Vol. 4, No. 23, December 1, 2011



Enhance Your Skills at the UCLA Extension Plumbing Systems Design Program

ASPE is working with UCLA Extension to develop an online plumbing systems design course to be released by the end of next year. In the meantime, if you are looking to increase your plumbing design knowledge and are located near Los Angeles, then you should check out UCLA Extension’s Plumbing Systems Design course held at the UCLA campus. Registration for the Winter 2012 semester is now open.


Members: The First Edition of Your Quarterly Board Report Is Available

At its October 2011 meeting, the ASPE board of directors voted to start publishing a quarterly newsletter to keep members up to date on Society happenings. Members can download the inaugural newsletter here (log-in required).


You Still Have Time to Register for Two ASPE Webinars for One Low Price

All plumbing industry professionals can benefit from ASPE’s next two webinars: “Storm Drain Research and Its Impact on Design” on December 7 and “How It Works: Plumbing and Accessible Bathrooms” on January 18. Members can attend both webinars for just $100! Sign up for both today and save.



Public Comment Period for Proposed Hot Water Standard Is Open

ASPE is calling for public comments on the proposed ASPE Plumbing Engineering & Design Standard 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.



Members: Are You Taking Advantage of ASPE’s Newest Member Benefits?

Available only to ASPE members is the Plumbing Engineering & Design Handbook of Tables App, which makes finding pipe sizing data quick and easy with its convenient Adobe Air format that can be downloaded onto any laptop or portable device.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for ICC membership at the special 20% discount rate, available only for ASPE members.



Alfred Steel Scholarship Deadline Is January 31 

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.



College of Fellows Nominations Are Due by January 31

The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows honors individuals who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. Any Society member may nominate any other member, but members may not nominate themselves.


Help 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

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.


NEW! New Orleans Holiday Party Being Held December 10

ASPE’s New Orleans Chapter is holding this event at Richard and Lilian Molina’s in Destrehan, Louisiana, from 6–10 p.m. RSVP to Richard Molina (504-481-1917) by December 6.


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! Orlando Fire Station Tour and Holiday Party Being Held December 13

ASPE’s Central Florida Chapter is touring the City of Orlando Fire Station One at 5 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or supermarket gift card to donate to the firefighter’s adopt-a-family program. After the tour is a holiday celebration at the Monkey Bar, Wall Street Plaza, in Orlando. Visit cf-aspe.com for more information or RSVP to Edwin Gonzalez (407-388-8663).


NEW! San Francisco Holiday Party Being Held December 14

ASPE’s San Francisco Chapter is holding this event at Sinbad’s Restaurant in San Francisco, starting at 6:30 p.m. See the chapter’s newsletter for more information.


NEW! Baltimore Holiday Party Being Held December 14

ASPE’s Baltimore Chapter is holding this event at Red Brick Station in White Marsh, Maryland, starting at 5:30 p.m. Visit baltimore.aspe.org for more information.


December 21: Long Island Holiday Party

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.


January 10: Phoenix Product Show

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! Omaha Post-holiday Party Being Held January 13

ASPE’s Omaha Chapter is holding this event at Dave & Buster’s in Omaha from 7–11 p.m. RSVP to Dave McGill by January 9.


January 24: Charlotte Medical Gas Seminar

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! Central Florida Sporting Clay Shoot Being Held February 3

ASPE’s Central Florida and West Coast Florida Chapters are holding this adults-only event at Fishhawk Sporting Clays in Lithia, Florida, starting at 1 p.m. Contact Jason Proctor (813-917-1648) or see the chapter’s newsletter for more information.


March 7: Chicago Plumbing Course

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.



















President Signs 3 Percent Withholding Repeal

On November 21, President Obama signed into law H.R. 674, which repeals the requirement that federal, state, and large local governments begin withholding 3 percent of each payment of $10,000 or more to a contractor after January 1, 2013.


Pump Failure Was Not a Cyber Attack, Say FBI and DHS

After investigating a water pump failure at the Curran-Gardner Public Water District in Springfield, Illinois, the DHS and FBI found no evidence that hacking was involved. The problem had been described as an attack carried out from an IP address in Russia, which caused the water utility’s supervisory control and data acquisition system to power on and off, causing the pump to burn out.


New Jersey Assembly Passes Fire Sprinkler Bill

The New Jersey New Home Fire Safety Act (A3278) directs the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to withhold occupancy permits for new one- and two-family homes unless they are equipped with sprinkler systems.


Rotary and UNESCO Join Forces to Educate Tomorrow’s Water Professionals

Through a new strategic partnership between The Rotary Foundation and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, up to eight scholarships per year will be provided to engineering and science students to attend any of the three Master of Science programs— Municipal Water and Infrastructure, Water Management, or Water Science and Engineering—offered at the Institute.


How to Save Money While Reducing Pollution by 10 Trillion Gallons of Wastewater

The National Resources Defense Council reports that green infrastructure, such as green roofs, permeable pavement, and rainwater catchment, can help cities improve their ability to manage storm water and reduce runoff pollution—while saving money spent combating CSOs.


Companies Keep Looking to Water to Increase Profits

More companies on the Global 500 index are seeing water-related business opportunities such as cost reductions from water efficiency, revenue from new water-related products or services, and strengthened brand value, according to a new water-disclosure report.


Don’t Blame Farmers for Water Problems

Farmers in California aren’t wasteful and inefficient in managing their water supplies, says the Center for Irrigation Technology, and claims that “new” water can be created from water-efficient agricultural methods are unfounded.


Will Charging for Water Reduce Use?

Imposing a water price of between five and nine cents per cubic meter used by industry could cut water intake by 20 percent without having any major drawbacks for businesses, argues a Canadian federal advisory body.


2012 UPC Is Now Available

The newest version of the Uniform Plumbing Code contains these significant changes: new alternate water sources for nonpotable applications and nonpotable rainwater catchment systems, a new minimum plumbing facilities table, and water supply and drainage joint connection requirements.


NSF Can Now Issue the Australian WaterMark


As part of the new NSF Passport Program, manufacturers can obtain certification and testing through NSF for the Australian WaterMark, which is required on plumbing and water treatment products sold in Australia and New Zealand.


PMI Codes and Standards Workshop Being Held December 6–7

At its headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, PMI is holding a two-day workshop that will cover plumbing standards, regulations, and codes regarding backflow prevention, water quality, temperature control, and sustainable design, among other topics.


ICC-ES Agrees to Reference GreenFormat in Reports

Per a memorandum of understanding signed last month, ICC-Evaluation Service will add the Construction Specifications Institute’s GreenFormat numbering scheme within new and existing ICC-ES Environmental Evaluation reports (Verification of Attributes reports and Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas listings) for environmental attributes.


LEED AppLab Launched

The USGBC’s new AppLab is a searchable catalog of third-party apps that are integrated with LEED data and designed for use with laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other devices.


Radiant Panel Association Joins IAPMO Group

The Radiant Panel Association has reached an agreement with IAPMO for IAPMO to acquire key RPA assets, pending ratification of the agreement by the RPA membership. RPA members will retain their member benefits and have the opportunity to join IAPMO.

















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