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President's Report

Greetings,

You may have heard the latest rumblings from the Seattle City Council regarding the elimination of gas service to new buildings. This sounds good on the surface to replace gas furnaces and water heaters to electric type. Obviously, there won’t be any flues through the roof polluting the atmosphere. On the back side of this we should consider where this electric energy comes from. The northwest electric power grid already uses 100% of all available green power to generate electricity. This includes hydropower, solar and wind farms. Yet this is not enough to meet current electric power requirements. Energy companies must burn fossil fuels such as natural gas to make up the difference in demand. In fact, roughly 1/3 of the electric power in the United States comes from burning natural gas. Unfortunately, the equipment energy companies use to convert natural gas to electricity is not very efficient.

Energy companies are going to burn (roughly) twice as much gas to produce electricity to heat the same amount of hot water, then if the gas was used directly on site. Here are the numbers: According to the US Energy Information Administration it takes an average of 7,822 BTUH of natural gas to generate 1 KWH of electrical energy. This data is from 2018 historical records. One KWH of electrical energy is equivalent to 3,412 BTUs of heat in electrical heating system. In a 90% efficient gas boiler or water heater, it would require 3,791 BTUs of energy to heat that water. That is less than half of the 7,822 BTUH of natural gas used to generate 1 KWH. Until we get more green power online for generating electricity, it will be better for the planet not to eliminate gas service to new buildings.

For our next meeting in December we will start phasing out the food emojis we have used to indicate to the wait staff our specific food order. It doesn’t seem to help quiet down our food orders during the presentation. Instead we will try to have the food orders at the table before the presentation starts.

The product show is coming soon in March of 2020! We have already booked the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle for it. Michael Keim is heading this effort up and we thank him for it! We call on all product representatives to participate as soon as possible. As Ed Sullivan would say. It will be a really big shew!

We have picked a Mariner Game earlier in the 2020 season. Ann Napier will be organizing this, and she will fill you all in on the details as they develop.

For now, If I do not see you at the December ASPE meeting, I wish you all a happy holiday season!

Frank Van Der Harst-Seattle ASPE President

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Legislative Report

SAVE THE DATE: THE 2020 ASPE CONVENTION & EXPO WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 11-16

ASPE's Convention & Expo is the only event designed to enhance the professional development, technical education, and career growth of plumbing engineering professionals, and next year it is being held in New Orleans on September 11-16. At the 2020 ASPE Convention & Expo you will discover game-changing innovations, profitable solutions, and new ideas to maintain your competitive edge. Combining professional development sessions designed exclusively for plumbing industry professionals with the largest plumbing product tradeshow in the country, the 2020 ASPE Convention & Expo will be the must-attend event of the year.

2015 WASHINGTON STATE ENERGY CODE PROGRESS TOWARD 2030 – REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE

REVISION TO NSF/ANSI 55 ALLOWS UV-LED TECHNOLOGY TO TREAT MICROORGANISMS

Treatment systems now covered by the standard use ultraviolet light to inactivate or kill bacteria, viruses, and cysts in microbiologically unsafe water (Class A systems) or to reduce the amount of non-disease-causing bacteria in disinfected drinking water (Class B systems). More>>

ORANGE COUNTY WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICTS BREAK GROUND ON PROJECT THAT RECYCLES 100% OF AVAILABLE WASTEWATER FLOWS INTO DRINKING WATER FOR 1 MILLION PEOPLE

The Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) celebrated the Final Expansion of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by elected officials, project stakeholders and industry professionals.

Instead of discharging treated wastewater to the Pacific Ocean, OCSD treats it and produces water clean enough to undergo purification at the GWRS. This water is then purified at the GWRS using a three-step advanced process consisting of microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide. The result is high quality water that meets and exceeds state and federal drinking water standards. This purified water is then injected into a seawater barrier and pumped to recharge basins where it naturally percolates into the Orange County Groundwater Basin, managed by OCWD, and supplements Orange County’s drinking water supplies.

Currently, GWRS water accounts for one-third of the water that is put into the basin.

http://aspe.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0yODA4MTUyJnA9MSZ1PTM5MzE0NTI1NCZsaT0yMTQwNTAzNA/index.html

MORE THAN 2 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE WITHOUT RUNNING WATER AND BASIC INDOOR PLUMBING, REPORT SAYS

Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States, by DigDeep and the U.S. Water Alliance, finds that communities facing water access challenges exist in every state, with Alaska, Maine, and New Mexico among the hardest hit. Also, Native American households are 19 times more likely than white households to lack indoor plumbing.

PLAN REVIEW FORECAST

Public Health Seattle/King County- (Seattle) Plumbing Permit:

Seattle Plumbing plan review projects are currently taking up to (8) weeks. No intake appointment required. Plans are dropped off to Public Health Seattle/King County office.

City of Bellevue Plumbing Permit: No intake appointment required. Documents are submitted online.

