Plumbing

ASSE 1004-2017, Performance Requirements for Commercial Dishwashing Machines, has been designated as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute and is now...more...

Once again this year, A. O. Smith Corp. and The Water Council are partnering to identify and support entrepreneurs and start-ups developing innovative freshwater...more...

More than 76 percent of Legionnaires’ disease cases acquired from Legionella exposure in health care facilities can be particularly harsh, including possible fatal risks to...more...

Plumbing Manufacturers International announced June 5 that it has appointed Kerry Stackpole, FASAE, CAE, as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, effective June 12, 2017....more...

These pressure independent balancing and control valves (PIBCVs) improve valve functionality and temperature control in buildings. The automatic balancing valves help create a stabilized building...more...

As professional engineers, we have a code of ethics to perform only in our area of expertise based upon education and experience. Many take this...more...

The latest revisions to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) are scheduled be made later this summer with hearings planned for the ASHRAE meetings in...more...

If you read my May article, you know that I recently bore witness to a large discrepancy between calculated and measured flow rates in an...more...

A bill winding its way through the Michigan legislature hopes to lower the cost of underground pipelines for drinking water, wastewater or storm water infrastructure...more...

The lead-free automated brass shut-off ball valve packages with press-fit connections come in sizes ½ to 2 inches. Press-fit makes secure connections to copper tubing...more...

China has installed or upgraded 52,485 toilets from 2015 to the end of April this year, carrying out its nationwide "toilet revolution."

The figures were...more...

A. O. Smith Corp. announced plans to build a new corporate research center near its World Headquarters on Milwaukee’s northwest side.

The 42,700 square foot...more...

WOA has created a scholarship to help a deserving member attend ASPE's 2017 Technical Symposium in Montreal on October 19-22.

The Women of ASPE (WOA), a special...more...

Company to become one of the nation's largest wholesalers of NFPA electrical codes.

ProBility Media Corp. announced that it has executed a binding letter of...more...

The Flint Water Crisis put the spotlight on lead in drinking water throughout the United States, and numerous media reports have found elevated lead levels...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials recently completed Technical Committee Meetings toward the development of the 2018 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code...more...

QuantumFlo released EINSTEIN 3.0, an online, pump energy optimization tool. With a new, mobile design and built-in energy studies, this program allows users to find...more...

In accordance with the IAPMO Regulations Governing Committee Projects, IAPMO would like to announce that a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to the 2015 edition of...more...

The Flint Water Summit, co-chaired by Mayer Karen Weaver and Governor Rick Snyder, was held at the Riverfront Front Banquet in Flint, Michigan, March 7-9....more...

Which medical gas code are you to follow when designing a veterinary hospital or clinic? I was asked that very question several times recently. You...more...

Recently, there was a U.S. District Court decision that affects our ability to have free access to most codes and standards, which are adopted by...more...

For a change, there’s good news about Flint, Michigan. Almost three years after the city began pumping water from its namesake river as a source...more...

Pipe sizing is, of course, one of the main purposes and challenges of plumbing design. Everyone reading this article should already know that water supply...more...

The powerful, 1-horsepower Sanicom1 Simplex Pump moves gray water away from demanding commercial applications, such as restaurants. Handles up to 194 degrees F water for...more...

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they found the Legionella bacteria prevalent in cooling towers throughout the country.

Water from 196...more...

Omaha high school students get a real-world project redesigning Norris Middle School. 

A group of 77 Omaha North High students, looking to be the next architects,...more...

The 30° ADA Enviro Series “hands-free” lavatory systems features tapered fronts, which provide ADA compliant accessibility. These sink systems, available in single, dual, tri, and...more...

 

Zurn introduces the Sundara Hand-washing System, a modern, architecturally-inspired approach to hand-washing in the commercial restroom.

Crafted by world-class industrial designers, the “beauty” of...more...

Sloan has added special finishing and custom engraving options to its line of innovative products as it continues to elevate the quality of restroom design.

A...more...

The Dispensing Equipment Alliance (DEA), comprised of the leading manufacturers in the dispensing equipment industry, has contributed new language to the 2018 National Standard Plumbing...more...

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a marked-up PDF is worth 10,000,” says Mark Henry, a senior field engineer with McCarl’s Inc. of Beaver...more...

Energy and maintenance expenses account for approximately 75 percent of the life-cycle costs of a centrifugal pump. With a growing emphasis on reducing energy consumption...more...

There’s a retired gentleman in our industry named Scott Denny who lives in the Bay Area near Stanford University. He sends me regular emails about...more...

A couple of years ago, George Williams, 34, senior inspector/plans examiner at West Coast Code Consultants Inc. in West Jordan, Utah, was curious why he...more...

NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries....more...

The male standard thread-double male reducing adapters are made of lead-free cast brass in compliance with the federal SDWA. Male National Standard Thread (MNST) x...more...

T&S Brass has announced a new partnership with ARCOM to make researching and specifying T&S products easier than ever.

This partnership provides comprehensive T&S product...more...

Making it easier to provide the reliability, high-performance, and efficiency of an AquaPEX plumbing system for homes and multifamily structures is the ProPEX connections for...more...

Over the course of the past 25 years, manufacturers of plumbing products and appliances have been under strong market pressure to develop water-consuming products that...more...

Calculating the Pump Energy Index (PEI) to comply with the Department of Energy pump energy conservation standard released January 2016 will become a bigger challenge...more...

Is your dentist capable of handling a life-threatening emergency? If you do an internet search for “medical gas accidents,” you might not come across too...more...

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SharkBite Correction: In January, I wrote a piece on copper pipe and fittings. In the article I touched briefly on SharkBite fittings and incorrectly stated...more...

On Jan. 24, President Donald Trump made good on two of his campaign promises by signing executive orders to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone...more...

All of the hearings are completed for the International Codes published by the International Code Council (ICC), with the final administrative process now taking place...more...

Amidst rising concerns for water quality, I wanted to take the opportunity to debunk some water myths and shed some light on concerns in and...more...

It’s Oscar season, and by the time this is printed there will be a new Best Picture along with some speeches from the winners that...more...

The 0015e3 is the only three-setting, ECM-powered circulator on the market. With three easy settings, the product’s variable speed, high-efficiency ECM motor uses up to...more...

Mayor Karen Weaver has told the Environmental Protection Agency that more corrosion control studies have to be done and Flint will need more than two...more...

ASPE, AWE, IAPMO, PMI, and WPC to Present Sixth Emerging Water Technology Symposium in Ontario, Calif.

Against the backdrop of a new U.S. federal government...more...

ASPE will hold a one-hour webinar, “Roof Drains: The Hole Story,” at 2 p.m. EST, March 8. The webinar is free to ASPE members and...more...

Many recent reports have found multidrug resistant bacteria living in hospital sink drainpipes, putting them in close proximity to vulnerable patients. But how the bacteria...more...

Marc Edwards was awarded the inaugural Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize at a ceremony held on Feb. 21.

Edwards is recognized for his invaluable contributions...more...

Performance requirements for automatic compensating valves for individual showers and tub/shower combinations.

ASSE 1016-2017/ASME A112.1016-2017/CSA B125.16-17, Performance Requirements for Automatic Compensating Valves for Individual Showers...more...

Molecular testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a connection between Flint, Mich.’s water and the Legionnaires’ disease that stuck down...more...

Michigan health officials ordered a Flint hospital on Feb. 14 to immediately comply with federal recommendations that were issued due to its association with a...more...

The Water Infrastructure Conference is being held March 7-9, at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint, Mich., co-sponsored by the City of Flint and State...more...

Michigan Gov. Rick Synder’s 2016 proposal to enact the country’s strictest standards for lead in drinking water may be taken up by legislators soon.

Synder...more...

ASSE International has published its fourth scald awareness white paper, Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water Systems, which is available for free...more...

Sioux Chief Mfg. announces, as of March 1, 2017, it will discontinue the sale of permanent air chambers, such as its 629-Series Reducing Air Chambers...more...

﷯Domestic hot water systems have been installed in buildings for many years dating back to﷯ ancient times. Re﷯circulating hot water systems are not quite that...more...

Last month, the U.S. Water Alliance released “One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource,” a 40-page guide for  changing the...more...

When it comes to plumbing health care design, there are many methods on how to “plumb” it. The first of this two-part series covered medical...more...

The SANINEUTRAL neutralizer kit incorporates neutralizing granules to increase the pH of acidic condensate water produced in residential or commercial applications before it reaches the...more...

This product is designed to handle raw, unscreened sewage, effluent and large volumes of surface and process water. With its S-tube impeller, the extended range...more...

Demand for water in multi-story buildings such as hotels, multifamily, office and other institutional applications — require pressure-boosting equipment to raise incoming municipal water pressure...more...

Technological advancements provide new levels of energy savings.

 Armstrong Fluid Technology has announced the next level of innovation in pumping solutions for enhanced lifetime building...more...

The SuperTherm series of semi-instantaneous water heaters are a solution for engineers and facility owners/managers who need high recovery capacity in a small space. They...more...

The Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease joined forces with public health and environmental advocate Erin Brockovich and the president of Allergy & Asthma Network Tonya...more...

Toilets often confuse tourists; move will help as Japan prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.

The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies...more...

Johnson Controls’ BlueStream Hybrid Cooling System features a thermosyphon hybrid cooling to reduce water consumption in traditional cooling tower systems by 25 to 80 percent...more...

