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Vol. 10, No. 8, April 13, 2017 


Registration for the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium is open
Being held in beautiful Montreal, Quebec on October 19-22, ASPE's 2017 Technical Symposium is this year's premier professional development event for plumbing system designers and engineers at all career levels. Whether you are just starting out or are an industry veteran, our Technical Symposium offers an abundance of networking, technical education, and career-boosting opportunities. Check out our new website at 2017tech.aspe.org and register today!

ASPE's Technical Symposium Product Show has been expanded to two days
If you've attended our popular Technical Symposium Product Show before, you will be happy to know that it has been expanded to two days this year (October 19-20), so you will have even more time to chat with our exhibitors. The two-day format also allows those who can't fly in on Thursday night to have time to attend the show on Friday morning before the technical education program begins.

McWane Plumbing Group and Viega join our growing list of Technical Symposium Sponsors
Please help us welcome Gold Sponsor McWane Plumbing Group and Silver Sponsor Viega. Becoming a Sponsor of the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium provides networking opportunities that maximize your company's exposure to the plumbing engineering and design community. Click here to learn more about the benefits of sponsoring and then contact ASPE's Director of Affiliate Relations, Brian Henry, (847.296.0002 x235) to sign up.

Early bird registration rate for our Revit workshops ends April 15
Our full-day, hands-on workshop on Revit MEP will be held on May 1 in Los Angeles, May 8 in Omaha, and May 11 in Houston. You will receive 7.5 hours of continuing education credit for attending, but you must register at aspe.org/revit2017 by this Saturday to receive the discounted early bird rate.

A.O. Smith joins ASPE's CEU Provider Program
As an official ASPE CEU Provider, A.O. Smith is able to offer ASPE continuing education units for the following professional development programs: Introduction to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes, Commercial Gas Water Heater Technologies, and Improving Water Heater Longevity. To learn more about the program or to contact our providers, go to aspe.org/aspe-ceu-provider-program.

You still have time to register for our May 5 workshop in Chicago
This full-day workshop will discuss how to design domestic hot and cold and sanitary sewer systems, including sizing piping and equipment, coordinating space allocations within buildings, and working with architects and structural engineers. You can register at aspe.org/BasicsWorkshop.


Network and have fun with ASPE Chapter members this Spring
The NYC Chapter has just announced an AYP Spring social event on Wednesday, April 26 for both members and nonmembers between the ages of 21 and 35. They will be providing food, drinks, and a water pong tournament from 5-10 p.m. at the Grohe Live Showroom. You can RSVP to Brian Schatz at bschatz@akfgroup.com. For more information on other Chapter networking events, go to aspe.org/chapterevents.

Public comments on two revised sustainability standards are due tomorrow
Comments on revisions to WQA/ASPE/NSF S-802 (2017): Sustainable Treatment Media for Drinking Water Applications and WQA/ASPE/NSF S-803 (2017): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT on April 14. The drafts and public comment forms can be found at aspe.org/publicreview.

Find out how Midwest towns are tackling the lead problem
From charging homeowners to leasing water tower space to relying on corrosion control, municipalities are implementing different ways to finance needed upgrades to drinking water infrastructure, according to this article by Bloomberg.

Did a lack of corrosion control cause a deadly Legionnaires outbreak?
According to research by Marc Edwards, the professor who found lead in Flint's drinking water, the decision to use untreated water from the Flint River most likely created conditions that allowed legionella to thrive in buildings where it could not do so previously. More>>

States could supplement freshwater supplies with brackish water
A recent USGS study found that the amount of brackish groundwater underlying the country is more than 800 times the amount currently used each year, and advances in desalination technology could make this resource a valid option for uses that don't require high-quality water. More>>

Americans tend to be water conscious
According to a study conducted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers, 46 percent of participants are "water considerate," and 44 percent are "water savvy conservationists." More>>

Australia brings maximum PFAS chemical levels in line with U.S. standards
The change was made due to contaminations of drinking water by this chemical used in firefighting foam that were detected near airports and military bases. More>>

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Celebrities join social media campaign to help promote safe drinking water
Sting, Bruno Mars, Ziggy Marley, Shania Twain, Pharrell Williams, and Pitbull are among the more than 790 million people who have joined the Clean Water Here social-media initiative that was launched on World Water Day. More>>

2017 Community Plumbing Challenge location is announced
Cicau Village (West Java, Indonesia) will host this year's international Community Plumbing Challenge, which will feature teams from around the world who will work together to deliver improved sanitation infrastructure and facilities in the area. More>>

Free ASHRAE webcast is being held April 20
"Take Control: Using Analytics to Drive Building Performance" will discuss how applying best practice controls can improve building operations to reduce costs and increase performance. More>>

Water reuse conference is being held May 21-23 in Atlanta
The program includes tours of the Georgia Aquarium and the WaterHub at Emory University, as well as presentations on water reuse strategies for commercial and industrial facilities. More>>


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