Vol. 8, No. 21, October 15, 2015                                         

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ASPE and ARCSA sign a memorandum of understanding
On October 3, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Billy Smith, FASPE, and David Crawford, President of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), signed a memorandum of understanding to continue expanding opportunities for both organizations to advance the health and safety of the public. This MOU builds on the relationship ASPE and ARCSA have developed in collaborating on two industry standards related to the collection of rainwater: ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems and ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 78: Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use Applications.

Check out pictures from the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium
Official photos from the event are available to view and download at aspe.smugmug.com/Events/2015TechSymp. Highlights from the 2015 Technical Symposium also will be included in the November issue of Plumbing Engineer

Members give to Special Olympics
While ASPE was in St. Louis for the 2015 Technical Symposium, Special Olympics Missouri held an event called Over the Edge, in which participants rappelled 17 stories down the Hyatt Regency at the Arch to raise money for the organization. When ASPE members learned about this event, they generously took a collection during Saturday’s lunch and raised more than $450 for Special Olympics, which was donated by ASPE President, Mitch Clemente, CPD.

ASPE Executive Director is appointed to WE-Stand committee
Billy Smith, FASPE, ASPE’s Executive Director/CEO, has been appointed as a voting member on IAPMO’s Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard Technical Committee (WE-Stand TC), which will be developing an American National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation to be known as IAPMO/ANSI WE-Stand 2017. When published, the standard will replace the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement.

Congratulations new GPDs!
The following individuals successfully completed the recent Green Plumbing Design workshop and exam in St. Louis and now are eligible to use the GPD designation: Sherry A. Abbott-Adkins, PE, CPD, LEED AP, GPD, Baltimore Chapter; Hal W. Alvord, CPD, GPD, Los Angeles Chapter; Paul L. Baker, PE, CPD, GPD, Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter; Sarah A. Balz, PE, CPD, LEED AP, GPD, Wisconsin Chapter; David A. Colaiacovo, CPD, GPD, Atlanta Chapter; Andrew James Flanagan, PE, LEED AP, GPD, Portland Chapter; Donald Patrick Goodman, CPD, GPD, Richmond Chapter; Clifford Dee Holmes, PE, GPD, Intermountain Chapter; Brent Irwin, PE, GPD, Seattle Chapter; Donald Peter Kemp, CPD, GPD, Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter; William K. Klock, CPD, GPD, Philadelphia Chapter; Douglas S. Lamping, CPD, GPD, Minnesota Chapter; Brian Scott Lawson, PE, GPD, Seattle Chapter; Pramod Maheshwari, PE, GPD, Baltimore Chapter; Joseph G. Manning, CPD, GPD, Memphis Chapter; Ramdeo Maraj, CPD, GPD, Miami Chapter; Richard Alan O'Berry, CPD, GPD, Richmond Chapter; Michael C. Olson, CPD, GPD, FASPE, Phoenix Chapter; Fermin Ulit, CPD, EIT, GPD, Columbia Chapter; and Robert C. Yoakum, CPD, LEED AP, GPD, Central Ohio Chapter.


Next GPD workshop to be held in Baltimore 
ASPE and IAPMO have announced that the next Green Plumbing Design workshop will be held January 18-19, 2016, in Baltimore. Go to aspe.org/gpd for more information on this certificate program, which recognizes individuals with advanced skills in sustainable plumbing system design. 

2016 ASPE Workshop Series starts with hands-on Revit training
ASPE is excited to kick-start next year's Workshop Series with Revit 2015 courses in Baltimore (January 19-20), Chicago (February 24-25), and St. Louis (March, dates TBD). This course will help mechanical and plumbing designers maximize your project workflows and design functional and graphically pleasing plumbing systems using Revit 2015. Registration and more information are available at aspe.org/2016revit.

Revisions to WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 are available for public review
The Working Group responsible for developing WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems has completed new modules under the core standard that are available for public review until November 1, 2015. You can access the changes and the comment form here.

ASPE College of Fellows is accepting applications
The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows is comprised of ASPE members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. Visit aspe.org/fellows or contact Stacey A. Kidd for more information on how to nominate a member for this lifetime honor. Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2016.

Members: are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in your area?
The Merit Badge Counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest--whether it is a special craft or hobby, a profession, or a life skill--as a Merit Badge Counselor you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so Scouts can explore a new interest. It is easy to become a volunteer. You will need to register with the Boy Scouts of America by contacting your local BSA Council and obtaining, completing, and turning in an application, which will be processed by the Council. (Every applicant is screened.) If you are interested in serving your community in this fashion and require assistance, please contact Scott Steindler.


ASPE Chapters are recognized for membership and volunteer efforts
On October 3, numerous ASPE Chapters received awards for their contributions to the Society, their members, and their communities. The Chapter Award of Merit was presented to Chapters that made extraordinary contributions on behalf of the Society. (The names listed are the Presidents for the 2014-2015 year.) The Membership Growth Award was given to the top three Chapters in two categories, Chapters with up to 99 members and Chapters with 100 or more members, and the Membership Retention Award was given to Chapters that retained 90 percent or more of their previous year’s membership. (The names listed are the Membership Vice Presidents for the 2014-2015 year.)