The Hubbell PT series of gas booster heaters deliver consistent and accurate sanitizing rinse water to commercial kitchen. Constructed with only high-grade materials, the PT...more...

The high output coils in both the HF-85-XHO, with an 85-gallon tank, and the HF-115-XHO, with a 115-gallon tank, provide abundant hot water at a...more...

The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative announced a joint effort to accelerate full removal of the lead pipes providing drinking water to millions of...more...

The Illinois General Assembly moved a step closer on Jan. 9 toward requiring schools and day care centers to test for lead in their water....more...

The bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease grow well in warm tap water installations with ample dissolved organic matter--conditions that support the growth of biofilms. The...more...

World Vision International (WVI) is a Christian nonprofit that builds humanitarian advocacy and aids people, especially children, living in poverty in nearly 100 countries. WVI...more...

When I tell folks I am a plumbing engineer, they give me that quizzical look that suggests they heard the plumbing part, but can’t make...more...

People that know me well are always intrigued to find out why I have the following quote as a part of my digital email signature: “The...more...

First, I would like to start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! We now have a new code in effect in California, but I...more...

As part of my consulting business, I often perform inspections of domestic hot water systems associated with various personal injury or property damage incidents where...more...

You may have heard the term used in the news over the last few years, or maybe you skimmed over the word when digging through...more...

When it comes to plumbing healthcare design, there are many methods and ideas on how to ‘plumb’ it. When designing a plumbing system for a brand-new...more...

Communicating with architects and designers about projects can avoid a lot of headaches down the road.“Okay, so who uses their feet to flush the toilet?”...more...

This article is the second in a series focusing on the complicated linkage between our water and energy systems. This interdependency is referred to as...more...

In accordance with the IAPMO Regulations Governing Committee Projects, IAPMO would like to announce that a Tentative Interim Amendment to the 2015 edition of the...more...

High-performance models designed for easy installation and maximum efficiency

The Bosch Greentherm 9000 Series is a new line of tankless gas condensing water heaters that...more...

Mitch Clemente, CPD, FASPE, ASPE's 2016-2018 President, recently contributed his expertise for the Reader's Digest article "17 Things You Need to Know About Your...more...

Just Manufacturing’s Integra Drain system creates a unique integral in-sink drain system. The exclusive Integra Drain system design seamlessly joins the drain to the sink, so...more...

The death toll from pneumonia nearly doubled in Genesee County at the height of the Flint water crisis, supporting the suspicion among medical experts that...more...

The Standards Council of Canada has announced the publication of the first joint Canada-U.S. standard for balloon-type ball backwater valves.

After several years of collaboration,...more...

The IAPMO Group has named Tom Palkon to be executive director of the ASSE International Chapter of IAPMO, LLC. Palkon will ensure that all of...more...

This new series of NSF-Certified butterfly valves from Bonomi North America features factory-installed electric or pneumatic actuators for potable water applications with high flow requirements. ...more...

Watts Radiant launched its next generation of ThermalPro boiler stations, which feature expanded pump choices. The ThermalPro units are simple pre-piped, insulated pumping stations for...more...

Resources and easier access to parts now available on company’s website.

Sloan has announced a flushometer parts and retrofit initiative, designed to educate facility managers...more...

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) has introduced legislation intended to promote federal investment in research to ensure the data used in the development of U.S....more...

Armstrong Fluid Technology will be showcasing its Design Envelope Vertical-In-Line Retrofit solution at the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas, January 30 – February 1,...more...

Everyone is stuck on certified building design and designing buildings using a checklist. What about good practice? What about designing reasonably, defensibly or even justifiably?...more...

PE: What was it about plumbing engineering that appealed to you? Can you tell us about your journey? KY: I grew up around the construction business...more...

When we call out an individual as a person of the year, be it based on professional or personal merit, it’s usually because that person...more...

First, I would like to start by saying Happy Holidays and New Year to all. I don’t know about you, but, for me, 2016 was...more...

Plumbing design professionals and design/build contractors traditionally have designed plumbing and piping systems containing fluids to meet the material requirements in the plumbing codes. Recently,...more...

NightEye wireless, an app and cloud-based system, allows internet connection of a pump via the home’s wireless router and provides alarm and other performance information...more...

The Inline 400 Pressure Boosting System is a solution to most water pressure improvement needs. The product couples a pump and motor with flow-based controls...more...

Watts Dead Level Trench Drains incorporate a patented frame-anchored design that provides both structural stability and ease of installation. Self-aligning channels and anchors that tie...more...

Recognizing the amount of energy used by the residential building sector, ASHRAE and IES are revising their residential energy standard with a goal of making...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has released the 2015 edition of the South Dakota Plumbing Code. The book can be purchased and...more...

Xylem has released the fifth generation HYDROVAR, an intelligent pump controller that accurately adapts to system demands, helping end users realize cost and energy savings...more...

Zoeller Pump Co. has added two new models to its Shark grinder pump series. The 1.0 HP Model 818 and the 1.5 HP Model 819...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials recently completed Technical Committee Meetings toward the development of the 2018 editions of the Uniform Solar Energy...more...

The Speedrooter XL clears tough clogs in 3-inch to 10-inch lines, up to 200 feet. The rugged, easy-to-maneuver product sports a 3/4 hp motor and...more...

Today’s most advanced two-way wireless mesh submetering systems are providing both visualization and control capabilities to property owners/managers and tenants. The biggest water savings from...more...

Last month, I had the good fortune to take a short vacation in Las Vegas. I stayed in the newly developed area of City Center,...more...

The list of items below are common things that I find during investigations of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. These are related to design, installation...more...

Assigning room names could impact your medical gas design. For example, what would you expect to find in a room called “Special Care Nursery?” Would...more...

The three-way mixing valve is a microprocessor-controlled valve designed to regulate the temperature of the water supply in a radiant hating and cooling system by...more...

Grundfos will showcase several pressure boosting pumps at its 2017 AHR EXPO booth in Las Vegas to foster awareness of the company’s multifaceted pumping solutions....more...

New webpage and brochure bring together a world of options

Sloan has simplified the process of selecting faucets for commercial applications by introducing two new...more...

The EPA is considering the best way to update its Lead and Copper Rule, or LCR. The primary way that lead and copper enter drinking...more...

Clemson University gained a new namesake: Legionella clemsonensis, a novel strain of the Legionella bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave the...more...

With much work still left to do for Flint to treat its own water, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told Mayor Karen Weaver to find alternatives...more...

Franklin Electric Co., Inc. will display a wide variety of new pumping solutions at the 2016 ASPE Convention and Expo in booth 237 at the...more...

In June, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation, which instituted a series of new restrictions on lead in the state's drinking water. The changes involved...more...

American Airlines has increased safety precautions after low levels of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease were found in water at four maintenance hangers at...more...

A beverage processing plant in Hopkins, Minn., has been identified as the likely source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in that community.

Samples from a...more...

This article is written with the intermediate AutoCAD MEP or Revit user in mind, assuming a general working knowledge of BIM coordination. Autodesk Navisworks (formerly known...more...

ASPE has embarked on a path to gain professional recognition and acknowledgment of plumbing engineering through the creation of a plumbing option under the Mechanical...more...

To maximize water-based cooling tower benefits, the appropriate tower size must be selected, requiring the identification of several critical factors. Cooling towers are a relatively...more...

The year is 1916. The international climate is in turmoil yet there is still growth in the United States as new businesses continue to emerge...more...

Now more than ever, our industry has been making important strides in female representation, and this has been tackled by some of our industry leaders...more...

You may have seen that, back on July 31st, a daredevil skydiver named Luke Aikins performed a world record skydive by jumping from a plane...more...

I have been involved with consulting, designing, inspecting and troubleshooting plumbing systems for more than 37 years. About 22 years ago, I started writing for...more...

On March 23, 2010, the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act was introduced to the masses. From 2Q 2014 to 2Q 2015, growth in patient volumes...more...

As plumbing engineers, we tend to have a pretty singular focus on water: water coming in, water going out, and water efficiency or water capture...more...

ASSE International and Plumbers Without Borders are proud to announce the launch of their “Plumbing Term of the Day” campaign. Started Oct. 3 and continuing every...more...

Isolator Select features a selectable flow path for directing fluid between the four ports as required for the specific application. Its 1-inch NPT side ports...more...

The OSSIM-30 is a simplex pump control panel and high liquid alarm system that is ideal for elevator sumps, transformer containment areas or any application...more...

This line of flow regulators (OD sizes 5/16” to 15/16”) is easy to insert (press-fit) and available in flow rates from 0.1 gpm to 30...more...

Cushion clamps specifically for metric pipe sizes, the Hydra-Zorb clamps guard against shock, vibration and corrosion and they are made in-house in the U.S. These...more...

Officials in Sedgwick County voted 4-1 to approve a new dual code system, which means two plumbing codes – the Uniform Plumbing Code or the...more...

Heat exchangers installed in a hospital to conserve energy promoted growth of Legionella pneumophila in the hot water supply, according to a new study published...more...

With approximately 80 percent of exhibitors indicating they will be displaying new or enhanced products, systems and technologies at the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition,...more...

Zurn Industries has announced the opening of its Dubai facility servicing customers and a network of strategic partners located in the Middle East, Africa and...more...

