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Product Show Announcement

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ASPE Seattle Chapter’s 9th Annual Technical Product Show
March 20th 2019 – 4 – 7 PM at the Westin Hotel – 1900 5th Ave downtown

It’s not too late to help get the word out about our 9th Annual Seattle ASPE Product Show. We are back at the Westin hotel, but in a new space.

There will be complementary food and beverages for everyone attending. The Cocktail Bar is thanks to Hurley Engineering and the Appetizer Buffet is sponsored by Braley Gray & Associates.

Here’s your call to action!

1)      RSVP here: 2019 Seattle ASPE Product Show

  • Note the new location - Westin Hotel – 1900 5th Ave downtown

2)      Please help spread the word! Tell your colleagues, customers, and friends. Free food and drinks!

  • Post and/or share the announcement in this newsletter!

We have received a fantastic response from our great vendors. That means there will lots of cool new products to check out and lots of opportunities to network.

This will be another great event and shouldn’t be missed! Thank you for your support of our ASPE Chapter! I look forward to seeing you there.

Bob Tampa – Product Show Chair


2019 Seattle ASPE Technical Product Show Sponsors (as of 2/28)
Space is still available – register here!

Bailey Sales

Beacon Medaes

Big Dog Sales

Braley-Gray – Appetizer Bar Sponsor!


Columbia Hydronics

Georg Fischer

Gordon GT  & Associates

Guardian Equipment

Hurley Engineering – Cocktail Bar Sponsor!

Johnson Industries



McWane Plumbing

Mechanical Solutions

New Age Castings


Spec Sales

Stone-Drew/Ashe & Jones



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President's Report



We will have our Product Show on March 20 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. This is a free event and features over 30 tables of products from various manufacturers used in the plumbing industry today. You will not find this kind of event anywhere in this area. The nearest similar event will be in Pittsburg in September of this year and the next one will be the ASPE Product Show in New Orleans in September of 2020. Our Product Show is happening right here, right now! Don’t miss it. One advantage of having a Product Show locally is that you will know which products are well represented here. You would not use products that are not well represented locally, would you?


I would like to thank our local product manufacturer’s representatives for participating in our Product Show. Without them this would not be possible. They have always stepped up for this event and we value their support of the chapter throughout the year.


In a recent article from the Seattle Times highlighted the fact that more than half of Washington state schools have a high level of lead in their drinking water. To be specific, 61% of the schools sampled had lead levels exceeding 1 part per billion. This was not a scientific random sample of schools but rather a voluntary sampling of schools that chose to have their water tested. Washington state does not have mandatory testing for lead in schools, so there is no way the public will know if their child’s school has dangerous levels of lead. How dangerous is it? That is another debatable issue. Lead is poisonous to everyone, but it is especially dangerous for children whose growing bodies more readily absorb the lead. Exposure to lead can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and can also damage the kidneys, blood and nervous system. The debatable part is how much lead is bad for you? The American Academy of Pediatricians say over 1 part per billion is bad for you. The Federal government standard says over 15 parts per billion is bad for you. Federal government standards are going to be less stringent for political reasons or just because research is delayed due to lack of funding. It would be safe to assume that over 15 parts per billion will be very bad for your children. About 5% of the Washington Schools exceeded 15 parts per billion. One elementary school, Washington Elementary School, in Auburn tested at 269 parts per billion! This is extremely bad. Since testing is voluntary by the schools it is hard to know if your child’s school exceed any of these levels.


Where does the lead come from? Old water piping systems and old plumbing fixtures. Modern codes mandate that plumbing faucets, valves, backflow preventers, pressure reducing valves, all kinds of valves, and even solder that is in contact with potable water, must be “lead free”. The definition goes like this, “the weighted average of less than .25% across the wetted surface of a pipe, fitting or faucet and 0.20% of lead in solder or flux.”. It was only in 2011 that this law took effect and lowered the safe amount of lead in plumbing systems from 8% to .25%. In 1986 the safe amount of lead was lowered from “whatever” to 8% in piping and fittings.


New schools will have less chance of having high lead levels. If your child’s school was built after 2011 then it should be lead free. Any school or any building built before 2011 may have unacceptable levels of lead in the drinking water. It is hard to tell without testing. Buildings built before 1986 will probably have very bad levels of lead. The safest thing to do is to drink bottled water and not eat there. On the other hand, millions of people have been going to public schools before 1986 and they have, for the most part, turned out all right. And as Friedrich Nietzsche used to say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” There is hope for all of us.