Chapter Award of Merit

  • Long Island, Vincent Falkowski, PE, PMP, CCM
  • New York City, Vicenzo Rotoli, PE
  • Philadelphia, Dawn Bishop
  • Richmond, Istvan Martis, CPD, GPD
  • Central Ohio, Mark G. Simpson, CPD
  • Cleveland, John Alex Varga, PE
  • Central Indiana, David N. Townsend, CPD
  • Eastern Michigan, William A. Grayzar, CPD
  • Pittsburgh, Donald R. Ditter, CPD
  • Atlanta, Joseph Messina, CPD, FASPE
  • Central Florida, Robert Lowell, CPD
  • West Coast Florida, Curtis Ray, CPD
  • Intermountain, Jed Lyman, PE
  • Los Angeles, William Lee Siler
  • Phoenix, Michael Olson, CPD, FASPE
  • Central Texas, Christopher Phillips, CPD, GPD
  • Chicago, Richard Butler
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Gwynne Morrison, CPD, LEED AP
  • Houston, Anthony Jaspal, PE, CPD
  • Kansas City, Jeffery Kling, PE, LEED AP
  • Minnesota, John Gunderson, CPD
  • Omaha, Charles Robison
  • St. Louis, Paul Hellickson
  • Wisconsin, Cory Powers, CPD

Membership Growth Award

  • Richmond, Eric Scott, CPD
  • Central Indiana, Daniel Cummins
  • Central Illinois, Edward Garrett
  • New York City, Jonathan Ross
  • Wisconsin, Richard Davison
  • San Francisco, Bill Allan

Membership Retention Award

  • Baltimore, Andrew Cahill
  • Connecticut, Kevin Long
  • Long Island, Jay D'Agostino
  • Richmond, Eric Scott, CPD
  • Virginia Blue Ridge, Jason Price
  • Washington, D.C., Evan Anderson
  • Central Indiana, Daniel Cummins
  • Central Ohio, Chad Dupler
  • Pittsburgh, Paul McKee
  • Rochester, Douglas Meier
  • Southwestern Ohio, Ronald B. Cobb, PE, CPD, LEED AP
  • Atlanta, Jeff Long
  • Charlotte, Laura Pelchat
  • Greenville, Bruce McCarter
  • Intermountain, Nick Allred, CPD
  • Los Angeles, John Zagorski
  • Central Illinois, Edward Garrett
  • Minnesota, Peter Michael Dzubay
  • Omaha, Scott W. Green
  • Wisconsin, Richard E. Davison

Former ASPE Board member passes away
Long-time ASPE member Timothy A. Smith, CPD, GPD, FASPE, passed away on October 13, 2015. Tim joined ASPE on January 24, 1985 and was a member of the Chicago Chapter. He served on the national Board of Directors in various roles from 2004-2012 and was a member of the Technical & Research and Legislative Committees. Tim was inducted in the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows on October 26, 2010.

“Improve Chapter Performance” webinar dates have been announced
To help Chapters improve member communication and participation, ASPE and StarChapter will be holding free webinars on the following dates for Chapter leaders to learn about this exciting service: October 27, November 17, and December 8, 2015 and January 12, 2016. Go to aspe.org/chapterofficers for more information.

Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
ASPE’s Boston Chapter is holding its Biennial Product Show and Education Seminars on November 10 at The Lantana in Randolph, Massachusetts. You can learn more about this and other Chapter networking events at aspe.org/chapterevents.


PERC releases Phase 2 of its drainline carry study
The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC), of which ASPE is a member, recently published The Drainline Transport of Solid Waste in Buildings-Phase 2.0, which is available on PERC’s website. The report provides new insights into the performance of building drains as water flows are incrementally reduced as a result of water-efficiency regulations, specifically the potential for a sanitary pipe size reduction to improve drainline transport characteristics and help facilitate further flow reductions in plumbing fixtures.

Proposed legislation would strengthen federal water-efficiency efforts
The Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2015 (WATER Use) would codify the WaterSense certification program, direct all federal agencies to give purchase preference to WaterSense-certified products and services, and provide assistance for incentive programs. More>>

Many Canadians are making little effort to conserve water
According to a new Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) survey, 75 percent of Canadians make little, no, or moderate efforts to conserve water, although 85 percent of respondents reported using some form of water-saving technology. More>>

New permeable concrete can absorb more than 1,000 gallons of water in a minute
The material is stronger than most existing permeable surfaces, meaning it could be practically applied on parking lots and streets and enable better stormwater management. More>>

Kohler and Delta Faucet are named 2015 WaterSense partners of the year
Kohler was honored for the third consecutive year and Delta Faucet was honored for the first time with WaterSense Sustained Excellence Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More>> 

IAPMO seeks proposals for new water-efficiency and sanitation standard
Formal proposals toward the development of the 2017 Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard (WE-Stand) will be accepted until December 1, 2015. The proposal form and the WE-Stand draft document can be found here.

Free webinar on cooling tower management being held October 29
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is hosting this webinar on water efficiency and safety in cooling towers from 2-3 p.m. EST. Registration is available here.

NSF/ANSI 50 now addresses the health effects of pool chemicals
The new edition of NSF/ANSI 50: Equipment for Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Other Recreational Water Facilities evaluates the risk and toxicity of pool chemicals and also requires testing for trace contaminants in chemicals used in the treatment and circulation systems of swimming pools, spas, and waterparks. More>>



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