Watts Water Technologies and Plumbing Engineer will present a free webcast on “Digital Mixing: The Smart, Safe, Efficient Way to Deliver Hot Water in Commercial...more...

 

 

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials on Oct. 25-26 will host Technical Committee meetings toward the ANSI-accredited consensus development of the...more...

The U.S. Senate recently passed sweeping legislation addressing the nation’s water infrastructure, including authorization for the U.S. EPA’s WaterSense program, for which IAPMO has been...more...

American Standard Water Heaters announced that it is enhancing the purchasing experience for commercial customers nationwide by increasing warranty coverage on commercial water heaters to...more...

A federal court on Sept. 19 cleared the path for ICC Evaluation Services to proceed with its copyright infringement complaint against the International Association of...more...

International Exposition Company announces the winners of the 2017 AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) Innovation Awards.

The annual awards competition honors the most...more...

Plumbing Manufacturers International has opened registration for its 2016 PMI Annual Conference – its annual gathering of plumbing and water sustainability professionals – and unveiled...more...

A new analysis of 100 million Medicare records from U.S. adults aged 65 and older reveals rising healthcare costs for infections associated with opportunistic premise...more...

Second death linked to Legionnaires’ at center.

A second death of a University of Washington Medical Center patient has been linked to Legionnaires’ disease.

King...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, publisher of the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code, is calling for public comments on the...more...

Uponor’s core purpose is to partner closely with professionals to create better human environments. That means for more than 40 years, we have been seeking...more...

Like many countries in the midst of World War II, France found its land decimated and agriculture on the decline. Many French citizens found themselves...more...

Imagine taking a refreshing shower, thinking about the day’s activities, when all of a sudden it happens. Whoosh! Someone flushes the toilet, and without delay,...more...

The woman I’m dating lives  on the waterfront in Newport Beach, SoCal. Her unit faces a marina that separates Newport Beach from Balboa Island, for...more...

According to  the American Institute of Architects (AIA), “By definition, construction documentation encompasses the preparation of drawings and specifications that set forth the detailed requirements...more...

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes the industry standard for automatic fire sprinkler systems. The standard is titled “NFPA 13 — Standard for the...more...

Chicago Faucets announces the release of a new white paper, “Reducing the Risk of HAIs in Healthcare Facilities,” which discusses products and solutions designed specifically...more...

The Flex924 complete bath waste helps with misalignment between bathtub overflow and drain connection. This product has PVC tubing that connects the overflow to the...more...

The Circuit Solver line with an integrated union and optional built-in check valve as well as a complete assembly.  This product will also be NSF...more...

The product family includes personal emergency eyewashes, a tempered portable eyewash, and two air-pressurized portable eyewashes. Personal emergency eyewashes provide immediate flushing fluid while the...more...

This pre-assembled, one-piece device with a top made of 304 stainless steel, nickel-bronze or cast aluminum has been proven to prevent unwanted debris from going...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials is calling for public comments on formal proposals toward the development of the 2017 Water Efficiency and...more...

The OSSIM-30 is a simplex pump control panel and high liquid alarm system that is ideal for elevator sumps, transformer containment areas, or any application...more...

At the 2016 ASPE Conference and Expo, the largest event for plumbing system design professionals, experts from the brands of Watts will deliver sessions on...more...

Delta Cooling Towers, which pioneered the HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic cooling tower in the 1970s, has just launched a line of towers constructed of anti-microbial...more...

The award is in recognition of Ernst’s contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards.

Kevin Ernst, P.E, general manager, Oakville Bending & Stamping is the...more...

In an effort to address many of the critical issues facing American Supply Association members in the codes and standards arena, the association is in...more...

The investigation into the Flint water crisis could soon take a much more serious turn with more serious charges.

One possible aspect of the crisis...more...

 

Willoughby Industries’ bottle filling station is perfect for parks, golf courses, fitness trails, college campuses, or anywhere people need access to filtered water outdoors,...more...

Sloan has introduced four online continuing education courses for engineers, architects, building owners and interior designers. The online courses have approvals from AIA, GBCI, IDCEC,...more...

Investment required to reduce risks to drinking water and promote water efficiency.

In the first step of a committed advocacy effort for the safety and...more...

Since 2008, Armstrong Fluid Technology has been spreading the word about how its Design Envelope technology when applied to HVAC and fluid flow systems achieves...more...

Since its passage in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has increased the accessibility of the nation’s buildings and improved the lives of those...more...

ASHRAE recently held their meetings in St. Louis, Missouri, and there were numerous technical committee meetings. The following is a report on a few meetings...more...

You use your bathroom every day, but have you ever thought about where all this plumbing hardware started out? If you’re like most of us...more...

Back in February 2016, I wrote about water quality and a recent phenomenon occurring here in Southern California on some of my projects. Green gelatinous...more...

The trouble with our country’s drinking and wastewater service is, typically, there’s no trouble at all. And therein lies the real trouble. “Because the sector has...more...

The one-piece, wall-hung SANISTAR macerating toilet system allows the home or business owner to create a new small bathroom or powder room wherever they need...more...

These valves are designed to support the weight of up to 1,000 feet of pipe and well pump. They are available in a size range...more...

Designed for use in 4-inch and larger wells, the floating stack hydraulic design enables sand and abrasives to pass easily, making it one of the...more...

No hardcopy editions of these publications will be printed or distributed.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has posted online the 2016 Report...more...

Armstrong International blends revolutionary digital water temperature control technology with instantaneous heat exchanger design to deliver Digital-Flo, an industry changing series Shell & Tube Steam/Water...more...

ThermOmegaTech is expanding its Circuit Solver line to include an enhanced Circuit Solver with an integrated union and optional built-in check valve as well as...more...

Armstrong Fluid Technology announces new Design Envelope Vertical-In-Line Retrofit solution.

The Design Envelope Vertical-In-Line Retrofit allows building owners to replace the moving parts of an...more...

Zurn Industries, LLC launches the patent-pending Z895-94 Elevator Trench Drain System. Designed to fulfill a market need following changes in building and fire codes in...more...

The Summer Olympic Games are a week away, and already organizers have been forced to mount a "massive operation" to fix a deluge of plumbing...more...

Less than a month after unveiling a nearly $5 million state-of-the-art water treatment plant and delivery system at the Illinois Veterans Home, the Illinois Department...more...

The Community Plumbing Challenge 2016, which this year took place in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa, concluded last week.

Organized by IAPMO in collaboration with the...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials is seeking and accepting applications for technical experts to participate on a Standards Task Group toward the...more...

Little scientific research exists on the relationship between low flow rates and opportunistic waterborne pathogens in plumbing systems. That’s why Plumbing Manufacturers International announced a...more...

Speakman has introduced its Lifesaver Emergency Shower Head, a safety shower head providing a spray strong enough to cleanse away harmful chemicals, but soft enough...more...

NSF International and ASHRAE have signed a memorandum of understanding dedicated to protecting public health by establishing safe management practices for building water systems.

These...more...

The Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association has revised a listing of sump, sewage and effluent pumps that meet or exceed the industry Standards. Pumps...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has revised the regulations governing the development of the 2017 Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard (WE Stand)...more...

To thank their U.S. customers, Saniflo put together a special promotion called, “Trip of a Lifetime.” Two groups traveled to Paris, France in April...more...

If there’s any good news coming out of Flint, Michigan, it’s that the municipal water has improved so much in recent months that it’s finally...more...

Nearly 60 years ago, in a small town outside of Paris, France, named Brégy, the first known toilet macerating system was created. The system was...more...

On May 12, more than 16 well-known organizations and companies in the plumbing industry gathered at the Westin O’Hare, in Rosemont, Illinois, for the 5th...more...

The fifth International Emerging Technology Symposium 2016 (IETS) graced the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois on May 10-11. During this crucial, in-depth event professionals in...more...

The other day one of our estimators ran a gas system design past me that came across his desk from another engineering firm. It was...more...

I have had several discussions with people who are concerned about proposed water conservation legislation in California and the city of Los Angeles.  The proposals...more...

These eco-friendly tanks are made from a recyclable polypropylene that is a thermoplastic polymer widely used in many different applications due to its rugged and...more...

The PACOpaQ is designed for chilled and hot water distribution, condenser water, geothermal loop, district heating and cooling, and many other water-based systems. The system...more...

The Model 22 and the V22 (vertical version) freezeless hot and cold faucets allow homeowners to have hot and cold water outside. Both faucets are...more...

At-home water treatment continues to be seen as a significant part of the immediate solution in Flint, Michigan, while the city continues to address the...more...

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating is pleased to announce that Robert Waters has joined the Institute as technical consultant for Codes & Standards....more...

The Herald-Whig reports that the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy, Ill., unveiled a new water treatment and delivery system that costs nearly $5 million. Legionnaires’ disease...more...

An alliance to prevent Legionnaire's disease has recently launched www.PreventLegionnaires.org, a brand new website aimed at providing the public with information about Legionella bacteria,...more...

Codes and Standards International, a well-known plumbing and mechanical codes and standards consultancy, has been tapped to spearhead a USAID-funded, large scale and detailed project...more...

The Michigan attorney general says a global water company and Texas-based engineering firm "botched the job" in Flint, helping to send the city into an...more...

As best I can remember, I attended the very first Uponor convention in the early 2000s at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. I recall...more...

The Hawaii Health Department is investigating multiple cases of Legionnaire’s disease on Kauai.