~Frank Van Der Harst, ASPE President


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Legislative Report

2019 UPC and UMC Technical Meetings

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202
April 29 - May 2, 2019

WE-Stand Technical Committee Meeting 2019

IAPMO World Headquarters - West

4755 E. Philadelphia St.

Ontario, CA 91761

April 9 - 10, 2019


The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE” or “the Department”) proposes to update and modernize the Department's current rulemaking methodology titled, “Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products” (“Process Rule”). In overview, in this document, DOE is proposing to clarify that the Process Rule applies to the establishment of new or revised energy conservation standards and test procedures for both consumer products and commercial/industrial equipment. This proposed rule would make the specified rulemaking procedures binding on DOE, and it would also revise language in certain provisions to make it consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (“EPCA”), as amended, and other applicable law. It also proposes to expand early opportunities for public input on the Appliance Program's priority setting and rulemaking activities, to define a significant energy savings threshold for updating energy conservation standards, to commit to publishing final test procedures at least 180 days in advance of a standards proposal, and to delineate procedures for rulemaking under the separate direct final rule and negotiated rulemaking authorities, among other issues. DOE may consider additional changes to the Process Rule in a future proceeding. In addition to requesting written comments on its proposal, DOE will also hold a public meeting at DOE Headquarters to discuss this proposal and obtain additional input.


DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking before and after the public meeting, but no later than April 15, 2019.


As cities face growing challenges ensuring a safe, reliable, long-term water supply, new research from the Alliance for Water Efficiency proves that urban landscapes represent a promising source of untapped water savings that can help stretch existing water supplies and increase resiliency to potential shortages.

AWE’s Landscape Transformation study, the most expansive and diverse assessment to date of outdoor water efficiency programs, revealed that single family customers achieved average savings ranging from a 7 percent reduction in water use up to 39 percent after participating in a program. The research, conducted over a two year period, included 14 community-driven programs, including incentives for efficient irrigation technologies, free distribution of mulch, turf removal and water-wise re-landscaping, and customer site audits.


ASSE International, in collaboration with Special Pathogens Laboratory, is developing a new professional qualifications standard. This standard will define the general knowledge requirements for conducting facility risk assessments and implementing water management programs to prevent infections due to Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.


On January 15th, 2019, the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and the Construction Technologies Institute of the Italian National Research Council (ITC-CNR) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding at the University of Miami’s Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. This agreement will help streamline evaluation processes for manufacturers in the U.S. and Italy, save time and money, reduce barriers to trade, and improve market access for safe and compliant building materials.



The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), developer of the Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code (USHGC) and Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code (USPSHTC), is calling for formal code proposals toward the development of the 2021 editions of these American National Standard designated model codes.

The code proposal form, as well as proposal instructions and background on IAPMO’s ANSI-accredited consensus process, can be found at All proposals recommending new text, revised text, or the deletion of text must be written in legislative format and clearly state the reason behind the recommendation.

No proposals will be accepted after the 5 p.m. PST deadline on March 4, 2019.


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Technical Report

March VP Tech Article

As plumbing engineers, we’re always interested in water and controlling it. However when that water falls as snow from the sky, we’re as helpless as anyone else. After being snowbound for a few days, I was excited to get back to my daily routine. I hope everyone enjoyed a little time outside playing with kids, shoveling your sidewalks, or just watching the snow fall with a hot chocolate. We are quickly approaching the end of our ASPE year with only 2 technical presentations left and our field trip in April.


The Seattle ASPE Product Show is this month and will feature a technical presentation for the Product Show in March as a nice complement to the table top content. The factory team from Water Control Corp out of Minneapolis, MN will be joining us to talk about Legionella and Pathogen Control in Domestic Water Systems.

  • Biofilm and bacteria growth cycles
  • Legionella growth, life cycle, risk factors, “safe levels,” and virulence
  • Pro’s/cons of different treatment systems
  • High-Capacity Ultrafiltration & Applications


Announcements & Reminders

As Board members, our first priority is to support our members and provide the learning and development opportunities to help them grow professionally. I am already scheduling for the 2019-2020 meetings so if you have any topics to recommend or a great speaker that visited your office and you want to see present to the group, please let me know! I will be sending out a questionnaire out soon to gather ideas for next year.


