Vol. 5, No. 15, July 26, 2012


Auto-racing icon Kyle Petty to deliver keynote address at the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition

A member of one of NASCAR’s most famous families, Kyle Petty has been a driver, owner, and media commentator for more than three decades, but did you know he is also a champion of philanthropy? Join ASPE before the 2012 Exposition opens on Monday, October 29, at the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center to hear Kyle Petty talk about how he inspired the compassion and generosity of the NASCAR community and corporate sponsors nationwide to help children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses find hope, laughter, friendship, and adventure at his Victory Junction Gang Camp. After listening to Kyle Petty’s keynote address, you will understand how to compete with class and raise the game of everyone around you.

Click here to learn more about Kyle Petty, and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte. Remember: entrance to the Exposition only is free! Register here today.



What are the top 10 design issues with domestic water systems? Find out during our August webinar

On August 22 at 2 p.m. EDT, Raymond Parham will discuss how to overcome common problems encountered in domestic water system design, including backflow prevention, low-flow fixtures, hot water temperature maintenance, fire- and water-stopping, tips for medium- and high-rise buildings, and more. Registration is now open at aspe.org.


Earn CEUs online with ASPE’s Read, Learn, Earn program

ASPE’s popular Read, Learn, Earn program now offers the option to submit your answers online to receive instant pass/fail notification. Just go to aspe.org/readlearnearn to download the current article and then click on the appropriate link to take the test. If you pass, you can instantly receive one hour of credit!


ASPE congratulates the graduates of UCLA Extension’s 2011–12 Plumbing Systems Design program

In June, UCLA Extension graduated 21 students who completed the entire Plumbing Systems Design program, which consists of three university quarters and a total of 110 hours in class studies. Each student also spent more than 200 additional hours doing homework, taking tests, and reading the assigned technical material. Congratulations go to the students for their determination to join the exciting and rewarding plumbing engineering profession.


Registration for fall online plumbing design course opens July 31

The first course in the three-part sequential program offered by UCLA Extension and ASPE is Plumbing Systems I: Code and Engineering Fundamentals, taught by long-time instructor Haig Demergian, PE, CPD, FASPE. See the current flyer for more information on how to register.


Evansville Satellite Chapter officially formed

ASPE is pleased to announce that the ASPE board of directors voted in favor of the formation of the Evansville (Indiana) Satellite Chapter on Saturday, July 21, at its quarterly board meeting. The new chapter is under the direction of the Central Indiana Chapter, and it is the first satellite chapter in the ASPE Region 2 area. For more information on the Evansville Satellite Chapter, contact Interim Chapter President Kenneth Fox.


Former Chicago Chapter president passes away

Mechanical and fire protection engineer William McCarthy died at home on June 28 surrounded by his family. He was president of the Chicago Chapter from 1978–1980. More>>


Have some fun this summer with ASPE chapter members

Our local ASPE chapter events webpage will help you find social and networking opportunities in your area.



Industry leaders urge the U.S. government to do more to address the country’s water needs

Yesterday, several industry groups were invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Power during a hearing on water use efficiency and its impact on energy use. IAPMO Group CEO GP Russ Chaney, National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, and Alliance for Water Efficiency President/ CEO Mary Ann Dickinson discussed the need for the federal government to take a more active role in helping the private sector move toward a water- and energy-efficient future, the importance of developing a national water strategy and upgrading the nation’s energy- and water-delivery infrastructure, and the role of national incentives for water-efficiency programs. Click here to view a webcast of the hearing and to read the individual testimonies.


EPA delays implementation of cooling tower rule

Standards for cooling water intake structures at industrial facilities under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act that were supposed to take effect tomorrow will not be finalized until June 27, 2013. More>>


Proposed Senate bill would help reduce industrial water use

SB 3352: The Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to create tax credits of up to 30 percent for the cost of projects that retrofit or expand manufacturing facilities to increase water efficiency.


Early exposure to chemical in drinking water may affect vision

People exposed to higher levels of the chemical solvent tetrachloroethylene (PCE) from gestation through age five exhibited poorer color-discrimination abilities than unexposed people in a new study by the Boston University School of Public Health. More>>


LA to ask residents to pay for water treatment

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors narrowly passed a measure to ask voters if they support implementing the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Water Quality Fee, which would be used to help local communities comply with federal and state water quality regulations. More>>


HI announces new membership options for pump industry suppliers

Hydraulic Institute members recently approved a bylaw change that broadens eligibility for Associate membership to include all corporations that manufacture products or develop software for use in or with pumps and pumping systems as well as firms whose primary business is the integration, manufacture, and assembly of pumps and pumping components. More>>


Indian solar energy code released

Jointly developed by IAPMO and the Indian Plumbing Association, the 2012 Uniform Solar Energy Code India will help standardizeresidentialand commercial solar energy and water heating systems in this rapidly developing country. More>>


Italian plumbing product registration program launched

NSF International’s new program will verify and attest to the quality and origin of Italian-made materials or products that come into contact with drinking water such as mechanical devices used in treatment, transmission, and distribution systems, pipes and related products, and mechanical plumbing devices. More>>


Registration is open for the 2012 American Water Summit

Being held November 14–15 in Chicago, the American Water Summit will include sessions on raising awareness of water issues, marketing water, water- and energy-delivery infrastructure, and more.


Western Canada plumbing, HVAC, and hydronics exposition being held November 7–8

CIPHEX West 2012 will be held at the Vancouver Convention Center and will feature manufacturers of plumbing, HVAC-R, geothermal heating, solar/hydronic combi-systems, fire protection, industrial pipe, valves and fittings, luxury bath and kitchen, and water treatment products.





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