Health officials are aware of two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease involving...more...

Three ASHRAE certifications have received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute, joining the High Performance Building Design Professional certification that was accredited last year....more...

Instances of Legionnaires’ disease are growing in the U.S., often because hotels long-term care facilities and hospitals haven’t taken enough steps to ensure their water...more...

Guidance from an ASHRAE standard regarding development and implementation of a water management program to reduce building risk for legionella is the basis of a...more...

About 15 years ago, Heapy Engineering broke into the green sustainability market to better serve the diversifying needs of the building design and construction industry....more...

A facility manager at an older project needs to repair a 6-inch CPVC water supply, damaged by an outside vendor, in the ceiling on the...more...

In this world of entropy, where everything constantly gets more complicated rather than less, water hammer arrestors are no exception. For the new engineers and designers...more...

There are many types of water heaters, and there are many sizes and fuel options available. The number of types, sizes and fuel combinations create...more...

A new report obtained by the Detroit Free Press shows the average cost for replacing a service water line in the city through a pilot...more...

At least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in...more...

This is a full line of commercial grade stainless steel flush valve covers for applications where exposed flush valves need to be covered to prevent...more...

This article is written with the intermediate Revit user in mind, assuming that your firm has already spent the time and resources necessary to develop...more...

Watts released five new videos that showcase its unique specification drainage products:

  • Dead Level Trench Drain
  • Track Lavatory Carriers
  • Industry Standard Compression Seal Closet Carriers
  • ...more...

The IAPMO Group attended the grand opening of the Taiwan Institute for Plumbing Innovation in Changhua, Taiwan.

IAPMO Group COO and Executive Vice President Dave...more...

Willoughby is pleased to announce the newest member of the solid surface shower base family, the AS-S3636ADA rear trench shower base. This new shower base...more...

Formally founded 90 years ago today as the Los Angeles City Plumbing Inspectors Association, IAPMO owes its existence to a group of plumbing inspectors who...more...

Committees acted on more than 600 proposed amendments.​

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials recently completed Technical Committee Meetings toward the development of...more...

Presentations from the symposium may be viewed here.  ​

More than 120 industry, water utility and academia participants attended the fifth International Emerging Technology Symposium,...more...

After the water utility of Madison, Wis., discovered unacceptable levels of lead in its tap water, some 8,000 residences and business replaced all its lead...more...

Cooling towers help reduce the heat of circulating water used to cool industrial processes and HVAC systems throughout the world. These towers have undergone substantial...more...

Nestled in the midst of mountains, clean air and small town quaintness, sits a new hotel that not only offers its guests luxury and relaxing...more...

With the introduction of super-efficient, variable speed, ECM-driven Delta-T circulators for residential use, I’ve taken a keen interest in selectively applying them for use in...more...

Edmonton International Airport is the primary air passenger and air cargo facility in the Edmonton region of the Canadian province of Alberta, serving over 6.6...more...

ProVent’s single stack system is a cost-saving solution in multi-story plumbing jobs in three stories or more. “It saves money spent on skilled labor and additional...more...

When I first started writing this column back in September of 2002 my very first article was on open parking structures, and the fact that...more...

By the time you read this, the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) Technical Committee meeting will be under way or just concluding in Denver, Colorado.  The...more...

The following graph got my attention during a general session on the economy at the 2016 Uponor Connections Convention. This every-other-year networking event was attended...more...

Chapter 9 of the 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC-2015) offers us a wealth of ways to vent a fixture or combination of fixtures. Among the...more...

Elkay has introduced a new line of classroom sinks fitted with Perfect Drain, an edgeless drain system. Classroom messes will now have nowhere to go, but...more...

Newark, N.J. parents filed a federal lawsuit May 3 against New Jersey’s largest school district over lead found in the drinking water.

The parents of...more...

The Chameleon downspout nozzle brings a new facet to the industry and features architecturally pleasing colors. The nozzles come with a high quality powder coat...more...

The cold expansion PEX (ASTM F 1960) configurations of quarter-turn chrome supply stop valve models includes multiple sizes of the T-595NL Angle, T-596 straight, and...more...

The Model 19 freezeless, anti-burst residential wall faucet prevents burst pipes. This outdoor faucet features a patented pressure relief valve that prevents pressure build-up and...more...

The editorial team of PHC News, Plumbing Engineer and The Wholesaler present its on-the-street coverage from Flint, Michigan. Watch to hear what we learned about...more...

Viega and ARCOM have announced a partnership to promote Viega solutions to architects, engineers and design professionals in the leading specification software MasterSpec.

ARCOM carefully...more...

Bradley Corp., has announced that Bryan Mullett will be promoted to president/CEO, representing the fifth generation of leadership by the Mullett family.

Mullett, currently chief...more...

Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a...more...

Matco-Norca has introduced a new bronze Y-style strainer for use with residential, commercial and light industrial plumbing systems. Matco-Norca’s 146T Y-Strainer filters out solid debris...more...

The conference schedule for the upcoming Pump Summit Americas has been released with a complete timetable of plenary presentations, workshops, and speakers’ corner presentations for the event...more...

The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition has released the Phase 2.1 supplemental report on the drainline transport of solid waste in building drains. The study builds...more...

Bradley Corp. has won three Awards for Design Excellence for its Express ELX-Series and Verge LVS-Series Lavatories and its Aerix+ Hand Dryer Series.

Bradley’s winning...more...

FEBCO’s MasterSeries backflow prevention assemblies provide lead-free certification to NSF 61G standards, with redesigned check and relief valves delivering superior performance and reduced pressure loss....more...

Willoughby Industries offers a full line of commercial grade stainless steel flush valve covers for those applications where exposed flush valves need to be covered...more...

TOTO USA has decided to enlist the services of IAPMO EGS (Electrical, Gas and Solar), The IAPMO Group’s testing and certification division for electrical products,...more...

 

Virginia Tech researchers who have been closely monitoring drinking water in Flint, Mich., said April 13 that residents need to flush more water through...more...

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported April 11 that there were three additional cases of Legionnaires' disease during a 2014-2015 outbreak, including...more...

On March 14, I traveled “around the corner” to the Bell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, Little Red Schoolhouse located in Morton Grove, Illinois. I...more...

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers is pleased to welcome ICC-Evaluation Service to the Society’s Affiliate Sponsor Program.

ICC-ES’ Plumbing, Mechanical, and Gas Program is...more...

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, publisher of the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code and Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub...more...

Bradley Corp. has introduced eight new colors to its popular Evero® Natural Quartz Surface line. Evero is the first and only natural quartz material that...more...

Shower water is still hot when it flows into the drain. The same is true of the water we use for washing our dishes and...more...

The problems that I find in steam heating systems never fail to amuse me. I was called in by the owner of a four-story brownstone...more...

An important part of being an engineer is the ability to foresee problems and find ways to prevent them. Generally speaking, the older a system...more...

It’s one-part comedy and two-parts tragedy. While California homeowners have had to cut their water use by 25 percent, nearly 100,000 people in Flint, Michigan...more...

Spring is here and that means it’s time to head out to attend the model code hearings. In April and May, the two major model...more...

As if we didn’t already have enough to do, I’m sure many of you are familiar with and frequently hampered by the concept of pull...more...

ASPE and NSF International will work together to support plumbing professionals to benefit public health, sustainability, and a safer environment.

The American Society of Plumbing...more...

Plumbing Manufacturers International, in collaboration with its members, has issued a Product Category Rule (PCR) guidance document for kitchen and bath vessel fixtures. The guidance...more...

Josam Company and ARCOM are pleased to announce their partnership in promoting the JOSAM Push-Fit stainless steel drainage system to architects, engineers and design professionals...more...

The TechnoForce e-HV packaged booster system incorporates Hydrovar motor mounted variable frequency drive to transfer and increase the pressure of clean water in hospitals, industry,...more...

The Brain for digital recirculating hot water system temperature control is the world’s only digital recirculating valve. Actuators bolted onto ancient thermostatic mixing valve designs,...more...

Four international plumbing and building codes now require that water reuse systems comply with NSF International’s standard for water reuse systems. NSF International, a global...more...

A new report released March 11 by County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute,...more...

A task force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder issued a hard-hitting report on the Flint drinking water public health crisis, slamming the catastrophe as a...more...

 

While a harsh national spotlight focuses on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., a USA Today investigation has identified almost 2,000 additional water...more...

IAPMO R&T, North America’s premier third-party testing and certification body for plumbing, mechanical, and water treatment products, has created a new mark of conformity for...more...

Access to clean water is a basic necessity for human life. The key word there is access. Treated water doesn’t magically fall from shower heads....more...

Bradley Corp. announces the appointments of Nick Siler to director of engineering, and Jon Villwock to director of product management, specialties group, for the Menomonee...more...

Phoenix and the surrounding metro area continue to grow the requirements for additional health care facilities in order to support population growth. In order to...more...

Health care plumbing system design is done in hospitals, clinics and hydotherapy facilities. The first step in the design and selection of plumbing fixtures is...more...

Hospitals can be scary places for both children and families. In efforts to be the exception, the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington,...more...

Froedtert Hospital is the medical affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a level-one trauma Center serving the Milwaukee area. The hospital was...more...

There have been a few articles depicting just how difficult it’s going to be to locate and dig up Flint, Michigan’s poisonous service pipes buried...more...

