ASPE members and nonmembers now have the chance to attend the next two ASPE webinars at a special rate: “Storm Drain Research and Its Impact on Design” (December 7, 2 p.m. EST) and “How It Works: Plumbing and Accessible Bathrooms” (January 18, 2 p.m. EST). Sign up for both today and save!


2012 CPD Exam Dates Announced

The 2012 Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam will be held April 19 and 20. Registration will open at ASPE.org on January 2 and close on March 19. Contact Stacey A. Kidd with any questions.



Want to Share Your Sustainable Design Strategies?

ASPE is looking for articles on sustainable design topics for a future issue of Plumbing Systems & Design magazine. Become one of our expert authors and share your knowledge of green design techniques by contacting Gretchen Pienta with your article idea.



Members: Have You Downloaded ASPE’s “Awesome” New Member Benefit?

The Plumbing Engineering & Design Handbook of Tables App makes finding pipe sizing data quick and easy with its convenient Adobe Air format that can be downloaded onto any laptop or portable device. “This program is awesome!” says one ASPE member, and it is available ONLY to ASPE members as a benefit of membership.



ASPE Is Accepting Applications for the Alfred Steel Scholarship 

The Alfred Steele Scholarship is awarded to full-time students enrolled in an engineering degree program at a college, university, or technical school and is limited to ASPE members and their immediate families. The deadline to submit application materials is January 31, 2012. Contact Stacey A. Kidd with any questions.



College of Fellows Nominations Are Due by January 31

The deadline to nominate an ASPE member for the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows is January 31, 2012. Any Society member may nominate any other member, but members may not nominate themselves. Contact Stacey A. Kidd with any questions.


Help ASPE Spread the Word About Plumbing Engineering
The 2012 National Engineers Week is February 19–25, and once again ASPE will join numerous organizations across the country to promote engineering as a career. If you are interested in contributing or just want to share some ideas, contact
Pam Newman.



Educational and Networking Opportunities

November 18–19: Little Rock Advanced Plumbing Design Class

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.


December 3: Los Angeles Holiday Party

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.


December 10: Washington, D.C., Holiday Party

ASPE’s Washington, D.C., Chapter is holding this event at Rams Head Tavern in Savage, Maryland, from 1–4 p.m. RSVP to Donald Keith by November 23.


NEW! Long Island Holiday Party Being Held December 21

ASPE’s Long Island Chapter is holding this event at the Four Points Sheraton in Plainview, New York, from 6–10 p.m. It is free to all ASPE members who RSVP before December 1 to Paul Freeman (631-312-6486). Cost is $50 for nonmembers or members without an RSVP.


NEW! Phoenix Product Show Being Held January 10

ASPE’s Phoenix Chapter and ASHRAE’s Central Arizona Chapter are holding this event at El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium in Phoenix from noon to 7 p.m. Technical seminars will be held in conjunction with the tabletop show.


NEW! Charlotte Medical Gas Seminar Being Held January 24

ASPE’s Charlotte Chapter is holding this seminar at BeaconMedaes in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eight PDH hours, the BeaconMedaes Design Guide, and complimentary lunch are included. RSVP by January 16 to Scott Steindler.


NEW! Chicago Plumbing Course Starts March 7

ASPE’s Chicago Chapter is holding this 16-week course on plumbing engineering basics on Wednesdays from 5:30–8 p.m. at the offices of ESD at 175 W. Jackson in Chicago. Contact David DeBord (312-456-2359) with questions about the course.

















Maryland Goes “Lead-free” on January 1

On January 1, 2012, Maryland HB 372 goes into effect, which prohibits the use of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, or fixtures containing more than 0.25 percent weighted average lead content from being used in the installation or repair of plumbing intended to dispense water for human consumption.


Minnesota Plumbing Contractor Licensing Law Goes into Effect Next Year

Starting January 1, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry will license individuals and businesses that perform plumbing work as a licensed plumbing contractor. Master plumbers will no longer hold the license for a plumbing contractor, but rather will be the responsible master for the contractor.


NYC Launches Program to Lower Water Service Costs

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently announced a new program called Operational Excellence, or OpX, designed to enhance services, result in environmental benefits, and reduce costs for the nine million New Yorkers who rely on the department for water and wastewater services.


New Illinois Water Quality Standards for Chicago River System Approved

The State of Illinois’ new and revised water quality standards for five segments of the Chicago and Calumet Rivers will help clean the polluted riverways for recreational uses.


Partnership Aims to Increase the Production of Recycled Wastewater

The North County Regional Recycled Water Project, a partnership of water agencies in North County, San Diego, hopes to increase recycled water use in North County by 4.9 billion gallons a year by 2020.


First American National Standard for Water Reuse Systems Published

NSF International has released NSF/ANSI 350: Onsite Residential and Commercial Reuse Treatment Systems, which establishes criteria to improve awareness and acceptance of water reuse technologies that reduce impacts on the environment, municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities, and energy costs. (See the October 2011 issue of Plumbing Systems & Design magazine for an article on this new standard.)


Is Drinking Water from Plastic Pipes Harmful?

A new Norwegian Institute of Public Health study shows that while a few types of PEX pipe may cause undesirable taste and odor in drinking water, no health risks are associated with drinking water from PEX pipes.


Thirsty Investors Look to the Water Market

Despite traditionally slow development in the national water industry, investors see the potential for monetary growth, according to a recent Reuters’ article.


New Membrane Found to Remove Perchlorate from Drinking Water

A University of Delaware professor has developed a new membrane technology that isolates perchlorate and reduces it to non-toxic chloride by combining electrodialysis and an electrochemical reaction in one system.


What Are the Top Five Threats to America’s Water Infrastructure?

Dams in disrepair lead the list of water infrastructure worries that are underfunded on both the state and federal level.


WaterSense Labels First Outdoor Irrigation Product

The U.S. EPA’s WaterSense program has released a final specification for weather-based irrigation controllers, making them the first outdoor product category eligible to earn the WaterSense label. Manufacturers of these products can now begin the testing and certification process, and WaterSense-labeled controllers could be available by the spring.


IAPMO R&T Starts Certifying Irrigation Controllers

IAPMO R&T has earned approval to certify weather‐based irrigation controllers to the U.S.

EPA’s new WaterSense specification to provide independent certification that prospective WaterSense‐labeled models meet the water‐efficiency and performance criteria.


ASHRAE Seeks Proposed Energy-modeling Presentations

ASHRAE’s energy-modeling conference, “Tools for Designing High-performance Buildings,” will be held in October 2012 in Atlanta, and the organization is seeking presentations on how projects were analyzed and designed using energy-modeling programs. 
















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