Vol. 5, No. 19, September 20, 2012


ASPE announces the New Product Innovation Showcase

On October 29–30 during the 2012 ASPE Exposition at the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center, the following manufacturers will demonstrate their latest products at the New Product Innovation Showcase, located in the ASPE Pavilion (booth #520). You can find product details and the demonstration schedule here, so make sure you stop by the ASPE Pavilion to learn how to use these products to create efficient, sustainable designs.


● Josam Company: Stainless Steel Retrofit Liners
● AGF Manufacturing Inc.: COLLECTanDRAIN Model 5400
● QuantumFlo: iQFlo
● T&S Brass & Bronze Works: EC-3122-HH Above-Deck Electronic Sensor Faucet with Hydrogenerator
● The Jomar Group: T-100NGDZ Dezincification-Resistant Brass Ball Valve
● Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.: Enviro-Flo II Trench Drain System

● Potter Electric Signal Co.: Potter Nitrogen Generator
● Allied Technical Services (ATS): ATS’ Visual Spec Builder
● Trapzilla-Big Dipper: EZKlear
● Stingray Systems LLC: Stingray Modular Emergency Equipment System
● Watts Water Technologies: Orion Polystar Polypropylene Piping System
● Viega: Viega MegaPress
● Aqua Mizer Inc.: Aqua Mizer Toilet Tank Flush System
● Cimberio Valve Co.: Cim 771
● A. O. Smith: A. O. Smith Solar Gas Backup
● Cla-Val Company: X143IP Power Generator


Learn how to capitalize on your 2012 Convention & Exposition experience at our FREE webinar

ASPE invites all registered Convention & Exposition attendees to participate in an informational webinar on October 2 at 2 p.m. CDT, which will provide all of the tools you need to ensure you are well prepared for the event. Topics covered by this webinar will include what to do once you’ve arrived in Charlotte, Exposition highlights, how to navigate the show floor, networking tips, how to get CEUs, and post-event reporting. Click here to register for this FREE webinar today!


First-Timers discount is still available for the 2012 ASPE Convention

ASPE is offering a significantly discounted registration rate for those who have never attended an ASPE Convention. Contact your local ASPE chapter for the special registration form. Chapter officer contact information can be found at aspe.org/Regions.


McClure Engineering joins ASPE’s Honor Roll of Employers

McClure Engineering, a full-service engineering firm in St. Louis, recently became the latest employer to be recognized on ASPE’s Honor Roll of Employers, a unique program recognizing organizations that provide substantive support for their employees’ participation and involvement in ASPE programs. The only way a company can be recognized on the Honor Roll is for one of the company’s employees to nominate it. McClure Engineering was nominated for the company’s commitment to helping its employees become ASPE members and attend networking events, including paying dues, allowing time off to attend educational events, supporting local chapter events through sponsorships, and reimbursing travel expenses to ASPE events. More>>


Are you an engineer under 35?

Then we want you to join our ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) special-interest group! The goal of this group is to determine your professional needs and how ASPE can assist, attract future Society and industry leaders, and help reshape and redefine the future of ASPE. If you are interested in participating, e-mail Stacey Kidd for more information.


We are holding a special breakfast for AYE on Tuesday, October 30, from 7–8:15 a.m. during the 2012 ASPE Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. A ticket for the breakfast is required, so e-mail Stacey Kidd if you plan to attend.


ASPE chapters kick off the fall season with educational and networking events

If you want to tour a facility, attend a plumbing design course, or meet some new contacts at a social outing, ASPE chapters can help! Check out our local ASPE chapter events webpage to find learning and networking opportunities in your area.


Federal spending on global water-related activities dropped in 2011

The U.S. government spent $734 million on drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene-related activities worldwide in fiscal year 2011, which represents a 23 percent drop from the previous year when $953 million was spent, according to a State Department report.


Unclean bathrooms carry consequences for businesses

According to Bradley’s 2012 Healthy Handwashing Survey, 51 percent of respondents reported a particularly unpleasant experience in a public restroom due to the condition of the facilities, and 31 percent of them would never frequent the business again. 


New UPC amendments affect horizontal wet venting installations

IAPMO has issued the following tentative interim amendments to the 2009 and 2012 versions of the Uniform Plumbing Code regarding the installation of horizontal wet venting: installations are limited to one bathroom group, provisions are applicable to both private and public uses, and urinals may no longer be vented by a horizontal wet vent. More>>


Seattle proposes water-conservation code changes

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has proposed numerous code provisions that focus on long-term green priorities, including new requirements for swimming pool splash troughs, trap priming, water softeners, outdoor fountains and water features, and fixture and fitting flow volumes. More>>


Final WaterSense specification for new homes released

WaterSense Final Specification for New Homes, Version 1.1, which applies to newly built single-family and multi-family homes, goes into effect January 1, 2013.


New guidelines developed to help companies manage water

The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the first common approach to corporate water disclosure to help companies manage their water resources and sustainability efforts.


Registration for online codes and standards workshop opens tomorrow

PMI’s popular Codes & Standards Workshop now is available online in an audio/slide format at the IAPMOLearn website. Registration opens Friday, September 21.


Presentations from international workshop on water available for download

The workshop Global Water Challenges—How Can ISO Standards Help?, hosted by the Japanese Standards Association, was held in July, and the presentations on topics ranging from urban storm water management to wastewater treatment and reclaimed water use are now available here.


PMI fall conference will be held October 7–10

Promoting Plumbing as a Profession, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, will focus on ways to improve the plumbing industry’s image. ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, will participate in a panel discussion on October 9.


Comments on irrigation sprinkler nozzle testing procedure sought

The Smart Water Application Technologies working group, a collaborative initiative between the Irrigation Association and water providers, has released a new testing protocol for high-uniformity sprinkler nozzles that fit spray-head sprinklers for public comment until October 31. More>>



The intent of the partnership is to enhance the well-being of people through the provision of safe, efficient, and affordable rainwater harvesting systems and equipment and to work to introduce rainwater catchment as an alternative water source into the code process. More>>


Clean Water America Alliance announces name change

The new name, U.S. Water Alliance, and the formation of a One Water Management network both reflect the organization’s core mission: uniting people and policy for “one water” sustainability. More>>






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