October 2019 Newsletter
Another Annual Free Hands-On Class Has Come and Gone
This year’s 8 hour Free Hands-on class was provided again, for the seventeenth straight year, by Fred, Troy, and Sandy Baird of BAC-FLO Unlimited, Inc. For those who have not had the pleasure of attending this event, Fred and Troy train and refresh our knowledge of the proper testing and troubleshooting all the types of testable backflow prevention assemblies, but Sandy always comes through with nourishing our bodies with a lunch meal that is out of this world with German Chocolate cake included.
July 2019 Newsletter
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.
September 2019 Newsletter
Protect Yourself Against Harmful Sunlight
Did you know that the number of new cases of skin cancer and the number of deaths caused by the most serious type of skin cancer are rapidly rising in the United States? This is particularly troubling since the numbers for most cancers have been declining. Sunlight is the main source of ultraviolet radiation (UV) known to damage the skin and to cause skin cancer. The amount of UV exposure depends on the strength of the light, the length of exposure, and whether the skin is protected. There are no safe UV rays or safe suntans.
June 2019 Newsletter
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.
August 2019 Newsletter
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.
May 2019 Newsletter
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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