When plumbing, heating and cooling professionals want to learn about the latest-and-greatest offerings in the U.S., they travel to events like AHR Expo, KBIS, Greenbuild,...more...

The city of Flint, Michigan has been all over the news.  I listened to the Congressional hearings, and the information brought out there was very...more...

Some of you readers know that I am separated and in the process of divorce. Separation and divorce create a dramatic life change. Having been...more...

NIBCO® BRASTIC® sprinkler head adapters are corrosion free and improve torque resistance. Large brass starter thread prevents cross-threading and removal of PTFE tape / thread...more...

Capable of handling 25 gallons of effluent per minute at 36 feet, SANICUBIC 2 lifting station consists of two, 1-horsepower motors housed inside a compact...more...

A lawsuit filed Feb. 18 accuses the city of Chicago of failing to adequately warn residents how lead piping can leach lead into tap water...more...

None of the five government agencies aware of a Legionnaires’ outbreak that killed nine and sickened 87 people in the Flint, Mich. area have ever...more...

Armstrong Fluid Technology has recently received preapproval of its Vertical In-Line (VIL) Design Envelope (DE) pumps with integrated drives from the Office of Statewide Health...more...

Simmering tensions between city and state officials over how quickly to replace lead pipes in Flint flared Wednesday after officials announced different approaches to solving...more...

At the start of last year, China announced a new revolution. A toilet revolution. The plan was to bring the country's bathroom facilities, long the...more...

The AP is reporting that Michigan officials are considering new water testing rules of hospitals and possible changed to how large facilities manage their water...more...

Work on replacing high-risk lead service lines in Flint, Mich. is under way as state and city leaders collaboratively focus on removing pipes in priority...more...

Armstrong Fluid Technology has introduced new versions of its popular Astro 2 Hot Water Recirculation pumps.  A hot water recirculation system can save a typical...more...

The new X-Series by Liberty Pumps are heavy cast-iron sewage and effluent pumps designed specifically for use in hazardous locations. The XFL- and XLE-Series meet...more...

The Department of General Services announced that Mia Marvelli has been appointed California Building Standards Commission executive director.

Marvelli joined the CBSC in 2012 with...more...

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is home to a woman who is not only beating those odds as an 11-year employee, but shattering glass ceilings as...more...

When engineering and designing a new building, expansion or retrofit, the team always has the end user and their clients in mind with every detail....more...

Water-efficient toilets, faucets and other plumbing fixtures have become routine specifications in the last decade. However, the next plateau of water conservation for plumbing engineers...more...

Since 1968, Best Plumbing has been providing a full range of plumbing services in the Seattle area. From new construction installations to plumbing repairs, they...more...

The fitness tracker. One of the most recent iterations of the Internet in the form of convenience. A long-shot from the Internet of 1988 when concepts...more...

Water quality has become an evergrowing challenge here in Southern California. I don’t know if this is true elsewhere around the country, but in this...more...

Michigan is a state that is fortunate to be surrounded by four of the Great Lakes where a majority of the world's fresh water is...more...

This drain is cast iron with bolt down ring and P-315 brass strainer (4 1/4"). Available as polished brass or polished chrome plated. Drain has...more...

The Summit EL ADA 10” toilet as an addition to the company’s line of high performance two-piece toilets. The elongated 16-1/2" tall bowl of the...more...

Model 7655WCC barrier-free eye/face wash features the medically acclaimed AXION MSR eye/face wash head assembly (patent pending). Features include an easy access exterior mounted in-line...more...

GP Series grinder pump models now operate across voltages ranging from 208 V to 230 V in one model. The GP‐A (automatic) and GP‐M (manual)...more...

The instantaneous plate and frame heat exchanger is designed to deliver Digital-Flo, series of boiler water to water heaters. Digital-Flo uses digital technology featuring The...more...

The purpose of the sanitary drainage system is to remove effluent discharged from plumbing fixtures and other equipment to an approved point of disposal. In...more...

The BLÜCHER stainless steel waterline channel drain is designed for use in commercial and ADA showers and washrooms. Installations include college dormitories, high rise condominiums,...more...

SFA Saniflo U.S.A. has unveiled two new, vitreous china, floor-mounted toilet bowls with an updated and contemporary styling, the better to complement modern bathroom design....more...

The TechnoForce e-HV by Bell & Gossett is a pre-engineered pressure booster package, and the newest addition to B&G’s POWER OF e portfolio. These compact,...more...

A new video on Charlotte Pipe’s YouTube channel shows a sound test of various DWV plumbing systems. Materials tested are cast-iron soil pipe, solid...more...

The industry's first self-sensing, variable speed end suction pumps are now available from Taco.

The pumps, with integrated VFDs, permit fast, accurate balancing. They help...more...

Parsippany, NJ, January 20, 2016 –The Hydraulic Institute will be offering a webinar on “Rotodynamic Pumps: A Guideline for NPSH Margin” on Tuesday, Feb. 9...more...

Sloan launched its new website that will provide contractors, engineers, architects, design professionals and facility owners with a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate resource that showcases the company’s...more...

Bradley Corp., introduces the Verge LVS-Series to its line of Verge Lavatory Systems. The Verge LVS-Series features individual drains, creating personalized hand washing space for...more...

Andre & Veronika’s Antiques & Collectibles will auctioning a water pump gauge that was part of the original plumbing system from the Empire State Building....more...

New edition includes expanded chapters on non-testable devices and methods, and improved, updated, and expanded testing/repair/troubleshooting information reflecting the latest products and procedures.

In collaboration with...more...

Watts introduced SmartStream UV, an innovative new solution for ultraviolet water disinfection in residential and commercial applications.

SmartStream provides several advanced capabilities, including automatic lamp dimming,...more...

TIA UMC 003-15 revises text in section 1206.1 of the UMC regarding pressure and temperature relief valves.

In accordance with the IAPMO Regulations Governing Committee...more...

When the Bell & Gossett (B&G) Company introduced its better booster pump in 1930, it established a legacy of ingenuity, quality and affordability that continues...more...

Nearly a year ago, Bryan Edwards, P.E., CxA, CEA, LEED AP BD+C, received an email that would change his life, and the lives of at...more...

Restrooms available in public buildings, sport venues, offices, rest stops, theaters, etc. are considered “commercial.” The design considerations must address the number of users, durability,...more...

The International Code Council (ICC) held its Group “A” Commentary hearings in Long Beach, Calif. in late October 2015 and early November 2015. The big...more...

Happy New Year everyone! In light of the California water crisis, I thought I would share this information of the Los Angeles aqueduct. The foresight...more...

PEX pipe and ProPEX expansion fittings are now available in 2.5-inch and 3-inch sizes for commercial applications, offering professionals the ability to specify and design...more...

Most plumbing engineers are expected to wear a wide variety of hats when designing plumbing systems. More often than not, their responsibilities overlap into engineering...more...

A federal report shows that the Legionnaires' disease outbreak that killed 12 residents of an Illinois state veterans home this summer and sickened dozens was...more...

IAPMO R&T, North America’s premier third-party certification body for plumbing, mechanical, and water treatment products, has earned approval to begin certifying high-efficiency flushometer-valve water closets...more...

On December 9th, Rheem® acquired Eemax™ Inc., from The Riverside Company, a private equity firm.

Eemax is recognized as the leading manufacturer of electric tankless...more...

In 1900, J.A. Zurn set out to eliminate wastewater back up in homes and buildings. To do so, he started Zurn Industries and manufactured his...more...

The design and construction industry encourages engineers and architects to be adversarial. It promotes seclusion based on time and energy. But, it takes time and...more...

One of the major headaches for engineers and contractors in today’s complicated construction projects is properly balancing a multi-loop domestic hot water system (DHWS). Getting...more...

“We had an economic turndown, so I had to let him go. And, he was really pissed off about that,” Saltzberg explained. The young man...more...

Only in California, after almost five years of a desolate drought, could the arrival of El Nino, with predictions of rain so heavy that mudslides...more...

Hello faithful readers! First I want to start by saying, "Happy Holidays to all!" I’m looking forward to 2016 being a whole lot better than...more...

Vent-Guard eliminates vent stack and grease interceptor toxic sewer gases from entering HVAC systems, roof gardens, living areas, pools, windows, skylights etc. The top is...more...

The AXION eyePOD is a thermostatically-controlled, faucet-mounted eyewash that duplicates the methodology recommended and used by medical professionals in a compact, low-profile design. With a...more...

The 2015 Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) Conference took place October 26-29, at Hotel Contessa on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. PMI gathered together...more...

ASPE is pleased to announce that Rada, a Kohler company, has signed up as an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor for the next year. Rada has made...more...

Team USA, whose sponsors included ASPE, emerged victorious in the recently completed Community Plumbing Challenge in Nashik, India. Team USA included three ASPE members: Jill...more...

China’s new public toilets feature an ATM, a lounge with vending machines, a machine for paying utility bills and even an electric-car charging station. Every...more...

To further meet the growing demand for sustainable building systems, Uponor North America is the first in the industry to offer a PEX purple pipe...more...

On the 14th annual World Toilet Day, American Standard announces an expansion of its Flush For Good initiative aimed at improving the quality of life...more...

Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open,...more...

Flomatic Corporation is proud to announce that all of their Model 888 silent wafer check valves are now NSF/ANSI standard 61-certified for drinking water systems....more...

