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



ASPE and CIPH partner to enhance industry communication

On April 24 in Chicago, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, and Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating President Ralph Suppa signed a memorandum of understanding designed to enable the exchange of information regarding the American and Canadian plumbing products and systems industries. “Our members now will be able to tap into the expertise of thousands of plumbing industry professionals across North America to produce innovative systems that conserve water and protect the public’s health,” says Kendzel. More>>


Dive into swimming pool design at ASPE’s May webinar

On May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT, Terry LeBeau will provide an overview of public indoor and outdoor swimming pool design, including circulation and filtration systems, skimming, level control, open vs. closed systems, maintaining flow, and saving energy. Register today!




Ever wonder how cast iron pipe is made?

The 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition includes an exciting new option in our educational program: Charlotte Pipe & Foundry tours. During this interactive walking tour of the manufacturing process for cast iron pipe and fittings, participants will observe a number of production areas, including scrap iron melting operations and machinery, as well as learn about quality control and testing procedures. The tours are open to full registrants, but space will be extremely limited. Make sure you sign up for a tour when registration opens later this month.


Read, learn, and earn with ASPE

If you need some quick CEUs, take advantage of ASPE’s Read, Learn, and Earn continuing education program. A new exam is posted every month, so you can earn up to 1.2 CEUs each year by successfully completing each test.


Stay connected with ASPE and the industry

If you follow ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel on Twitter @aspeexecceo, you will receive tweets on important initiatives and issues impacting the plumbing engineering/design community as well as links and news that will help keep you up to date on the plumbing design industry. You can also tweet your questions or comments to stay in touch with ASPE through Jim.

Chapter officers: Need a last-minute speaker?

ASPE’s Speakers Bureau allows you to quickly and easily search for top-quality speakers with expertise on various topics by city. If your favorite speaker isn’t listed or if you have questions about the database, contact Pam Newman.


Kick off your summer at ASPE Chapter events

This month, you can golf with your plumbing industry peers at ASPE Chapter-sponsored events in Orlando, Dallas, Raleigh, Orange County, and Western Michigan, among others, as well as tour numerous manufacturer plants and learn about specialty systems. Check out our list of local ASPE chapter events, updated weekly, to find out what’s going on in your area.


Celebrate Building Safety Month

The International Code Council and ICC Foundation are celebrating the 32nd Annual Building Safety Month, an International Celebration of Safe and Sustainable Structures. Throughout the month, events will be held to educate individuals about building safety and sustainability issues in the places where they live, work, and play.


Uniform swimming pool and solar codes to be released July 1

Significant revisions to IAPMO’s 2012 Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, & Hot Tub Code include new minimum numbers for plumbing fixtures in public facilities and new application, water consumption, backflow, and material requirements for plumbing fixtures. The 2012 Uniform Solar Energy Code contains new provisions for piping, valves, joints, storage tanks, freeze protection, pumps, and heat exchangers. More>>


California and Texas receive top marks for water-efficiency and conservation policies

How did your state rank? Find out in a new report by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Environmental Law Institute that identifies and grades each state’s laws and policies related to water efficiency and conservation.


EPA launches unregulated contaminants study

In 2013, approximately 6,000 public water systems across the United States will start monitoring 28 chemicals and two viruses as part of a new program to collect data on contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water but currently do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act. More>>


Which water main pipe material is least likely to fracture?

According to a new study on water main break rates by the Utah State University Buried Structures Laboratory, PVC pipe has the lowest overall failure rate when compared to cast iron, ductile iron, concrete, steel, and asbestos cement pipes.


Water park to spend $100,000 on new UV treatment system after crypto outbreak

Prompted by a cryptosporidiosis outbreak last month that sickened dozens of people and caused a 25 percent drop in bookings and revenues, the owner of the Edgewater Resort & Water Park in Duluth, Minnesota is installing an ultraviolet water-treatment system to prevent future problems. More>>


Amtrak ordered to test drinking water systems

A recent U.S. EPA consent order requires Amtrak to monitor all drinking water systems on its railcars and provide enhanced maintenance for its water systems annually, including monitoring for pathogens such as e. coli, proper disinfection and system flushing, and corrective action and notification when necessary. More>>


Environmental engineering projects honored

Winners of the 2012 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Competition include the Lake Oswego interceptor sewer, Singapore’s longest manmade waterway, the Washington, D.C. biosolids program, and other water- and wastewater-related projects. More>>


Residential fire sprinklers featured in new Epcot exhibit

The environmental impact of home fire sprinklers is being shown at the new VISION House exhibit, presented by Green Builder Media in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, which highlights the latest sustainable residential designs, technologies, and products.


Help reinvent the toilet

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks applicants for the second part of its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. Grants will be awarded to highly qualified research groups interested in contributing to major advances in human sanitation in the developing world. More>>




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