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Vol. 5, No. 1, January 12, 2012

 

2012 CPD Exam Registration Is Open

The Certified in Plumbing Design program is the only international certification program for engineers and designers of plumbing systems. The 2012 CPD Examination will be held at testing sites across the country on April 19 or April 20, and engineers interested in sitting for the exam can learn more and register online at aspe.org/CPDCertification.

 

Reprint Sale!

ASPE’s Illustrated Plumbing Codes Design Handbook is so popular that we had to order more. If you don’t have your own copy yet, purchase it now and receive 10% off the regular price for a limited time. (Offer good through January 31, 2012.)

 

Save $100 on the ARCSA/ASPE Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

The ARCSA/ASPE Rainwater Harvesting Workshop will be held February 14–15 in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. Make sure you register by this Saturday, January 14, to take advantage of the early-bird price.

 

Registration for ASPE’s ADA Webinar Closes January 17 at 5 p.m. CST

How It Works: Plumbing and Accessible Bathrooms will be held on Wednesday, January 18, at 2 p.m. EST. Participants will learn the requirements of ICC/ANSI A117.1 and the Fair Housing Accessibility Act, including the differences in their application and enforcement and how they interface.

 

ASPE and PERC Need Your Help to Conduct Critical Drainline Research

The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition, of which ASPE is a member, needs funding to move forward with its research project on the effects of low-flow fixtures on drainline carry. ASPE has achieved one-third of its donation, and we still need our members and chapters to help us achieve our goal. Remember: the top chapters will be recognized at the 2012 ASPE Convention and EPE. Learn more about the project and how you can help here. ASPE thanks those members and chapters who have already donated to this important research project.

 

Share Your Knowledge at the 2012 ASPE Convention

ASPE is currently taking submissions for technical sessions at the 2012 Convention and EPE taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 27–31.  

 

ASPE’s CEU Provider Program Adds Credibility to Professional Development Programs

ASPE's CEU Provider Program offers professional development providers the opportunity to issue ASPE continuing education units for their educational programs, which can help increase their programs’ visibility and desirability among the more than 650 Certified in Plumbing Design professionals.

 

Alfred Steel Scholarship Applications Are Due by 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.

 

Nominations for the ASPE College of Fellows Are Due by January 31

The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows honors ASPE members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry.

 

2012 National Engineers Week Is February 19–25

Are you participating in National Engineers Week? If you can’t find time during the scheduled week in February, ASPE can help you coordinate an event later this semester. Contact Pam Newman or visit aspe.org/EngineersWeek for more information.

 

Educational and Networking Opportunities

January 13: Omaha Post-holiday Party

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.

 

NEW! San Francisco Engineering Plumbing Systems Course Starts January 19

The ASPE-sponsored "Engineered Plumbing Systems" class (ET-139B) will begin at City College of San Francisco, Science Hall, Room S133. The class is held on Thursday evenings from 7–10 p.m. and is taught by Calvin Laws, PE. Students may register on the night of the first class.

 

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.

 

February 3: Central Florida Sporting Clay Shoot

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.

 

February 8: Portland Product Show

ASPE’s Portland Chapter is holding this event with ASSE at Northwest Natural Gas Company in Portland from 4–7 p.m. Contact Michele Limas for more information.

 

NEW! New Orleans Fire Sprinkler Seminar Being Held February 17

ASPE’s New Orleans Chapter is hosting this seminar on hydraulically designed fire sprinkler systems at the Clarion Inn Conference Center in Gonzales, Louisiana, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and eight continuing education hours. Contact Scott Steindler (504-754-5272) for more information.

 

NEW! San Diego Tabletop Product Show Being Held February 21

ASPE’s San Diego Chapter is holding this event at Al Bahr Shrine Temple in San Diego from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission and lunch are free. Contact Rod Koepke (858-244-0406) 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.

 

NEW! Seattle Product Show Being Held March 21

ASPE’s Seattle Chapter will be holding its second annual product show at the Westin Seattle. With the new Seattle location and continued chapter growth, attendance and vendor participation are expected to be extremely strong. Contact Greg Skaggs (206-793-7133) if you wish to participate as a vendor or desire additional information.

