Vol. 7, No. 9, May 1, 2014
Registration for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition is open!
Go to aspe.org/expo today to register for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition, ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration being held September 20-24 in Chicago. The event will be packed with Chicago-style fun, including Sunday Night at the House of Blues sponsored by Sloan Valve, our keynote speaker, Chicago Bears legend Dan Hampton, and plenty of exhibitor hospitality parties at notable Chicago venues. The early bird registration rate will end before you know it, so be sure to register soon to take your place at this historic event.
Also, don’t forget to sign up as a 50th Anniversary sponsor at aspe.org/50 to show your support of the plumbing engineering industry.
ASPE is looking for a singing talent to perform the National Anthem during the ASPE Business Meeting on Saturday, September 20. If you are interested, send a sample recording via email to email@example.com or mail to ASPE, Attn: Stacey A. Kidd, 6400 Shafer Court, Suite 350, Rosemont, IL 60018.
William Smith, FASPE, joins ASPE as Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs
Former ASPE Vice President, Affiliate Billy Smith joins the ASPE staff on May 12 after a long and illustrious career with Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. In this new position, Billy will represent the interests of ASPE and the plumbing engineering community in code and standards activities as well as serve as a technical resource for the ASPE staff and membership. More>>
Team USA members selected for the Water Innovation Challenge
ASPE is pleased to announce the selection of ASPE Associate Member Judith Torres, GE, a Graduate Mechanical Engineer for Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as the plumbing engineer member of Team USA for the upcoming WorldSkills Foundation Water Innovation Challenge, which will be held June 3–5 in Singapore during International Water Week. William N. Erickson, an ASPE member and a Vice President of ASPE’s Research Foundation, is leading the multi-disciplined team. More>>
Public comments sought for new sustainable drinking water treatment systems standard
WQA/ASPE S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems applies to products that treat or otherwise produce water for human consumption or recreation, but excludes products that treat wastewater. This standard will be applicable globally and may be used to certify applicable products by any qualified certification body. Comments will be accepted until June 13. You can download the draft and the comment form here.
ASPE Research Foundation needs your help!
ASPE's Research Foundation is about to embark on two very important projects on water conservation, and the RF seeks additional donations to help pay for this vital research. Please click here to make your donation today.
FREE webinar for ASPE members being held May 7
ASPE’s May webinar is sponsored by Lubrizol, which means ASPE members can participate for free! “A Methodical Approach to Selecting the Right Piping System” will help you understand how to specify the correct materials for specific applications. If you aren’t an ASPE member but want to take advantage of this free webinar offering, join ASPE heretoday.
Special membership deal now includes 2013 renewals
ASPE is offering a cost-saving membership program to help past members--now including 2013 renewals--reinstate their ASPE membership. To take advantage of our “We Want You Back!" offer, call 847.296.0002 x227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
ASPE board of directors applications are due May 30
ASPE's Nominating Committee is looking for dedicated members to run for the 12 national board of directors positions for the 2014-2016 board, which will be elected in September. If you are interested in joining the board and helping shape ASPE’s future, submit the application form found here (member log-in required).
Help shape the future of water reuse standards this June
Plumbing industry stakeholders interested in learning more about and sharing their opinion on national and international water reuse standards are invited to Chicago on June 25-26 for ASPE’s free Water Reuse Workshop. More information can be found here.
Join ASPE for our summer regional workshop tour
On June 3 in Denver, ASPE’s full-day Intermediate Plumbing Design workshop will teach local plumbing industry professionals about commercial kitchen design. Registration includes 0.75 CEUs and lunch. If you can’t make it to Denver, a virtual option is available to attend this workshop.
On June 5 in Denver, ASPE’s hands-on Revit MEP workshop will cover project setup, how to create systems, layouts, and schedules for plumbing and HVAC, and more. Registration includes a computer rental preloaded with Revit MEP, 0.75 CEUs, and lunch.
On June 17 in Kansas City, a one-day lecture on Revit MEP will help local plumbing and mechanical designers understand how to optimize workflows using best practices to create models, templates, systems, and layouts. Registration includes 0.75 CEUs and lunch.