We are still planning a joint event with the Seattle ASHRAE chapter targeting sometime in 2019. We are proposing either a joint general meeting or perhaps a Young Engineers event. If you have any suggestions or are part of both Chapters and want to be involved in the planning, please let me know.


A reminder for the fall, the 2019 ASPE Technical Symposium will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from October 24th – 27th.  28 – October 3. If you are interested in being a presenter for one of the technical sessions, you can find out more information here:

There is also a small product show and Affiliate members can find more information here:


Upcoming Technical Meetings





Product Show Technical Session
Legionella and Pathogen Control in Domestic Water Systems


Field Trip: State Route 99 Tunnel


Dry Sprinkler Systems

Gregg Vlahakis (Viking Corp)




Jonathan Franzese P.E. PEng CPD

VP Technical

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VP Membership Report

With spring approaching in a few weeks, it doesn’t seem that winter wants to give up quite yet.  I still have snow on the ground at my place and the temperatures are still chilly; especially in the mornings.  Oh well, spring will be here soon.


We have one new member to add to the group this month.  Bobby Lee, with CHC – Columbia Hydronics Company has joined the Seattle chapter.  Make sure you go out of your way to welcome Bobby to the club when you see him at the meetings or product show.


The date for our annual golf tournament has been set.  We will be at Willows Run Golf Course again this year on Friday, July 26th.  Please mark your calendars as this is always a great time.  More details will follow soon.

Thanks to Mike Witzel, with Hollabaugh Brothers & Associates, for his presentation on Sump Pumps and Sewage Ejectors.  Mike’s presentation was very informative and well received by the group.  Thanks again to Mike and Hollabaugh Brothers for their support of the Seattle chapter.


Our annual Seattle Chapter product show is Wednesday, March 20th, back at the Westin Hotel.  This will start at 4 pm and run through 7 pm.  Food and beverage is provided.  Make sure you come out and see what’s new.  I’m sure some of the other board members are providing more detail on this show.


The following is a list of our chapter members who are celebrating anniversaries with ASPE in March:


·         Nagi Bachour                      4 years

·         Cliff Chamberlain                3 years

·         Anna Farlow                       1 year

·         Reed Jackson                     4 years

·         Kevin Jones                        9 years

·         Ed Kommers                       8 years

·         Elhussein Mirghani             3 years

·         Bryan Murdach                   9 years

·         Ray Plesnarski                   1 year

·         Dave Price                        10 years

·         Dennis Richards                20 years

·         Steve Sharratt                     9 years

·         Randy Stabnow                   1 year


Congratulations to you all.


If you’re not already an ASPE member, please consider joining the Seattle chapter.  This is a great venue to network with other engineers and vendors.


Gary Fox – VP Membership

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Tunnel Tour Announcement


Tunnel Tour Announcement

Now that Bertha is gone, the tunnel is open and roads through downtown Seattle have resumed to “normal”. WSDOT is allowing us to come in and have an intimate look at the workings behind the tunnel.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend an informative field trip that will take us into the ventilation rooms, where the 500 HP fans move 160,000 CFM up 40 ft tall, 10 ft diameter, bright yellow stacks.  We’ll also see the pump room, the utility corridor, tunnel drainage system, the hydronic system and (if time) a general tour of the operations building and a peak in the egress corridor.  The tour will specifically take place, in and around the North Operations Building, located at 6th Ave. N & Harrison.  (We will not be walking the length of the tunnel.) 

What:    WSDOT SR99 Tunnel North Operations Building Tour

Where: 6th Ave. N & Harrison Ave.

When:  April 17th, 2019

Time:     11 AM, or 1 PM

Duration:  Approximately 1.5 hours/tour

Cost:      ASPE members (w/box lunch): $35.00, Non-Members (w/lunch): $40.00

Lunch:   Box lunches will be provided, and will be available after the 11 AM tour, and before the 1 PM tour.  There will be approximately 30 minutes between the tours for everyone to eat.

Parking:  On your own.  There is limited street parking in the area.  There are parking lots and garages within a 1-3 block radius.  Carpooling and public transportation is encouraged. 

Space is limited.  Please RSVP.  Should your reservation change, please let us know immediately so someone else can have the opportunity to take that spot.

For questions, please feel free to contact Ann Napier at

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Cole Industrial, Inc.

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Columbia Hydronics

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JR Smith

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T&S Brass

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