Chicago — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that its application to form and administer a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the newly created International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee on Water Reuse (ISO/TC 282) was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on September 11, 2013. The U.S. TAG, with ASPE as the administrator, will be responsible for forming U.S. positions on draft standards developed within ISO/TC 282.
“I am very pleased that ASPE took the lead on this effort to ensure that American positions on international water reuse standards are put forth in a collaborative way that incorporates the expertise of all relevant stakeholders,” says ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE.
The International Organization for Standardization is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards, using global consensus to help break down barriers to international trade. ISO/TC 282 covers both centralized and decentralized water reuses, direct and indirect, incorporating the technical, economic, environmental, and societal aspects of water reuse. The Secretariat has been allocated to Japan and China as part of a twinning arrangement, and 31 countries in addition to the United States are currently participating or observing on the committee.
“The standards developed under the new ISO Technical Committee on Water Reuse will have wide-ranging implications for plumbing engineers and designers working in today’s global industry,” says Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, ASPE Executive Director/CEO. “It is imperative that organizations such as ASPE and our industry partners have a strong voice in this process to ensure the safety of the public in both the United States and internationally.”