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Vol. 10, No. 16, August 3, 2017

ASPE member Nicholas Hipp, CPD, participates in the 2017 Community Plumbing Challenge
The first part of this year's Community Plumbing Challenge, Design Week, is currently taking place in Cikarang, Indonesia. St. Louis Chapter member Nicholas Hipp, CPD, is a member of the Design Team, which is designing the improved sanitation infrastructure and facilities that will eventually be constructed in Cicau Village in November. You can follow the Community Plumbing Challenge on their Facebook page and find pictures and videos of Nicholas' experience on ASPE's Facebook page.

2017 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show continues to grow
We are pleased to welcome new Product Show exhibitors A.O. Smith (as a Gold Sponsor), Armstrong Fluid Technology (as a Silver Sponsor), and Torna Tech (as a Friend Sponsor). The Product Show has been expanded to two days this year (October 19-20 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal) to allow attendees more time to mingle with the exhibiting manufacturers and service providers in a relaxed atmosphere. You can find the current full list of exhibitors at 2017tech.aspe.org/productshow.html

You still have time to sign up for our August webinar
Our next one-hour webinar, "Water Reuse, Technically Speaking," on August 16 at 2 p.m. EDT, will explain how to successfully integrate a rain/stormwater, graywater, and black water recycling scheme, as well as how regulations inform system design. This webinar awards 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH, and registration is open until August 15 at aspe.org/WaterReuseWebinar.

Technical Symposium standard rate registration deadline is August 31
Have you registered for the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium yet? If not, you still have time to receive the standard registration fee, but only until the end of the month. After that, a $50 late fee kicks in, so don't dawdle any longer. By attending you can earn almost half of the CEUs you need for CPD or CPDT recertification, plus you'll get to network with your colleagues from across North America. Register here: 2017tech.aspe.org.

2017 ASPE Webinar Series continues on September 13
"Professional Liability Issues for Engineers" will provide an overview of the types of insurance coverage available, legal issues, errors and omissions, statutes of limitation and statutes of repose, and what to look for in contracts that will impact your liability exposure. You can register now at aspe.org/profliab.

ASPE seeks test writers
We are looking for some volunteers, preferably CPDs, to write multiple-choice tests for our popular Read, Learn, Earn program. Each test will take approximately one hour to write, and you will be able to earn CEU credit. To volunteer or for more information, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

Download the CPDT Study Guide to help prepare for the exam
If you are taking the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) Exam in October, download our free study guide, which contains useful information to help you study. Registration for the exam is open at aspe.org/cpdt-exam

2018 CPD Exam dates are announced
The next Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) Exam will be held on April 5 and 6, 2018, and registration will open on December 1. You can learn more about this international certification program for plumbing engineers at aspe.org/CPD.

WQA/ASPE S-803 is open for a second public review
Comments on changes as a result of the first public review for the revision to this standard on sustainable drinking water treatment systems will be accepted until August 27, 2017. You can access the revisions and the comment form here.

Watts Water Technologies renews as an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor
ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program benefits manufacturers by providing valuable exposure to the plumbing design industry through our marketing vehicles, publications, and events, and we are proud to announce that Watts Water Technologies, a global manufacturer headquartered in the USA that provides one of the broadest plumbing, heating, and water quality product lines in the world, recently renewed their status for the third year. To learn more or to sign up as an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, contact Brian Henry at bhenry@aspe.org or 847.296.0002 x235.

Members: the third-quarter ASPE Board Report is now available
To learn what's been happening at the national level in the last quarter, go to aspe.org/BODnewsletter (member login required) where you can find updates on the Professional Engineer Working Group, the new Education & Research Foundation, Region activities, membership stats, and more.

Study confirms the cause of the Flint water crisis
University of Michigan researchers have found direct evidence that lead leached into the water system because the water wasn't treated to prevent corrosion. Close examination of the rust layer in the service lines revealed holes where the lead used to be. More>>

More than 2.1 trillion gallons have been saved through the WaterSense program since 2006
In addition, the program has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 284 billion kilowatt hours, which translates into $46.3 billion in water and energy bill savings. More>>

In related news, the U.S. House of Representatives' Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has issued its Fiscal Year 2018 agency funding report, which rejects the proposed elimination of WaterSense, and another new bill was introduced on Tuesday to authorize the program. More>>

Chicago leads the country in green office space
The Chicago market claimed the top spot in the fourth-annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University, with 66 percent of its space qualified as green certified, followed by San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, and Minneapolis. More>>

New database lists pollutants in almost all U.S. public water systems
EWG's Tap Water Database details all contaminants detected in tests by the utilities and reported to federal or state authorities and compares the levels to the safe levels set by scientific research. More>>

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New robot can find even tiny leaks with pinpoint precision
The system developed by MIT researchers uses a small device that looks like an oversized badminton birdie that is inserted into the water system through a fire hydrant and moves passively with the flow, detecting variations in pressure as it moves through the pipe. More>>

ASHRAE seeks comments on guideline to minimize Legionellosis in building water systems
Those interested in reviewing the guideline can do so at ashrae.org/publicreviews. Comments will be accepted until September 11, 2017.

Revised performance requirements for beverage dispensing equipment backflow preventers are published
ASSE 1022-2017: Performance Requirements for Backflow Preventer for Beverage Dispensing Equipment now requires two check valves and an atmospheric vent to be used, among other updates. More>>

HITS Conference is being held September 13-14
The Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems (HITS) 2017 Conference will be held at NSF International's headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will focus on ensuring building water health by reducing HAIs, including Legionella. More>>

Registration is open for the 2017 PMI Conference
Titled "The Spirit of Collaboration," this event is being held on November 13-16 in Sonoma, California. More>>


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