Vol. 6, No. 8, April 18, 2013



ASPE Young Engineers announces new networking events

Attention young engineers: Do you want to meet new contacts, learn how to advance in the industry, and become a strong voice for the profession? ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) was created exclusively to help you achieve those goals, and we are holding several special social events across the country just for ASPE members 35 years old and younger. Join us in Philadelphia on May 21, Boston on June 4, or Chicago on June 13 to mingle with your peers, make new friends, enjoy some food and drink, and learn how to advance in your career.


If you can’t make it to one of these events, check out our webpage to find out how to stay connected with AYE.


Enhance your design skills at one of ASPE’s regional workshops

In May, ASPE and IAPMO are joining forces to bring two one-day design seminars to the Philadelphia area: “High-Performance Hot Water Design” on May 21 and “Nonpotable Water Reclaim System Design” on May 22. One- and two-day registrations are available, including breakfast, lunch, and 7.5 PDHs each day.


On June 4–5, ASPE and ARCSA are bringing the 200-level Rainwater Harvesting Course to Boston. It is a required course for those pursuing the ARCSA AP designation, but anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of rainwater catchment system design also should attend. Attendees will receive the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting: System Planning manual and 15 PDHs for the entire course.


Submit your favorite project for consideration in Plumbing Engineer’s 2013 Project Awards

Last year’s program was a great success, and we once again look to the plumbing engineering community to share examples of your best work. To be considered, email a three- to five-paragraph project description, credit list (including the project’s owner, engineer, contractor, and any other pertinent team members), and two or three high-resolution project photos to Plumbing Engineer Editorial Director Jim Schneider by Monday, May 13. In the description, explain why the project is innovative, unique, or otherwise noteworthy from a plumbing design and engineering standpoint and discuss any special challenges this project presented and how you solved them. Selected projects will appear in the June issue of Plumbing Engineer.


Engineers with grease interceptor system design expertise needed

ASPE seeks volunteers to serve on a working group tasked with developing an American National Standard on grease interceptor system design. Membership in ASPE is not a prerequisite to join the committee. If you are interested, fill out the application form or contact Gretchen Pienta for more information.


Showcase your expertise at the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium

The co-conveners of the 2014 ETS seek experts to present sessions on the following topics: water, sanitation, and health; water and energy efficiency; water reuse; solar and other renewable energies; water quality; FOG discharges; and plumbing research initiatives. For more information on submitting an abstract, contact Maria Bazan by September 30. The ETS will be held April 23–24, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia, and ASPE is co-convening it with CIPH, IAPMO, MCAA, PHCC-NA, PMI, UA, and WPC.


Stay tuned for exciting new opportunities at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium

Keep in mind that the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium will be held one month earlier than usual: September 19–22 in Orlando, Florida. Registration and hotel reservations will open in May.


Chapters needed to help revise PEDH Volume 2

Chapter leaders and members: Want to earn some great incentives while helping further ASPE’s mission to provide industry-leading engineering knowledge? ASPE is looking for volunteers to help revise Volume 2: Plumbing Systems of the Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook. Discounts on ASPE events and free webinars are available to Chapters that participate, so contact Gretchen Pienta for more information or to volunteer.


What could be better than a day of golf and networking?

As the weather warms, ASPE chapters are planning exciting new events including golf outings and product shows to help local industry professionals make new contacts and learn more about plumbing engineering. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s happening in your area.



Seattle and King County agree to major sewer overhauls

King County, Washington and the city of Seattle have agreed to invest in major upgrades to local sewage and combined stormwater collection, piping, and treatment systems under settlements with the DOJ and EPA to eliminate unauthorized discharges involving combined sewer overflows. 


LEED v4 encourages building owners to find ways to save water

LEED v4, scheduled to be released this fall, includes sometimes overlooked water reuse and treatment opportunities, including appliances, cooling towers, commercial kitchen equipment, and other areas that consume a significant amount of water in many buildings, and offers more ways to earn points for water efficiency.


NYC grants exemption to potty parity law

The New York City Department of Buildings recently approved an investment bank’s request to add more men’s bathrooms and urinals to certain floors of its building, a move that otherwise would violate the city law requiring bathroom fixture equality.


Proposed CA bill would allow plumbers to install sprinkler systems

AB 433, which passed the California Assembly on April 11, would allow contractors holding a fire protection contractor or a plumbing contractor classification to install residential fire protection systems for one- and two-family dwellings. The current law allows installation only by a contractor holding a fire protection contractor classification.


How can companies help plan for an unpredictable water supply?

Businesses can play a crucial role in ensuring responsible management of water by becoming more conscious of how their actions impact local and regional water resources and, conversely, how water resources impact business, according to a new report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.


Breweries advocate for clean water

21 craft brewers have partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council and created the Brewers for Clean Water campaign to lobby for tougher water pollution rules for wetlands and streams to ensure a clean water supply.


Model code bodies seek committee members

IAPMO is accepting applications for special committee members to assist in the development of the support publications and educational resources for the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code.


ICC is accepting applications for membership on the I-Codes Referenced Standard Committee, Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee, and Commissioning Standard Consensus Committee. 


ICC also has announced a call for standards development committee members to develop two new ICC/Solar Rating & Certification Corporation standards dedicated to solar water heating systems and solar thermal collectors.


Comments sought on proposed hybrid fire suppression system standard

NFPA is considering establishing a new standard for the application of hybrid (gas and fine water droplet) fire suppression systems and seeks input on the need for the project, information on resources on the subject matter, and those interested in participating. Comments can be sent to stds_admin@nfpa.org.


Five certifiers collaborate to strengthen drinking water standards for unregulated chemicals

CSA Group, NSF International, IAPMO R&T, UL, and the Water Quality Association will now use harmonized procedures to develop action levels for unregulated chemical contaminants originating from products in contact with drinking water to help manufacturers develop safe products.


WQA high-purity water treatment system webinars start April 24

The Water Quality Association is hosting 25 educational webinars on the installation, operation, and maintenance of high-purity water treatment systems that can be purchased as a package or individually. ASPE members can receive the member price by using code ASPE 13 and registering by phone at 630-929-2508.


Scholarship competition is accepting applications

The competition is open to members and their children of IAPMO, ASPE, PHCC, MCAA, the UA, and ASSE who are enrolled in a high school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university or working in an apprentice program. Applicants must submit a 1,000-word minimum essay on “Which Steps Can the Plumbing/Mechanical Industries Take to Encourage Businesses and Individuals to Go Green?” to Gabriella Davis by June 1.








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