Bellevue’s ESTIMATED target review time: (2-3) weeks

City of Tacoma Plumbing Permit: No intake appointment required. Documents are submitted online.

Tacoma’s ESTIMATED target review time: (3-4) weeks

City of Redmond -Plumbing review time can take up to (2) weeks, unless more information is needed

Washington State Department of Health (DOH):

For all healthcare facilities, a construction review process is required by DOH. The expected review time…… (25) business days.

Michael Curtright, LEED AP, CPD, Vice President of Legislative

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Technical Report

Season’s Greetings!! As we wrap up the year, I hope everyone gets time to reflect on their year and personal growth. There are always challenges to advancing your learning and I would like to personally thank of our Seattle Chapter members for their commitment to the chapter and to supporting ASPE. Our industry would not be the same without you.

As a reminder, Chapter CEUs are now issued directly from ASPE. I will be relying on ASPE’s new system for Education to generate CEUs. The nice part of this is that the CEUs will be stored by ASPE and connected to your member profile. When it comes time to renew your CPD or CPDT, the CEUs will already be loaded to your account.

Mark your calendars now for the 2020 ASPE Convention & Expo. It will be held September 11-16, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. Planning is already underway for technical sessions and fun activities in the Big Easy! More details will be available on the ASPE website in the Spring.

https://expo.aspe.org/

In May, ASPE will be co-sponsoring the 2020 Emerging Water Technology Symposium, May 12-13, in San Antonio. The Emerging Water Technology Symposium provides a unique opportunity to meeting well-known experts from across the globe. Participants are able to discover ideas and approaches about emerging technologies coming to market; learn about innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts; view presentations; and engage in timely discussions on how the water utility, manufacturing, engineering and trade industries have found solutions through emerging technologies for the water efficiency, plumbing and mechanical industries.

https://ewts.org/

Upcoming Technical Meetings

Month

Topic & Speaker

December

2019

Flexible Sprinkler Fittings

Mike Bell (Victaulic)

January

2020

Engineered Solutions to Design out Legionella

Craig Boyce (Kemper Water Control)

February

2020

Composting Toilet Systems

Geoff Hill (Toilet Tech)

March

2020

ASPE Seattle Product Show

Speaker & Topic To Be Determined

April

2020

Speaker & Topic To Be Determined

May

2020

Speaker & Topic To Be Determined
***Possible Field Trip***

June

2020

Speaker & Topic To Be Determined

July

2020

ASPE Seattle Golf Outing

There are a few meeting openings in the spring to fill up, so if you have topics or speakers you would like to suggest, you can email me! 

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SEATTLE CHAPTER PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS***

One of ASPE’s Committees is the Professional Engineer Working Group and they are working to “…develop a program for the placement of a plumbing OPTION within the framework of the Mechanical Engineering Principles and Practice (MEPP) examination as developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by the various state boards of registration/licensure.”

To support this effort for WA State, the ASPE Seattle Board is requesting all chapter members that are professional engineers to get involved and write a letter of support using ASPE’s templates and guidelines

I will be sending out a targeted message to our PE’s soon so watch your inboxes!

You can find more information here:  https://www.aspe.org/membership-global-community/committees/professional-engineer-working-group/

Jonathan Franzese P.E. PEng CPD

VP Technical

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VP Membership Report

Hello there,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday spent with family and friends.  The weather was beautiful the entire weekend; although it really cold.  It was nice to get a long weekend to relax a little.

Thanks go out to Kelly Nelson, with BeaconMedaes, for his informative presentation on Medical Gas System Design.  While I was unable to attend the November meeting, I understand his presentation was interesting and well received.  We appreciate Kelly Nelson and BeaconMedaes’ contribution to the Seattle ASPE chapter.

Just in case you haven’t already been informed, ASPE has completely revamped their national website.  When you get a chance, go to ASPE.org and see what they’ve done with the place.  I believe you might need to log in with new credentials.  The username should be your email address and your password should be your membership number.  You will now have one username and password for ASPE.org, ASPE Connect, and ASPE Education.  The new website went through a complete renovation and is streamlined for ease of use for the members, chapter officers, potential new members, and ASPE supporters.  Check it out!

Unfortunately, there are no new members to report this month. 

The following members are celebrating their anniversary with ASPE this December:

Linda Coppa

1 year

Jennifer Moore

1 year

Congratulations to each of you.

I hope every one of you has a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and a healthy and prosperous New Year.  Here’s to getting all the toys you’re wishing for.

If you’re not already a member of the Seattle chapter, please consider joining.  If you are a member, and know someone that might benefit by joining ASPE, please encourage them to become a club member.  This is a great venue to network with other engineers and vendors.

Gary Fox – VP Membership

Seattle ASPE

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Cole Industrial, Inc.

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Columbia Hydronics

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JR Smith

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MIFAB

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Schott

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T&S Brass

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