Falcon Stainless announces its expansion with a relocation from Sun Valley, Calif. to Temecula, Calif. This move will allow Falcon to add staff and many new...more...

Editorial Director Ashlei Cooper recently attended the American Society of Plumbing Engineer’s (ASPE) Technical Symposium in St. Louis, Mo. The four-day event was well attended...more...

St. Elizabeth Villa in Hamilton, Ontario proudly offers “care-free independent and assisted living” for up to 90 retired adults. Overlooking Canada’s Golden Horseshoe region atop...more...

ASPE works to make legislative impact at all industry levels

By Carol Johnson, CPD, LEED AP, CFI

At ASPE’s 2015 Technical Symposium...more...

RATIO Architects awarded RTM Engineering Consultants (RTM)—as part of an A/E design team—the contract for MEP services for the overall renovation planned for the University...more...

The Hanby Elementary School & Bush Early Education Center, of the Brandywine School District in Wilmington, Del., was constructed in 2011 on the site of...more...

The ReNEWW House is a 2000 square foot, 1920s vintage bungalow-style house, located in West Lafayette, Ind., next to Purdue University’s campus. ReNEWW stands for...more...

Q: What is the history of Concast? At Concast, we trace our beginning back to 1891, when we began production of brass and bronze ingot in...more...

An aging population, aging water and increased awareness are just a few possible reasons for a rise in Legionnaires’ disease. If you weren’t thinking much about...more...

I received an e-mail from an industry leader in water conservation asking about a recent column on Legionnaires Disease. The column mentioned that water conservation...more...

As the size of my company grows there has been recent need for some restructuring. I’m sure most of you struggle as I do with...more...

TESTRITE is a safe, dry, fast inline DWV testing system, is designed with versatility in mind and can be installed in no-hub cast iron, ABS...more...

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC has enhanced its Ultra Flush toilet collection by adding a WaterSense® approved 1.28 gallons per flush product option. The addition of...more...

State records show Illinois is spending at least $2.3 million to fix a water system linked to a Legionnaires disease outbreak that has killed 12...more...

The Baltimore Sun reports that after spending $700 million over the past 13 years, Baltimore plans to drop another $400 million to fix an...more...

Tony Sanders, chief executive officer of a Chicago-area school district that recently had to shut down three schools after the discovery of Legionella, said there...more...

Sometimes a building needs a facelift. Perhaps the interior look needs freshening up, a redesign to create more space or the installation of new, energy-efficient...more...

Having a Made-in-America operation at Mansfield Plumbing means we have four locations in the U.S. — three in Ohio and one in Texas. Offering support...more...

When you were in eighth grade, what did you want to be when you grew up? If you were like most kids, you probably didn’t...more...

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) continues to position itself as an advocate working to communicate and harmonize regulatory and legislative issues on behalf of plumbing manufacturers....more...

Education facilities often come with an array of unique challenges, such as tight deadlines, strict budgets, special user requirements, and owner

...more...

Bell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, launched the highly efficient Series e-80 vertical inline centrifugal pump, enhancing its portfolio of system solutions for the commercial...more...

The American Society of Sanitary Engineering International (ASSE) will be developing a new professional Qualification Standard on the heels of several major Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks...more...

Probably the hottest and most challenging topic that has come up for me in recent months is that of cost control. The concept of cost...more...

Education: Western Michigan University
By Armstrong International

Precision. Agility. Control. Balance. Speed. These are physical characteristics that colleges and coaches look for from their athletes....more...

Explore any city enough, and at some point you’re likely to walk on water, so to speak.

Early city planners may have hoped for healthier...more...

Lasting up to 2.5 times longer than a standard sensor battery, the new PWRX long-life battery system is now available for all Selectronic hands-free flush...more...

DNAinfo New York reports that building owners in New York City have registered almost 5,000 cooling towers with the city in the wake of the...more...

The State-Journal Register reports that five lawsuits have been filed in connection with last September’s carbon monoxide leak at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard,...more...

The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Quincy, Illinois, has risen to 10, all but one of them at a home...more...

Work on a $110 million land-based casino project should not be delayed despite contractors being forced to redo about 2,500 feet of below-code water...more...

Fast Company website Co.DESIGN reports on how Grundfos developed the AQtap to solve the problem of dispensing clean water while also creating revenue for the local community....more...

Irvine, CA — Navien is expanding their line of condensing tankless NPE water heater series by adding the NPE-150S model. This smaller size “S”, Standard version, with...more...

Bill Fallow, P. Eng, chief plumbing inspector, technical inspection services, Department of Public Safety, New Brunswick was presented with the Joseph K. Seidner Award in...more...

Robert J. Pagano, Jr. was just days into beginning his second year as CEO of Watts Water Technologies, Inc., when we conducted our interview in...more...

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has been one of the industry’s advocates that has been vocal about water shortage issues, specifically the drought situation in California....more...

HOLDRITE is rapidly growing. And as it is growing, the privately held manufacturer is focusing on designing innovative plumbing solutions that will help improve the...more...

Between 1990 and 2010, the city of Cottonwood, Ariz., located in the state’s second fastest growing county, nearly doubled its residential service area. This growth...more...

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is excited for the next generation of industry talent. So excited that the society developed ASPE Young Professionals...more...

The New York City Council approved legislation on August 13 mandating several measures for cooling towers in the midst of the city’s worst breakout of...more...

I have seen a lot of changes in the plumbing codes since 1978, but the laws of physics have not changed. I joined ASPE in...more...

Years ago, I learned a lesson that you can’t have a flush valve tailpiece trap primer on an ADA water closet because it raises the...more...

From the outside, the 1920s villa in the seaside community of Newport, R.I., appears as any other stately historic home in the neighborhood. But inside...more...

The UK’s Guardian newspaper reports on the “Berglar,” a redesigned trap that features two filters that separate oil and grease from water. It’s the work...more...

Ralph Parsons, the wealthy founder of an international engineering firm, had a plan to end drought in Southern California – in 1961.

“The solution Parsons...more...

The Montreal Gazette reports in its Aug. 28 issue that two days after officials declared the drainage problems at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital were...more...

As part of its goal to educate building professionals and consumers in California on reducing water use, Kohler Co. has joined Connect the Drops, a...more...

For whole house or commercial building hot water on demand, Bosch Thermotechnology offers its wall-mountable Tronic 5000C and 6000C electric water heaters in kW input...more...

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation aimed at preventing further outbreaks of deadly Legionnaires’ disease.

An outbreak that began last...more...

After the New York City Council last week passed legislation to require the inspection of city cooling towers for the legionella bacteria, Gov. Andrew Cuomo...more...

With 12 confirmed dead and more than 120 cases of infection due to legionellosis, New York City Council on Thursday adopted legislation that requires adherence...more...

New regulations approved by the California Energy Commission mean shower heads sold in California will be limited to spraying 2 gallons per minute beginning in...more...

A new study from Perdue University provides guidance to health officials and drinking water providers on how to decontaminate plumbing systems.

"In the wake of...more...

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report on confusing and differing New York City and state responses to the Legionnaires’ outbreak as two more people...more...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised Sunday to begin state regulation of the structures, which have been blamed for a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the...more...

I joined a U.S. manufacturer of hydronic heating products and pumps in 1962. Over the last 53 years, I have witnessed the startup, evolution and...more...

Sometimes plumbing designs can look great on paper, but once installed out in the field, an en-tirely different scenario may ensue. Whether the unintended consequence...more...

The PHCP industry may have an entirely different R&D lab to test its products. Pegasus Global Holdings is currently restarting plans to build a full-size...more...

This month’s column is an update on several plumbing related organizations and their code and standard activities. The American Society of Sanitary Engineering International (ASSE)...more...

In the past I have written about gas pipe sizing, but some recent events have caused me to want to revisit the subject. As many of...more...

North Andover, Mass. – Watts Water recently unveiled www.onewattswater.com, a microsite that provides an overview of the broad selection of water products, services and solutions provided...more...

A UCLA report found that California water agencies are unable to keep close track of how much their own pipes are leaking.

Researchers with the...more...

Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of water are pumped into New York City from 19 upstate reservoirs and three lakes, some more than...more...

On July 21, Armstrong Fluid Technology, in partnership with Maddock Industries, hosted engineers and building owners at the Palmer House Hilton

...more...

Ecoflex pre-insulated pipe is now offered in 1, 1¼ and 1½ inch ASTM sizes. ASTM Ecoflex features hePEX plus barrier tubing

...more...

Track lavatory carriers feature a proprietary design that allows for independent horizontal and vertical adjustment of arms. The new “fast carriers”

...more...

The Drinkable Book™ is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water.  This filter is patent pending...more...

A new report from the CDC provides an update on infections associated with drinking water in the U.S. from 2011-2012. During these two years,...more...

Los Angeles, CA - California Gov. Jerry Brown applaudes citizens for a job well done on decreasing water usage in the state by 27% - two percent higher...more...

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced second quarter sales of $386.9 million, a decrease of 2.3%, as compared to the same period last year.

The company...more...

Two people have died in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York. Thirty-one cases of the flu-like disease have been reported since mid-July in the...more...

Low water pressure, at least when the plumbing is working, or no air conditioning or heat with apparently  one setting – “hot,” greet freshmen at...more...

The Atlanta Journal Constitution included a report last week on a reporter’s trip to the R.M. Clayton Water Reclamation Center to see first-hand the problem...more...