On June 18-19, the Green Plumbing Design workshop will be held in Kansas City for CPDs and/or PEs who want to earn their GPD certificate.
Check out ASPE’s new store offerings
You now can purchase and download ASPE’s most popular publications instantly to your computer. Just go to aspe.org/product-detailand choose “Electronic Download” from the Product Type menu.
Member anniversary pins and president pins with the new ASPE logo are also available. Just choose “Pins” from the Product Type menu to purchase yours today.
Registration is open for UCLA Extension’s summer semester
The following courses in the Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program, sponsored by ASPE, will be offered this summer: "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" (on-site) and "Solar Thermal Energy Solutions" (online). Both are electives in the certificate program or can be taken individually by those looking to increase their design skills.
Chapter leaders: proposed bylaws amendments are due May 23
Proposed changes to the ASPE Bylaws will be discussed and voted on by chapter delegates at the 2014 Business Meeting in September. You can submit your proposed changes via email, including a detailed rationale for the change, to ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel.
Chapter history questionnaires are due May 31
If your chapter is listed below, ASPE has not received your chapter history questionnaire, which means your chapter runs the risk of not being included in the ASPE Yearbook, a major component of ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Make sure to download the questionnaire here and confer with your fellow chapter members to return it as soon as possible.
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Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
It’s easy: look for a new question in each issue of ASPE Pipeline through August, discuss the answers with your fellow chapter members, and submit your chapter’s answer sheet by the deadline. Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet.
May 1 question: Where was the ASPE Convention & EPE held in 1976?
New local networking and training opportunities added weekly to ASPE's chapter events webpage
Find out what's happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.
Colorado moves closer to mandating water-efficient fixtures
On April 4, the Colorado House approved Senate Bill 103, which would require only WaterSense-certified plumbing fixtures to be sold in the state by September 1, 2016. Governor John Hickenlooper is soliciting input on the bill’s impact on water use and conservation to determine whether to sign the bill into law.
California fast-tracks water-efficiency standards
The proposed standards, which were released for public comment in mid-April, would limit toilets to 1.28 gallons per flush, urinals to 0.5 gpf, and lavatory faucets to 1.5 gallons per minute. More>>
NYC proposes stricter water tank regulations
In response to a New York Times investigation into the city’s rooftop drinking water tanks, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing to change the health code to require building owners to submit records of annual tank inspections to the city.More>>
Drinking Water Week recognizes water’s vital role in our lives
On May 4-10, the American Water Works Association is sponsoring Drinking Water Week 2014: What Do You Know About H2O? to bring public and governmental awareness to the role clean drinking water plays in supporting health.
University of Florida and Kansas State University win the 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge
The winning designs featured innovative green infrastructure systems to manage and reuse stormwater. 84 teams competed in thissecond annual event sponsored by the U.S. EPA, which was created to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure by developing sustainable solutions to reduce stormwater pollution.
New irrigation best management practices released
The Irrigation Association and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants have updated the Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices to include design criteria to efficiently use water resources, recommendations for evaluating potential nonpotable sources, and information on system inspection and commissioning, irrigation scheduling, and water budgeting.
MaP-Testing launches new experts panel
The new water-efficiency experts panel allows users to ask questions about plumbing fixtures and systems and view responses from Professional Engineers and other water industry experts.
How’s My Waterway? app receives user-friendly upgrades
The U.S. EPA’s How’s My Waterway? app now includes new data on waterways that supply drinking water to communities, the health of watersheds and organizations working to protect them, permits that limit pollutant discharge into waterways, and efforts to restore waterways to protect fish habitats.
Registration is open for the 2014 WaterReuse Symposium
Being held September 7-10 in Dallas, the 2014 WaterReuse Symposium will offer technical education and networking for water industry professionals specializing in issues related to water reuse and desalination.
New documentary illustrates human interaction with water on a global scale
Through breathtaking visuals, Watermark explores the juxtaposition of natural water supplies and human’s use, and overuse, of them around the world. You can view the trailer and screening schedule here.