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President's Report

 Julie Hadfield

Hello All,

Our February meeting will be on February 23th via Zoom. You will be receiving an invite with the link to register for the meeting this afternoon. The meeting is hosted by ASPE Education (on aspe.org). You must register through them to attend the meeting. Click on the link in the invite, register for the Atlanta Chapter Meeting, and log in to your account to complete the process. You will get a confirmation email and an email closer to the meeting with a link to the presentation. You can also access the presentation by going directly to the Education section of ASPE.org. The website closes registration before the event, so be sure to register at least a day beforehand. Once it is closed, we don’t have the ability to add you in. If you have any questions or problems, reach out to a member of the board.

As a reminder, the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam registration is now open. Registration deadline is April 8 with the exam being April 5-16.

The 2021 Technical Symposium will be September 21-26 in San Diego, California. Mark your calendars!

Dennis Connelly will be presenting to a Fulton County class for Career Day this coming week. If you are doing something similar or anything for Engineering Week, let us know. It helps with the Chapter Award of Merit.

I want to point out two member benefits that you may not be on your radar. ASPE education has many opportunities to get CEUs and continue to learn new skills while being socially distant. First, there are many on demand webinars to choose whatever strikes your fancy. The second is the Read, Learn, Earn program. CEUs are awarded after reading an article and completing the quiz.

ASPE also offered the Book of the Month benefit for members. Each month there is a discount on a different book from the ASPE bookstore.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Society Notice

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Monthly Meeting Info

February 2021 Technical Session

Session: Water Savings With Every Flush

February 23 @ 7:00 P.M EST

Please register at the following link at least 2 hours prior to the start time:


Note: As of Nov. 1 2020 for ASPE members the session is FREE. NonMembers cost is $25


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VP Technical Report

 Dennis M Connelly

February 2021

Greetings to Friends, Families and Associates of ASPE Atlanta!

Happy February; Happy Groundhog Day; Happy Valentines; Happy Fat Tuesday!! We are busy, busy and have just gotten started! That’s the way things are starting for me this year; projects rolling in and plenty already on the table. WOW! Looks like it will be a busy year. I hope all my peers out there are getting the same at your place.

I am sorry to miss our meeting last month, but I was driving to Massachusetts to deliver my daughter to her new position. That was an interesting drive; I had some fun in the freezing cold, but I am glad to be back where winter days actually get above freezing!

Since the first of the year, the nation’s Covid numbers are finally starting to subside. We are working through the holiday surge finally, people are getting back to masks and social separation, and we have new leadership in Washington putting more emphasis on science and cooperation, plus the vaccine is finally getting into arms around the country and world. I got my first shot last week, so I am optimistic about our outlook. Now if we can just make headway with vaccinations and limit new cases so we can get ahead of the variants going around. Like you all, I am very much looking forward to being able to meet you all in person.

This is another busy year for ASPE Society. Planning has started for the Technical Symposium on September 22-26 in San Diego, CA! There is a call for papers for that session, so this is your opportunity to share your new idea or product to a hungry audience. There is even a contest to win a trip to that show.

The CPD Exam us coming around again and registration is now open through April 8, 2021. The exam will be held via remote proctor from April 5 – 16, 2021. This is a great program that I highly recommend. I can honestly say that being a CPD has been a great boost to my career through the years. Not only that, but there is also a fabulous review class, complete with mock exams to get you ready. You really cannot lose.

Our February ASPE Technical Presentation is just around the corner as well. We will meet, virtually, on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm. We will be welcoming Richard Rossi with Niagara who will be reviewing the latest low flow technology for toilets and showers, along with updating current trends in water conservation. I’m looking forward to this presentation, so please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

In closing, I want to remind us all that we are all better when we reach out and communicate. One of the best communications tools you have is the Atlanta ASPE website and the Newsletter. Not only do you get timely articles (like this one), but you can find the contacts for products and people that make your work better. You support your society as well, even if we do not get to see each other’s smiling faces. Be sure to check us out.

In fact, this week I was reminded of another benefit to ASPE membership, when I received a letter and resume from an engineer in California who is relocating to our area. He was reaching out in advance to get his resume on the market, which is something any member can do, networking through our Society. It is a great additional benefit, so be sure to return your membership dues right away.

That is all the news I have today. You can always reach me at [email protected] to talk about ASPE, plumbing, or whatever is on your mind. Drop me a note! Whether you are staying in or going out, please be safe. Wear your mask, wash your hands, cover your sneeze, and keep your distance wherever possible. I really do want to see everyone again in the future.

Dennis M. Connelly CPD

VP Technical

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Important Dates (Society)

Engineer’s Week, February 21st thru the 27th, 2021.

2021 Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam registration is open now. Registration deadline is April 8, 2021.

2021 CPD Review Class 1 – February 13, 14 and 20 – 10AM CST – 3PM CST, Member $300, Non- Member $350

2021 CPD Review Class 2 – February 27, 28 and March 6 – 10AM CST – 3PM CST, Member $300, Non-Member $350

 2021 Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam is April 5-16, 2021.

2021: Technical Symposium: September 21 – 26, 2021 in San Diego Mission Valley Marriott. Call for Presentations and Speakers for Technical Symposium.

Future Events:
2022: Convention and Expo: September 16 – 21, 2022 in JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

2023: Technical Symposium: September 26 – October 2, 2023, Bellevue, WA

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Classifieds - Openings/Looking

We had an Engineer who is currently in California that is looking to relocate to the Atlanta area reach out. Below is their contact info if you have any openings you are trying to fill.

Joelon Chinn, PE, CPD, GPD, LEED AP BD+C
V.P. Engineering | Technical Director | Senior Engineer
E: [email protected] P: 559-259-6689 A: Atlanta Metro area

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VP Legislative Report


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VP Education Report

 Reza Bahador

I hope everyone is having a fabulous February thus far!

For some of us its that time of year to recertify your CPD certification. Click here access the application and please follow this second link to answer any questions that you may have: education.aspe.org/cpdrecert

The recertification process is running now through April.

Don’t delay and wind up with the need for last minute CEU’s. Read, Learn and Earn at Education.ASPE.

The 2021 CPD Exam will be held via remote proctor from April 5 - 16, 2021.

Be prepared and register for one of two online review classes. These classes focus on what you will be tested on and the test format.

Registration closes: April 8, 2021

To be eligible to take the CPD Examination, a candidate must possess:

  • Full ASPE membership or previously received approval to sit for the exam starting November 23, 2020; or
  • A minimum of four years of experience in a position of responsibility for the design of plumbing systems and possess a baccalaureate degree in a field related to engineering; or
  • In lieu of an accredited degree, a candidate may substitute up to an additional four years of practical experience in the design of plumbing systems, for a total of eight years, or be granted a credit of one-half year of practical experience for each full year of education in an accredited curriculum related to plumbing engineering.


If you possess any of these, you can begin registration here.

To inquire if you'd be eligible, fill out the eligibility form to notify the Credentialing Committee.

Here's more about the CPD Examination:


The 2021 CPD Exam fees are:

  • ASPE Members   $450
  • Nonmembers      $675


For those of you who are interested in expanding your knowledge of a particular subject or just need to brush up on some skills, take a moment and visit the Society’s Education Opportunities page.

If you haven’t already, check out the ASPE Tables App available at the ASPE Bookstore.

We are constantly doing our best to make sure that our members have easy access to all the tools available to them. Please let us know of any suggestions that you may have to make your experience better and keep an eye out as we revise and update information on our ASPE Atlanta Chapter’s site.

Stay warm and stay safe.

Reza Bahador, CPD

Senior Plumbing Engineer

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