 

NEW! Phoenix Golf Outing Being Held March 23

ASPE’s Phoenix Chapter’s annual golf outing will be held at Starfire Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. More details will be available soon at aspephx.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

PVC Industry Urges Congress to Consider All Piping Technologies in Appropriating Funds

The PVC Pipe Association is urging Congress not to write blank checks to local governments and utilities with policies that exclude corrosion-proof piping materials for water and wastewater infrastructure, but instead base all funding on open competition.

 

FTC Files Complaint to Protect Competition in Iron Pipe Fittings Market

The Federal Trade Commission has filed complaints against the three largest U.S. suppliers of ductile iron pipe fittings, charging that they illegally conspired to set and maintain prices for pipe fittings used in municipal water systems across the country.

 

Lead Levels in Drinking Water Could Spike When Copper and Lead Pipes Are Joined

Joining old lead pipes with new copper lines using brass fittings spurs galvanic corrosion that can dramatically increase the amount of lead released into drinking water supplies, according to new research by Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Appeals Court Hears Sewage-to-Snow Case

The Save the Peaks Coalition and a group of citizens asked the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to force the U.S. Forest Service to more thoroughly analyze the risks of creating artificial snow from wastewater at the Arizona Snowbowl.

 

Illinois Irrigation Contractors Try to Fight Registration Law Repeal

Unless acted on by legislators this year, the Illinois Irrigation Registration Law will automatically expire on Jan. 1, 2013, thus requiring every person on an irrigation jobsite to be a licensed plumber or a licensed apprentice plumber.

 

Texas Needs $53 Billion in Water Infrastructure Improvements

According to the 2012 State Water Plan, which was sent to the governor on January 5, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, its businesses, and its agricultural enterprises unless major infrastructure improvements are made.

 

Californians Think the State Needs to Invest in Water

A majority (84 percent) of voters in California agrees that the state has major water problems and must invest in its water infrastructure to ensure reliable water supplies now and in the future. 

 

South Bend Agrees to Fix Sewer System to Prevent Overflows

The City of South Bend, Indiana has agreed to make an estimated $509.5 million worth of improvements to its combined sewer system to significantly reduce overflows of raw sewage to the St. Joseph River, which is a tributary of Lake Michigan.

 

What Are the Top Clean Water Startups to Watch This Year?

ZDNet has compiled a list of the top 12 companies that are developing innovative green technologies to clean wastewater.

 

Millennium Development Goals Should Be Met Before Target Date

The internationally stated goal of improving access to safe drinking water across the globe is likely to be achieved ahead of the 2015 deadline, but many people in the world's least developed regions will still not benefit, say UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

 

Reclaimed Water Is Vital to Sustain U.S. Water Supplies

With new advances in treatment technology, reclaimed water could have significant potential to augment drinking water supplies to help meet future needs, especially in coastal areas facing water shortages, says a new report from the National Research Council.

 

Protecting Soldiers in Afghanistan from Waterborne Diseases

A water treatment team at Forward Operating Base Andar in eastern Afghanistan works daily to purify, monitor, and test the drinking water supply to ensure that soldiers aren’t exposed to any potential bacterial contamination in the water source.

 

New North Carolina Plumbing/Mechanical Trade Association Created

Mechanical Contractors of North Carolina and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of North Carolina have merged to create the North Carolina Plumbing and Mechanical Association (NCPMA).

 

RPA Membership Ratifies Move to IAPMO

The RPA (formerly known as the Radiant Panel Association Inc.) will officially join IAPMO effective this month. The move, along with an official name change to the Radiant Professionals Alliance, was formally ratified by RPA membership by a strong majority of affirmative votes in December.

 

2012 Drinking Water Week to Be Held May 6–12

The theme for the 2012 Drinking Water Week will be “Water. Celebrate the Essential.” Materials are now available for download on the AWWA website.

 

Emerging Technology Symposium Being Held May 1–2

IAPMO and the World Plumbing Council are hosting this event in Bethesda, Maryland to provide a forum for industry professionals to network with experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency and learn about emerging products and practices. ASPE’s Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel will be moderating a panel discussion on the unintended consequences of water efficiency.

 

 

Registration for the 2012 AWWA Annual Conference Is Open

The American Water Works Association's 2012 Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE12) will be held June 10–14 in Dallas and will feature eight interactive workshops and more than 100 professional sessions, as well as a product show.

 

Second-annual ISH China Scheduled for April 4–6

The China International Trade Fair for Sanitation, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning will be held at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing and will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors from 19 countries. Admission is free for industry professionals

 

 



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