ASTM Sustainability Committee eyes water stewardship standards

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

With an eye to a user base of regulators, design professionals and environmentalists, the new ASTM Subcommittee E60.07 on Water Use and Conservation will target standards supporting sustainability and sustainable development of water-related products and processes.

ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability Chair Michael Schmeida says E60.07 will a) address a wide range of issues related to the environmental, social, economic and other attributes of water; and, b) acquire, promote and disseminate technical knowledge to stimulate research in and the development of specifications associated with water use. “Water sustainability is a major, growing concern for all aspects of society: business,” he adds. “The time for this subcommittee has come, and I applaud the E60 executive committee for elevating ASTM’s work in this area.”

Chairing E60.07 is Rick Layton of Haines, Jones & Cadbury, a Bentonville, Ark.-based plumbing products distributor. A longtime ASTM member, he is affiliated with organizations dedicated to water standards and code development, and has overseen efforts surrounding residential wastewater, rainwater quality and building-water stewardship and reclamation. The subcommittee will be positioned to pursue standards development in areas ranging from fixture efficiency in homes to “net-zero” water use to hydraulic fracturing in energy resource extraction.

E60 and E60.07 will convene next during Committee Week, October 27-29 in Tampa, Fla. Contacts: (technical) Rick Layton, 800/459-7099, [email protected], or Michael Schmeida, Oatey Co., Clinton, Ohio, [email protected]; (staff liaison) Stephen Mawn, 610/832-9726, [email protected].