Vol. 8, No. 17, August 20, 2015                                         

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Joint ARCSA/ASPE stormwater harvesting standard receives ANSI approval
ASPE is pleased to announce that ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 78-2015: Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use Applications was approved as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on August 3, 2015. Jointly developed by ASPE and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 78-2015 provides guidance on how to install and maintain a safe alternative to utility-provided water and to optimize stormwater utilization to reduce dependence on municipal potable water systems. It is intended to pick up where ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013: Rainwater Catchment Systems left off in terms of collection surface. Both standards are available for download at aspe.org.

ASPE publishes its newest handbook, Advanced Plumbing Technology II
Alfred Steele’s popular publication, Advanced Plumbing Technology, has been completely updated and is now available for download at aspe.org. APT II provides design details for numerous specialty plumbing systems, including those for healthcare facilities, laboratories, and high-rise buildings, as well as information on pumps, water treatment, meters, fuel gas, green plumbing, and more.

Members: have you opted-in to our new text renewal service?
To make renewing your membership even easier, ASPE has introduced a free automated text renewal service. If you opt-in, you will receive two messages in advance of your membership renewal deadline, with a number to call in your renewal payment in addition to a link to our online renewal system. To participate, go to aspe.org/user, log in with your username and password, add your cell phone number to your record, and make sure you click the “opt in” box, which will give ASPE permission to send you renewal reminders via SMS. If you have any questions, contact Stacey A. Kidd, Director of Membership and Meetings, at skidd@aspe.org

Earn your CPDT designation this fall
Are you a plumbing designer interested in obtaining a Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation, but you don’t have the required years of experience yet? ASPE’s newest certification program, Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT), is intended as a precursor to the CPD and provides professional recognition of plumbing designers in the early stages of their careers. The next CPDT exam will be held at testing sites around the country on October 29 and 30. To learn more and register, go to aspe.org/cpdt. Registration is open until September 25.

The latest ASPE Journal is now available
In the third-quarter 2015 ASPE Journal, available for members only, you can learn how to design hospital plumbing systems that prohibit the spread of diseases as well as read the conclusion to our four-part series on wet venting. ASPE’s Executive Director/CEO and the Membership Committee Chair also provide updates on important member issues. Just go to aspe.org/aspejournal (log-in required).


Don’t forget to reserve your hotel room for the Technical Symposium!
If you are attending the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium but haven’t reserved your room yet, the deadline to receive the low room rate of $129/night at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, which is only available for attendees to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium, is September 4. Reserve your room now so you don’t miss out on this great rate at this four-star hotel conveniently located to many attractions in downtown St. Louis.

Join the ASPE Board of Directors for a panel discussion on October 3
Attendees to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium are invited to join the ASPE Board of Directors for a panel discussion on Saturday, October 3, from 7:30-8:45 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis. Board members will provide an update on Society activities, and members will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to the Society’s strategic plan.

ASPE announces fall committee meetings 
The Society will be holding the following meetings during the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium in St. Louis. All members are invited to attend to learn more about these committees’ activities.

  • Friday, October 2, 7:30-8:45 a.m.: Membership Committee, Education Committee, Legislative Committee
  • Sunday, October 4, 7:30-8:45 a.m.: Long-Range Planning Committee, ASPE Young Professionals, Main Design Standards Committee

Want an ASPE 50th anniversary shirt?
ASPE will be distributing the remaining 50th anniversary polo shirts during the Technical Symposium to those who didn’t receive one at the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition. You can pick up your shirt in the hospitality lounge, located in Regency CD Ballroom in the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday morning from 7-8:45 a.m. (First come, first served as long as supplies last.)

Beat the heat with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters are offering numerous ways to network with fellow plumbing industry professionals, such as picnics, baseball games, product shows, and golf outings. You can learn more about these Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.


U.S. remains a global leader in wind energy
The total installed wind power capacity in the United States grew 8 percent in 2014 and now stands at nearly 66 gigawatts, and U.S. turbines reached a cumulative installed capacity of more than 906 megawatts--enough to power more than 168,000 average American homes, according to two new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy. More>>

Legionella accounts for the majority of drinking water-associated outbreaks
For 2011-2012, Legionella was responsible for 66 percent of outbreaks in the United States, and 12 of the 14 outbreak-associated deaths were caused by Legionella in the plumbing systems of healthcare facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More>>

Drinking Water Protection Act signed to reduce the risk of algal toxins
In response to algae blooms in Lake Erie that threatened drinking water supplies, this new legislation was written to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide a means to assess and manage the risk of algal toxins. More>>

World’s longest undersea water pipeline is completed
The 50-mile undersea section of a pipeline from Turkey to northern Cyprus is suspended as much as 919 feet under the Mediterranean Sea. More>>

Water-saving showerhead startup attracts Apple CEO
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, is one of the first investors in a new product that reportedly cuts water use by up to 70 percent, using only 6 gallons for an average shower. More>>

A book that purifies water?
A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University has developed an instruction manual that both contains information on when and why water should be filtered and acts as the filtering mechanism. Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through. More>>

Research provides new guidance on decontaminating plumbing systems
Recommended protocols for flushing a plumbing system after contamination and removing the contaminated water from the service line, indoor plumbing pipes, and water heater, while also protecting building inhabitants from chemical exposure and preventing damage to sanitary sewer and septic systems, are outlined in a new study by researchers at Purdue University and the Metropolitan State University of Denver. More>>

2015 IAPMO swimming pool code is published
The 2015 Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code contains new requirements for secondary disinfection systems by ultraviolet light or ozone and for the installation, design, and ventilation of chemical feed equipment. More>>

ICC releases updated IBC Handbook
The 2015 International Building Code Illustrated Handbook has been thoroughly revised and contains more than 500 color illustrations and all of the information needed to comply with the requirements of the 2015 IBC.

ASHRAE announces fall online courses
The ASHRAE Learning Institute is offering seminars on commissioning, environmental quality, energy efficiency, HVAC applications, and standards and guidelines. More>>


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