The Sloan® Royal flushometer line for urinals and water closets has expanded with the development of new Sloan Royal reclaimed water flushometer models engineered specifically...more...

Here’s a rundown on sewage treatment in eight cities around the world from Port-au-Prince with 262,000 tons of sewage annually to Shanghai 19 billion tons.

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The South China Morning Post reports that a plumber at the center of a lead-contaminated water scare at a Hong Kong public housing site where...more...

Rinnai has expanded its commercial line with the introduction of the C199 model, a condensing tankless water heater with a heat exchanger designed specifically for...more...

In Santa Barbara, the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant has sat in limbo since 1992, when it was cranked up for testing and quickly shut...more...

In its 2015 edition, the International Plumbing Code cut the required number of drinking fountains in buildings by half. American’s penchant for bottled water is...more...

Since early spring, Carlisle, Pa., water authorities and engineers with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc., an engineering firm with six locations Pennsylvania, Ohio and West...more...

The Washington Post reported in its June 29th issue about a multimillion-dollar battle with owners of multimillion-dollar condominiums at one of the city’s most prestigious...more...

The AP reports that New York City officials are considering a plan that would require publicly available, single-occupancy restrooms in both public and private buildings...more...

Water bills as high as $11,000, followed by an 119 percent increase spell big trouble for the 11,770 residents of Highland Park, a community essentially...more...

For years now, health care facilities have been looking into alternative methods of designing and constructing first-class facilities that provide the highest value at the lowest costs to build. Design and construction teams for these facilities have to develop new ideas and...more...

Perhaps one of the most important human needs in our society is a supply of clean safe drinking water. And, it is also something that...more...

We’ve all read about the drought in California and he steps that have been taken to conserve water. In November 2014, Governor Jerry Brown won approval for a $7.5 billion...more...

Engineers are showing less detail on the drawings for valves, strainers, pressure gauges, temperature gauges and other piping accessories. They are showing less information on...more...

Recently, I’ve been involved in an unusual project that proved to be quite a challenge with our local authority, the Los Angeles Department of Building...more...

A couple of decades after Alan Turing ushered in the computer age, another British mathematician named John Horton Conway developed the WINNIE, a “Water...more...

Perrysville, Ohio – As companies across the country observe "Made in the USA Day" on July 2, Mansfield Plumbing will celebrate the day by marking 86...more...

Baltimore – Tucked inside a 15-bedroom facility in Baltimore, Maryland, is a family-centered, supportive community of residents who have been brought together by an unfortunate set of...more...

North Andover, Mass. — Powers today announced the IntelliStation, a smart delivery system that allows managers of commercial and institutional facilities such as hospitals, hotels, universities and...more...

Rockland, Mass. – Neutrasafe Corp. has added new products to their line of high-quality condensate neutralizers to fit almost any hi-efficiency, gas fired application.  Improvements have also...more...

A water scale-prevention technology new to the U.S., but proven in Europe for more than 40 years, has been validated by a General

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Recently, I spent the better part of a day trouble shooting the hot water circulation system on a building we designed and built back in...more...

The last code development cycle for the International Codes brought about a code change that was submitted to the model codes by a manufacturer of...more...

Let me introduce myself by telling you about the greatest guy I never met. Charlie Horton founded two trade magazines, and I had the pleasure...more...

The line of LCSE split-coupled end suction pumps with integrated motor, drive and control feature the MLE variable speed motor in ranges from 3 to...more...

The E.2 Pump-Less Volute (PLV) is designed to upgrade, renew or replace all working parts of all models in the E Series family of circulators....more...

HARRISON, Ohio – Blue Angel Pumps, a professional line of sump and sewage pumps dedicated to the professional plumber, will be rolling out enhanced product...more...

Piscataway, N.J. ― American Standard has been honored with a Patents for Humanity award from the U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)...more...

North Andover, Mass. – Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced that Munish Nanda joined the company as president, Americas. Nanda comes to Watts Water from ITT...more...

North Andover, Mass. – Watts' new line of green roof drains is designed to handle water flow on buildings with roofs that support the growth of...more...

Perrysville, Ohio – Thanks to continued business growth, Mansfield Plumbing is currently looking to hire 40 new full-time employees.

“We're fortunate that we continue to...more...

The Mohegan tribe created a fairy tale destination spot in 2007 with some of northeast Pennsylvania’s finest dining, retail shopping and live entertainment events. Boasting...more...

Nathaniel Whiting patented the first grease "trap" in California in 1884. Whiting’s design was basically the same then as today’s passive or gravity type grease...more...

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is aproblem.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin​

One of...more...

In February 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge to encourage hotels to “ACT" by Assess water use and savings opportunities, Change...more...

By Richard Hanson, 
www.ecovieenvironmental.com and www.georgiawatertanks.com

Water. Second only to air in terms of value to life. Yet, most construction projects treat this valuable resource...more...

The new SANIACCESS 3 upflush macerating plumbing system comes equipped with two easy-to-open panels atop the unit, providing ready access to the internal components for...more...

True Set adjustable drains and cleanouts provide inches of height adjustment and up to five degrees of pitch adjustment (with optional leveling kit). Post-pour adjustment...more...

There’s some good news for the hospitality industry, according to a 2013 survey by J. D. Power. Hotel guest satisfaction is at its highest point...more...

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is a 1,260-room luxury hotel near Atlanta’s city center, encompassing some 1,487,000 square feet in three towers.

Scope 
The prior...more...

As a relatively new company, K. Regan Mechanical (founded in 2006) felt it needed a competitive edge to open doors to new business in the...more...

Hydra-Zorb announced the availability of its Klo-Shure Insulation Couplings for metric-sized polypropylene pipe systems, including Blue Pipe and Green Pipe. The

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North Andover, Mass. – Watts Water announced that company experts in water quality, mixing valves, and other systems will be delivering classes at its rep...more...

Des Plaines, Ill. – Chris Larys has joined Geberit as the new central region sales/national builder manager. Larys will oversee client accounts, product training and business...more...

Ontario, Calif. – The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) will commence development of an American National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation to...more...

Rolling Meadows, Ill. – Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI)  appreciates and applauds Governor

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Parsippany, N.J. – The Hydraulic Institute (HI) will be hosting a new two-part Reliability of Pumping Equipment webinar series presented by Tom Grove of AESSEAL...more...

Rosemont, Ill. – ASPE’s Ethics in Plumbing Engineering webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 p.m. EDT. This one-hour contact program provides Continuing...more...

Perrysville, Ohio – California's drought has focused nationwide attention on saving water during 2015 Earth Day events on April 22. From washing machines to dishwaters...more...

Washington, D.C. – The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition hosted the Future of Water Congressional Briefing, an event that helped mark the beginning of Water Week...more...

Back in 1985, when I first entered this industry, my then boss at JB&B, Richard Reilly, wrote a feature article for Plumbing Engineer titled, "High-Rise...more...

On April 16, NAECA went into effect. As Plumbing Engineer is wrapping up updates for that standard, we are also preparing

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Last month, Part 1 of this article discussed the requirement for a permit for an inspection if you replace a water heater. In most cases,...more...

First, I would like to start with a correction to my February column. I incorrectly stated the vapor pressure of propane as 320 psi. For...more...

The new stainless steel ligature-resistant toilet is designed to withstand abuse and loads that vitreous china cannot. It features a straight back-to-wall to prevent tie...more...

The redesigned SANIBEST PRO is a 1-horsepower upflush grinder system with 25 percent more power than the previous generation. The enhanced SANIBEST PRO leverages a...more...

Bergen, N.Y. – Liberty Pumps, a manufacturer of sump, sewage and wastewater pumps is undergoing a major expansion of its facilities.

The construction, which doubles the...more...

Washington, D.C. – In response to new guidance released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the...more...

Jakarta, Indonesia – The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and the National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN) on March 18 at the Ritz-Carlton,...more...

Rolling Meadows, Ill. - As part of the ongoing initiative to expand on its social media messaging with engagement, amplification and applause for its messages, PMI...more...

Rosemont, Ill. – The Code Study & Development Committee of S.E. Michigan was founded by John Nussbaum back around 1990.

Nussbaum was executive director of...more...

FRANKLIN PARK, IL – Sloan has donated water- and energy-efficient plumbing products for the restrooms at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, the Green...more...

Rolling Meadows, Ill. – Plumbing Manufacturers International(PMI), whose members produce about 90 percent of the nation’s plumbing products, developed these 10 reasons why plumbing matters...more...

By Jim Allen, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Plumbing Engineering, Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc.

Balancing valves in recirculation systems does what Marsha Brady’s...more...

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Background: MaineGeneral Health was in triage mode, considering how best to deal with a hodgepodge of aging health care facilities. The...more...

Special to Plumbing Engineer from ThermOmegaTech

Many buildings require multiple branches off the hot water supply line. Water flows to the

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Due to the length of this article, it will be published in two parts. Part one will cover why we need permits. Next month, part...more...

Some months ago I was approached by staff from the UCLA Extension Engineering & Technology to teach plumbing design online classes. Some of you already...more...

Chicago – The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) has released two new draft standards for public review.

ARCSA/ASPE 78: Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use

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Mokena, Ill. — ASSE 1037-2015/ASME A112.1037-2015/CSA B125.37-15, Performance Requirements for Pressurized Flushing Devices for Plumbing Fixtures, has been approved by the American National Standards Institute...more...

