Why Backflow Prevention Is Important

The residents in South Austin were told not to drink the water after several people reported foamy water coming out of their faucets on January 22nd. Until the cause could be traced, drinking water was then delivered to over 300 homes, several businesses, an office complex, an apartment building, a church, and a school. The Austin Fire Department had extinguished a large fire at the Westoak Woods Baptist Church on January 22nd. About two weeks later, it was later determined that a foam pumper truck had attached to the lead pumper fighting the fire and pumped foam into the lead truck and also into the fire hydrant that the lead pumper was connected to. The higher pressure from the foam pumper forced foam into the fire hydrant and into the public water distribution system.

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