An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative fountain found in a hospital lobby, according to a new study released Tuesday online in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. (Hospital Fountain Linked to Disease Outbreak in Wisconsin)
Backflow preventer theft epidemic! "The thefts probably occurred in the winter but are only being discovered now because spring has arrived and homeowners are checking their sprinkler systems..." (O'Fallon sees rise in plumbing thefts).
ANNUAL testing requirements
More observant residents are starting to object to ANNUAL testing requirements for otherwise properly installed residential irrigation backflow preventer devices... "...This is a heavy financial burden. How unfortunate that this threat of enforcement comes at a time when the economy is suffering. Likewise, (testing) enforcement is costly to the county. Why spend taxpayer dollars for enforcement when the risk is low? I believe we are using a cannon to kill an ant..." (Contesting backflow inspections).
Contaminated Water in Queens
Dozens of Queens students became ill at a Flushing elementary school Tuesday, according to fire officials, and investigators believe it may have been the result of contaminated water fountains. (Students fall ill).
"Executives with a local company filed a lawsuit against the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County claiming that the drinking water it sells is in danger of contamination..." (Lawsuit claims Westmoreland water in danger).
An ordinance that would require some commercial property owners to have their backflow prevention devices inspected annually is set to go before the Helena City Commission for a final vote Monday night, but even if it passes, some technicalities would have to be worked out before it would be implemented.... (Backflow is topic of Monday's commission meeting).
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