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) are

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In North America, we are lucky to have safe and easy access to treated water just by turning on the tap.

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While the concept of drainage may seem simple, taking water you don't want out of the way, the reality is that choosing the right drainage...more...

Oh, that funky smell of gas. We are all familiar with it. One whiff immediately sends off those warning signals in

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There are currently minimal provisions in the Uniform Plumbing Code, International Plumbing Code, International Property Maintenance Code

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CHICAGO — IAPMO R&T, IAPMO EGS, and the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) enjoyed heavy visitation to their AHR Expo booths as representatives promoted the wide...more...

I have noticed a lot of misquoting of the plumbing codes when it comes to hot water system temperatures and hot water system controls. There...more...

The launch of the Wilkins Z-Bite and Z-Press Solderless Connections creates a wide array of push-fit and press-fit connection options. The

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Six new ProPEX Lead-free (LF) Brass CPVC Adapter Fittings for transitioning from CPVC to PEX in commercial plumbing and hydronic distribution

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SCOUT is a wireless solution that enables you to view the performance of a compressed air system 24 hours a day

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Tthe Terminator G, a bronze/ductile iron fixed orifice, globe style balancing valve. The multi-turn hand wheel and equal percentage throttling disk

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Lynn A. McVay is the new Managing Partner of Mainline Sales. Mainline Sales is a Manufacturers’ Representative Agency serving the plumbing, mechanical, fire protection,...more...

NEW YORK — The new Mini-Anemometer/Psychrometer with CFM/CMM & Enthalpy (DAF3009) from General Tools & Instruments is ideal for HVACR technicians and contractors. It offers...more...

ATLANTA — LUXE Linear Drains, a leading manufacturer of

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In the October issue of Plumbing Engineer, “Into the Code”

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The $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., is home to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and a model

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In the plumbing industry in the U.S., there is an increasing focus on water quality and waterborne pathogens. For public water

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As building systems become increasingly sophisticated, the demand for improved efficiency grows. Engineers and owners are always looking for ways to

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Employers are required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines to provide a safe work environment for workers. This includes

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2015 is a healthy and prosperous year for all of you.

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ONTARIO, Calif. — The World Plumbing Council (WPC), an international organization dedicated to developing and promoting the image and standards of

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The new coil kit CKA is a one-sourced kit supplied with 9900 series Automatic Balancing Valve. It also includes brass strainer

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The new heavy-duty M•Dura Bedpan Washer is built to withstand the most demanding health care environments and designed to limit the

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The new SMART Einstein Series ECM circulators have advanced variable speed technology that adapts to system demand to maximize performance and

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From its origins in Madison, Wis., Affiliated Engineers Inc. (AEI) has grown considerably in geography, scale and scope. The company has evolved into a true...more...

By Lynn Mueller

Whether you call it green plumbing or simply smart economics, the underlying theory is the same. Environmental and economic issues are driving...more...

In August, a group of major organizations in the design, engineering, and construction communities announced a joint effort to bring together numerous green and sustainability...more...

In recent months, I have had conversations with several different people about the ever growing demands put upon consulting engineers. Sadly, engineering fees have not...more...

About once a year, you should receive a water quality report in your utility bill. They all appear a little different, depending on where you...more...

Health care continues to be an important and growing market for the plumbing industry and for the construction sector as a whole. Even when the...more...

Over the years, I have learned that there is a significant amount of confusion about the application of pressure reducing valves, and which valve to...more...

Several years ago, I was attending a plumbing industry annual meeting and the topic of discussion during one of the social events was hazardous medical...more...

I love getting feedback from readers. Not only is it interesting to learn what others have to say, it is evidence that I am not...more...

Listening to customers can be a surprisingly rare trait in businesses of any kind. But, those firms that take the time to listen to customer...more...

As Earth Day approached in April, consumers considered ways to “green” up their lifestyles. One opportunity was how to handle food waste.

Each year in...more...

In “The Missing Hunter’s Curve” (Plumbing Engineer, October 2013), I demonstrated that the probability curve developed by Dr. Roy Hunter in the early 1920s is...more...

Historical buildings restored to their original look and feel can be awe-inspiring on the outside and exquisite within. But, getting to that ultimate state of...more...

Separating and dealing with oil and grease waste is an important and often challenging aspect in commercial food service design. Highland Tank has been on...more...

Most plumbing engineers are familiar with the storm water flow calculation:

Q = ciA

Where:

Q is flow in CFS
c is the coefficient...more...

Over the last 36 years, I have collected a few nuggets of plumbing design knowledge and maintenance wisdom from experience troubleshooting plumbing systems. I did...more...

Today's plastic-based materials enable pipe manufacturers to provide the plumbing industry with products that are rugged yet light in weight, easy to use, and cost...more...

Having demonstrated how Dr. Hunter derived capacities for horizontal drains in fixture units, we will now turn our attention to the UPC table for horizontal...more...

The concept of sidewall runoff is that wind driven rain can blow against the side of a building and increase the amount of storm water...more...

In a democratic society, we rely on laws to regulate how we govern and maintain order. Americans have gathered to make laws since our colonial...more...

There are at least two reasons that Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes are determining the winners and leaders in both the plumbing design and contracting...more...

By Mark Graf, Derek Main and Robert Linzmeier

Depending on how advanced your utilization of Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems is, you may or may...more...

It’s funny, or rather, frustrating how nothing ever gets simpler. Everything always seems to get more complicated. Take for example the Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation...more...

The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national Since...more...

By Peter Gobis III

Sort of like when Facebook started, we knew it was there, but we didn’t quite understand the gravity and impact that...more...

By Alfredo Gomez

Frequent and highly publicized incidents of combined sewer overflows into rivers and streams, as well as water main breaks in the largest...more...

By Glenn Mainardi

A recent quick poll done by Luvata indicated that every five years the average age of the qualified engineer increases by three...more...

A thermostatic mixing valve tempers hot water down to a lower temperature by:

a. Passing through a chilled water heat exchanger
b. Isentropic expansion
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I can always tell from the questions I get from our guys in the field when there is an issue that is poorly understood and...more...

In the May 2011 issue of this magazine, I wrote a column titled, “Is PVC an acceptable vent material for flue gases?” in which I...more...

I recently inspected the mechanical systems in student housing at a Midwest university. The school had hundreds of apartments in numerous buildings with high efficiency...more...

Plumbing design professionals and contractors are faced with many challenges when designing, installing or maintaining domestic hot water systems. Two of the more important challenges...more...

Every year, thousands of people suffer serious thermal shock and/or scalding injuries in showers or combination tub/shower fixtures. Tens of millions of currently installed code...more...

Water has the unfortunate quality of being heavier than air. In fact, it weighs 62.4 pounds per cubic foot. This mass requires a pressure of...more...

When designing sanitary or storm drainage systems, it is important for the design professional to think about how the drainage system will be maintained. For...more...

High-rise buildings have very complex and challenging plumbing systems. I find that there is not much plumbing code language that specifically addresses how a high-rise...more...

MORROW, Ga. —TOTO, plumbing manufacturer with $5.1 billion dollars in annual

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ONTARIO, Calif. — The IAPMO Group announced the hiring of Thomas Palkon as senior vice president of Water Systems. Palkon brings to IAPMO 18 years of hands-on...more...

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – In its continuing effort to provide education on current and important topics to the pump industry, the Hydraulic Institute has collaborated with...more...

WASHINGTON — The 2015 I-Codes help achieve resiliency, safety, innovation and affordability in the built environment. Code users can begin to prepare for adoption and use...more...

LISLE, Ill. — In partnership with the Chinese media outlet China Drinking Water Specialist (CDWS), the Water Quality Association (WQA) co-hosted the 2014 International Drinking...more...

WASHINGTON — The International Code Council (ICC) has been announced as the sponsor of National Institute of Building Sciences Board Chairman James “Tim” Ryan’s remarks about...more...

TAMPA, Fla. — RedVector.com, a leader in eLearning and

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —Delany Products announced the appointment of ELMCO + ASSOC. to represent its Northern California and Northern Nevada areas.

In 1945, Elmco was founded...more...

FORT WAYNE, ind. – Franklin Electric Co., Inc. introduced the enhanced SubDrive family of constant pressure drives that provide easier setup and configuration through advanced...more...

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Watts announced it has released its next generation IntelliFlow A2CM1 automatic washing machine shutoff valve designed to meet the requirements of today’s...more...

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) held their Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition in late September. I always find that attending the ASPE convention...more...

My 12-year-old son has been learning to play the electric guitar for several years. The process has not been easy. As we all know, learning...more...

By Mark Handzel

With an estimated 20 percent or more of the electricity in the U.S. consumed by commercial and industrial water pumps, creating a...more...

Science, technology, engineering and math. STEM. The future of education. As cliché, as using a STEM reference to discuss education project design may be, it somehow...more...

There have been a significant number of insurance water damage claims that have been denied recently, where sewers backed up into homes and caused water...more...

One of the greatest challenges in our engineering industry is determining when a project is truly done. How do you know when a design is...more...

Circulator pumps are quite literally the heart of any plumbing system. With so much resting on the performance of a circulator, efficiency and reliability are...more...

The first rule of plumbing is “sewage flows downhill.” When sewage is not following the rules, you’re going to need a backwater valve. These little...more...

I am often asked, “What is a safe hot water temperature for domestic hot water?” If you read the model codes, it states the maximum...more...