Vol. 5, No. 3, February 9, 2012


Brian Henry Joins the ASPE Board of Directors as Affiliate Liaison

Brian Henry, marketing manager of Patterson Pump Company and an affiliate member of ASPE, has been appointed affiliate liaison to the ASPE board of directors. His appointment comes after Billy Smith, former ASPE vice president, affiliate, stepped down from the board earlier this year due to work commitments. As part of his new position, Brian also was named chair of ASPE’s Exhibitors Advisory Committee.


Eastern Michigan Chapter Members Appointed ASPE Life Members

At the January 2012 board meeting, the ASPE board of directors voted to honor John Nussbaum and Edwin Haley with Life Memberships. This is a significant Society honor, and ASPE thanks both of them for their significant contributions to the Society over many years. Congratulations John and Edwin!


Need Help Studying for the CPD Exam?

As a supplement to your studies, ASPE is rebroadcasting the four-part CPD Review Webinar Series. If you purchase the entire series by March 29, you will receive a free copy of the CPD Review Manual (a $50 member value). Participants will be able to interact with the presenter through a dedicated blog site.


Only a Few Days Left to Register for the Rainwater Harvesting Workshop!

The ARCSA/ASPE Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, being held February 14–15 in Rosemont, Illinois, will provide an in-depth review of rainwater harvesting design and installation guidelines, including outdoor and in-home rainwater use and sanitation for potable uses.


Learn How to Catch Common Fire Sprinkler Plan Mistakes at Our March Webinar

On March 21 at 2 p.m. EDT, Jim Schifiliti will present the next ASPE webinar: Most Common Mistakes Made on Fire Protection Plan Submittals. Registration is now open!


ASPE Members: The Latest Board Newsletter Is Now Available

Find out what’s been going on at ASPE national and the regions since the last board meeting. You may access the newsletter at ASPE.org after logging into your account.


Volunteers Needed for Water Pipe Sizing Standard Technical Committee

ASPE is looking for volunteers to help develop a new ASPE standard on water pipe sizing, especially engineers and CPDs with knowledge in fluid dynamics and pipe flow characteristics and velocity limitations. Committee members must be able to contribute to the standard in several aspects, including some knowledge of different pipe sizing methods. The targeted timeline is the end of the summer to finish the draft, so members need to be willing to work in a timely manner. Most if not all of the work will be done over the Internet to save time and expenses. Are you interested? If so, please fill out an application. If you have questions, contact Committee Chair Jim Shepherd (317-213-4329).


Continuing Education from PS&D to Be Continued at ASPE.org

Starting in March, the continuing education quizzes formerly published in PS&D will be relaunched at ASPE.org as “Read, Learn, and Earn.” All of the benefits of obtaining quick CEUs via a 12-question multiple-choice quiz will still be available. More details can be found in the “ASPE Report” section of the March Plumbing Engineer, which all ASPE members will receive for free as a member benefit.


Nominations for the ASPE College of Fellows Will Be Accepted until March 1

More information about the nomination process can be found here.


2012 Convention Call for Papers Deadline Is April 1

ASPE is currently taking submissions for technical sessions to be presented at the 2012 Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 27–31. 


Chapter Educational and Networking Opportunities

Do you want to mingle with and learn from your plumbing industry peers? Networking is the best way to keep abreast of local code changes, job opportunities, and other industry news, and ASPE chapters make it easy with monthly technical meetings, seminars, tours, golf outings, and more. Find upcoming events in your area online now!






















Canadian Energy-efficiency Program Cancelled

The federal government no longer will be offering building- and homeowners grants under the ecoENERGY Retrofit program.


Bill to Fluoridate New Jersey Drinking Water Advances

The New Jersey Public Water Supply Fluoridation Act, which was recently approved by an Assembly committee, would require all public water systems in the state to be fluoridated within a year of the bill becoming effective.


New EPA Tool Helps Users Locate Water Pollution

The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool allows for easy searching and mapping of water pollution by local area, watershed, company, industry sector, and pollutant.


Indian Ministry of Water Resources Releases Draft National Water Policy

The policy, which was last updated in 2002, includes provisions for infrastructure development, adequate water pricing to incentivize recycling and reuse, and a redefinition of water as an economic good rather than a preemptive need to promote conservation and efficient use.


Little Red Schoolhouse Recognized as a Certified LEED Education Provider

Two Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse programs—Large Chilled Water Design Seminarand Modern Hydronic System Design Basic Seminar—have been approved by the Green Building Certification Institute to provide credit toward the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP certifications.


IAPMO Offering Continuing Education for Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution System Operators in California

The California Department of Public Health has approved IAPMO as a provider of backflow tester certification classes and backflow prevention program administrator/specialist training and certification around the state.


New Version of ASHRAE 189.1 Is Now Available

The 2011 edition of ASHRAE 189.1: Standard for the Design of High-performance Green Buildings, co-sponsored by USGBC and IES and approved by ANSI, includes changes to help make buildings and systems more sustainable.


ASSE Is Taking Applications for Staff Engineer

Located in Westlake, Ohio, the American Society of Sanitary Engineering seeks a staff engineer to assist in the development of product listings.

Registration Is Open for ICC Group A Code Development Hearings

Online registration is open for the ICC’s Group A Code Development Hearings, April 28–May 6 in Dallas. Hearing participants will consider proposed code changes to the International Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Private Sewage Disposal Codes.


Water Research Foundation Announces Grants for Water Infrastructure Research Projects

$500,000 in grants will be awarded for research projects that generate science and engineering knowledge to improve and/or evaluate technologies and techniques to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of water infrastructure.


Earn CEUs for CPD Recertification at the 2012 CMX CIPHEX Tradeshow

This event is being held March 22–24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Advance registration is only $10, and ASPE members can earn CEUs for CPD recertification by attending certain technical sessions.