Why all Backflow Testers should be a Member

The members of the American Backflow Prevention Association – San Antonio Chapter enjoy many benefits that are not only measured in dollars alone, but are also measured in learning experiences and the necessary requirements to renew their TCEQ issued licenses every three years. The Board of Directors works hard to provide the services needed to help the members excel at their jobs by being knowledgeable in the backflow field.

ABPA-SA has eleven monthly meetings each year, January thru November, with training held at each meeting. The training usually provides one (1) CEU at each meeting and sometimes may provide two (2) CEUs, depending on the length of the training session.

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ABPA 2019 National Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah

The ABPA Conference held in Salt Lake City was a huge success thanks to ABPA National and the Utah Chapter. Conference Highlights Included 36 Technical Sessions as noted below:

  • USEPA and Utah DEQ 
  • Presentations on Managing a CCC Program 
  • Hydraulics; Incidents; CCC Surveys; Fire Suppression; Ethics; operating a Backflow Prevention Related Company 
  • Dedicated Tester Workshop 
  • Valuable Access to Industry Suppliers and Partners
  • Opportunity to Become an ABPA Certified Tester or Specialist On-Site
  • Access To a Beautiful City With Many offerings 

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The High Cost of Ignoring Drinking Water Standards

CertainTeed Corp. will pay $365,500 in civil penalties to settle alleged violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act at its vinyl siding manufacturing plant in Westlake, La., which had no approved source of drinking water for its employees for years.

The Malvern, Pa.-based building products company failed to correct "significant deficiencies" identified during a sanitary survey of the Lake Charles area plant by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). The violations included failure to provide approved and permitted drinking water for the 43 employees as well as failure to monitor and test for contaminants that can result in adverse health effects.

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What Causes Contamination Through Cross-Connections to Occur?

Under intended flow conditions, distribution systems are pressurized to deliver finished water from the treatment plant to the customer. However, two situations can cause the direction of flow to reverse: pressure in the distribution system can drop due to various conditions or an external system connected to the distribution system may operate at a higher pressure than the distribution system. These differences in pressure can cause contaminants to be drawn or forced into the distribution system. Contamination introduced due to backflow into the distribution system may then flow freely into other customer connections. The following conditions must be present for contamination to occur through cross-connections.

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Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: What Backflow Testers
Need to Know About Legal Liability

Our training this month will be presented by our guest speaker, Katrina Hamrick. She was born and raised in San Antonio and decided in the fourth grade to be a lawyer. She has 20 plus years of experience as in-house counsel with 10 plus of those years being a General Counsel and handling a wide variety of matters for both public and private companies.

She was selected as Outstanding General Counsel 2013 by the Denver Business Journal and Outstanding General Counsel 2011 by the Houston Business Journal. Currently she is a certified mediator, Of Counsel for a Boerne law firm, a property tax arbitrator for the State of Texas, and an adjunct professor at Schreiner University.

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Question: Is it legal for a Backflow Tester to conduct Customer Service Inspections (Cross Connection Surveys) if the Water Purveyor approves?

Water Purveyors occasionally ask a BPAT (Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester) to locate and test all the backflow preventers within a facility because the purveyor does not have records of all assemblies. Soo - the BPAT does what the water purveyor asks and goes through the facility and test all the backflow preventers they see.

The tester misses one! The following year or so a contamination event occurs through the assembly missed by the tester. The tester was told by the purveyor to: ”locate and test all assemblies”! Who do you think will be held responsible and liable in this situation? The purveyor will blame the Tester.

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