March 2019 Print

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Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society.

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This Month's Meeting

March Technical Meeting

March 19, 2019
11:30 AM MDT - 1:00 PM MDT

Legends Sports Pub
677 S. 200 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Venue website


Main Presentation:

Scott Elkins with Fitzpatrick Sales will be presenting on Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention.

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President's Report

by Brad Welch

As I was driving home from St. George earlier this month, a sign for Historic Cove Fort caught my attention.  I have often noticed this sign on that drive, but I have never stopped there.  I have often wondered what makes Cove Fort so Historic, so I Googled it.  The website has the following information:

Cove Fort is located immediately northeast of the junction of I-15 and I-70, in the southeast corner of Millard County, twenty miles south of Kanosh and twenty-four miles north of Beaver.

The fort was built to offer protection and refreshment to the traveler. Beginning in 1847, pioneers began settling the high mountain valleys stretching from Idaho to California. They came here to worship in peace and to build homes and communities. The fort is made of lava rock, which workers hauled from west of the property. The fort is 100 square feet, 18.5 feet tall, 4 feet thick at the footings and 2.5 feet thick at the top.

In 1867, the prophet Brigham Young called Ira Hinckley and his family to come and direct the building and operations of the fort.

Cove Fort has been restored to bring the past a little bit more to life. This is the only fort built by the Latter-day Saints in the 1800's that still stands.

I wonder if the people who built and used Cove Fort knew at the time that they were making it so historic.  Have you ever wondered if you were playing a part in something that would one day be called historic?  If you know you were, would it change what you do?  Live as if you are a major part of something that future generations will call historic.  Maybe your great great grandkids will drive by a sign directing them to Historic Legends Pug and Grill and they wonder why it is historic.  They Google it and find out that it was the location of a great breakthrough in plumbing design during one of the local ASPE chapter technical presentations.  It could happen.

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Special Announcement

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Member Spotlight

Konrad Joda

My name is Konrad Joda, I am 25 years old, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and work as a manufacturers representative with the Lovell Company in Salt Lake. Prior to moving to Utah less than a year ago, my career in the plumbing industry started when I got a job working for Bradley Corporation. Coming out of college I never would have thought I would be in the plumbing industry, but here I am and I love it. My favorite part is working with a variety of people from architects and engineers to plumbers and wholesalers. When I am not working, I spend the majority of my time outdoors either hiking, biking or skiing. Two interesting facts about me are that I rode my bike across America in 40 days, and I won the Pinewood Derby every year in boy scouts. I am excited to experience all of what Utah has to offer and I also look forward to seeing how I can continue my success in the plumbing industry.

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VP Technical Article

by Nick Allred

Well it's spring time in the Rockies! Ok, not quite we still have a couple days to go for spring to officially start its but close enough.  First, I want to share some information about an upcoming event, The 2019 Intermountain Legionella Symposium on March 27, 2019.  This is a full day symposium on the latest medical, legal and engineering techniques for reducing the risks of Legionella infection in our buildings.  When I looked at the website and it looked to be a wonderful and educational experience.

The second thing I wanted to talk (write) about is volunteering.  I was reading about a couple new standards from ASSE regarding water heaters.  I happened to see that a past ASPE President was a co-chair for the ASSE workgroup that developed the standards.  I’ve noticed this before but tend to forget about it, that it seems that it’s a small group of people that volunteer on a regular basis in ASPE and other similar professional associations on the national level.  I don’t mean to be calling anyone out on this.  Lord knows I could be doing more myself.  But could I really?  It seems that some people are on this committee and that committee along with this board position and the board position.  And maintaining a full-time job, time with family, religious practice, pursuing hobbies. How do the find time for it all?  But do I need to be on two or three committees or association boards like the over-achievers? No, but I do have time in my regular 24 hour day – 7 day week to do more not just for ASPE but also other professional associations or community organizations.  The more time and energy I put into my ASPE or other memberships, the more I get out of being a member.  

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VP Membership Article

by Jeff Zaugg

Do you have some great plumbing ideas you are looking to share?  Well, you’re in luck because ASPE has just announced a call for abstracts for the 7th biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS) next year.  According to ASPE Executive Director/CEO Billy Smith, FASPE topics include: water-energy nexus, water efficiency, water quality, alternate water sources, 3-D modeling for plumbing and mechanical applications, water reuse, water infrastructure, sustainability, mitigating opportunistic pathogens, and more.  The symposium will be in San Antonio May 12–13, 2020 but the deadline to submit an abstract is October 1, 2019.  For more information here is a link:

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Special Announcement

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AYP Article

by Mauro Artica

Our ASPE 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament is just around the corner and it seems to be getting a lot more attention than our ASPE soccer team. Our indoor soccer team had a "good run" and as warmer weather comes to Utah, it opens up many possibilities for different activities we can enjoy together with the support of ASPE Intermountain. If there is an activity you are passionate about and you believe your fellow ASPE members would enjoy, please send me an email and we can look into making it happen. These types of activities not only increase our professional networks but they also help us relax and have some fun outside the stresses of the workday.

A couple of years ago, our chapter president Brad Welch, invited me to go mountain biking with him. I figured I've know how to ride a bike ever since I can remember, and so this should be a pretty simple activity. On the trail, as I constantly kept trying to keep up with him, I eventually fell off my bike, bruising a rib, and almost passing out. Let me tell you, it was awesome! Since then, I have gone mountain biking a few more times and I believe there was some improvement. I have been told the bicycle you ride will make a huge difference. Since I am very interested in seeing the difference a better mountain bike will make, I brought up the idea to have a mountain biking activity to our ASPE board members. Can we hold an ASPE activity where we can all rent mountain bikes and go ride on a trail? Only you can make this happen as you show interest and provide feedback.

I share this experience with the intent of helping us realize that we can have any kind of activity we are interested in, and ASPE intermountain will support us in making it happen. I mean, we did just have a soccer team sponsored by ASPE, imagine what else we can do. Please let me know your thoughts.

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Picture of the Month

This picture does not have much to do with plumbing, but I thought it was entertaining.  this is what happens when you have a broken exhaust fan dome and a garbage can you don't need anymore.  I wonder how much money the owner saved with this fix.

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Special Announcement

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