Commentary – “Recycle Water – Protecting The Potable Water System”

Recycle(reclaim) water being supplied by water purveyors to existing facilities, should be reviewed very closely to ensure there are no actual or potential cross connections as noted below:

Some sites being signed off by inspectors as separated by just following as-built plans. AsbuiltSome sites being signed off by inspectors as separated by just following as-built plans. Asbuiltplans should not be relied upon – we have found most are not accurate and up to date.Simple CSI’s (cross connection surveys) prior to providing recycle water to an existing site isnot adequate and many actual or potential cross connections with recycle are being missed.

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Sunlight Plus Lime Juice Makes Drinking Water Safer

Looking for an inexpensive and effective way to quickly improve the quality of your drinking water? According to a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, sunlight and a twist of lime might do the trick. Researchers found that adding limejuice to water that is treated with a solar disinfection method removed detectable levels of harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) significantly faster than solar disinfection alone. The results are featured in the April 2012 issue of American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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When Does Your License Expire?

There have been several members who have unknowingly allowed their BPAT (Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester) license to expire recently because they have not renewed in a timely manner. TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) requires a licensee to earn sixteen (16) CEU hours and eight (8) hours of Hands-on training to renew a BPAT license. These hours can be earned in the three (3) year period between the issuance of the license and the expiration date. TCEQ will allow a person thirty (30) days grace to complete earning their CEUs and/or their 8 hours Hands-on as long as they file and pay the license fee BEFORE the expiration date of their license. If those rules are not followed, your license is gone. You will not be able to test backflow assemblies from the date of expiration until the date the license renewal card is received from TCEQ. Any TNMs for assemblies tested during an expired license will be disqualified as an unlicensed test and you will be treated as a person without a license.s

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“Licensing Criteria for Backflow Testers”

The following commentary concerns a Backflow Assembly Tester’s training criteria, along with the test procedures utilized in an area and the impact this can have on local cross connection control programs.

Those developing and enforcing cross connection control programs and the continuous monitoring ofThose developing and enforcing cross connection control programs and the continuous monitoring ofassemblies have to rely on the testers to provide accurate and complete information to a certainstandard and test procedure. Backflow preventers are required to be tested upon installation and atleast annually thereafter by the local enforcement agency (plumbing inspection department and/orwater purveyor). The Test and Maintenance forms are basically reviewed to ensure assemblies havebeen tested and repaired in accordance with local (state) regulations and manufacturer’s specifications.

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Is the Water Safe at Your Favorite Restaurant? 

There has been a lot of controversy and discussion regarding post mix vending machines, (dispensers that mix flavored syrup with carbonated water), that are used in most fast food restaurants and the majority of convenience stores today. The post mix dispenser system is a combination of equipment and materials such as: water from the building supply, pressurized CO2 cylinders, a carbonator tank, a high-pressure water pump, containers of flavored syrups, usually bags in boxes, syrup pumps, and the dispenser console where the carbonated water and syrups are mixed. This all seems simple enough; however, the problem is the CO2 and water if it contacts copper water lines

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ABPA-SA Marches On

The San Antonio Chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association held their January meeting at their new meeting location, the Holiday Inn Express-Medical Center, 11010 IH-10 West. The meetings will be held at this location and will continue to be COVID limited to provide the safest environment possible under the current conditions for the rest of the year. Free gauge testing for our members will continue with the same procedures we have used since April 2020. Full gauge testing details are available in every Newsletter. We cannot test at the hotel meetings.

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