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Vol. 11, No. 7, March 29, 2018 

2018 ASPE Convention & Expo registration opens soon!
The 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo, being held in Atlanta on September 28 – October 3, is the only event this year designed to enhance the professional development, technical knowledge, and career growth of plumbing industry experts. It combines the largest tradeshow dedicated exclusively to plumbing system design products and services with an education program geared toward professionals at all career levels. To learn what exciting features and events will be included this year, visit expo.aspe.org.

Helping our members safeguard global public health
As part of our mission to protect the health and safety of people around the world through the delivery of clean drinking water and safe sanitation practices, ASPE participates in the annual Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC), which is presented by the International Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH). Several of our members have participated in CPC events in India, South Africa, and Indonesia, and we are proud to highlight their accomplishments with our new webpage at aspe.org/CPC.

Reminder: CPD exam candidates can now bring printed materials to the testing center
If you are taking the CPD exam on April 5 or 6, check out the changes to the open-book policy at aspe.org/CPDOpenBookFAQs or watch our informational chat at aspe.org/CPDChat. For last-minute help studying for the exam, sign up for our CPD Review Webinars at aspe.org/cpd-webinar-registration.

Early bird rate for our Revit MEP workshop in Houston ends April 15
This one-day, hands-on workshop on May 10 will teach intermediate users how to optimize project workflows in Revit MEP 2018 to design functional and graphically pleasing plumbing systems. Attendees will earn 0.75 CEUs or 7.5 PDHs, but attendance is limited to eight people so register soon at aspe.org/revit2018.

Reverse osmosis experts are encouraged to join WQA's standard development working group
ASPE and the Water Quality Association (WQA) are preparing to expand the scope of WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2017): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems to include reverse osmosis (RO) systems and membrane components and seek volunteers to assist with drafting the environmental criteria for this additional product category. Individuals interested in joining WQA's Standard Development Working Group for membranes/RO systems should contact WQA Sustainability Certification Manager Stuart Mann at smann@wqa.org or 630-929-2546.

Have you followed ASPE on social media lately?
Whether you use Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, be sure to follow us to be the first to know about educational events, the 2018 Convention & Expo, news from our industry partners, and other information that will help you succeed in the plumbing system design community. We also are now on Instagram!

Celebrate Spring with ASPE Chapters
ASPE's Houston Chapter is holding its 43rd Annual Product Show and Technical Seminars on April 4; the Charlotte Chapter is holding an AYP hockey outing on April 8; and golf outings are being held in New Orleans on April 9, West Coast Florida on April 13, and Columbia on April 20. To learn more about these and other local Chapter networking events, visit aspe.org/chapterevents.

More than 5 billion people worldwide could suffer water shortages by 2050
However, the potential savings of sustainable, nature-based practices could exceed the projected increase in global demand for water, according to the 2018 World Water Development Report. More>>

WaterSense to be funded through September
A $1.3 trillion government spending bill signed last week by President Trump instructs the EPA to continue funding WaterSense at 2017 levels and also includes new funds for water quality infrastructure projects. More>>

States score a "C" in water efficiency and conservation
According to the 2017 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard, most states still lack effective laws that advance water efficiency and long-term climate resiliency. More>>

ICC publishes commentary to accessibility standard
ICC A117.1-2017 Standard and Commentary contains the full text of ICC A117.1-2017: Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, including tables and figures, followed by the corresponding commentary for each section.


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Registration is open for the 2018 IAPMO conference
IAPMO's 89th annual Education and Business Conference will be held in Philadelphia on September 30 – October 4. The early bird fee ends August 31. More>>

Early bird rate for ASHRAE's annual conference ends April 30
The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Houston on June 23–27, and registration is available here.

ARCSA Board member talks about irrigation in PBS interview
The Austin-based PBS show "Central Texas Gardener" interviewed ARCSA Board member Chris Maxwell-Gaines about rainwater harvesting for irrigation use. You can watch the segment online here.

IWSH announces its 2018 scholarship essay competition
High school seniors and college-level students are invited to submit an essay answering "If you had to choose one location within the United States to conduct the next Community Plumbing Challenge, which location would you choose and why?" Eligibility requirements and rules can be found here.

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