Hands-On CEU Training every 3 years – A Necessity!

The following deals with the necessity for Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers to receive actual hands-on training every 3 years. Listed below are some of the comments – situations – discussions we get with practically every hands-on (Practical Skills) training course we conduct.

    •  In San Antonio we have had a hands-on CEU requirement for close to 50 years

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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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Commentary – “ALERT: Public Interactive Water Features Connected to Public Water Supplies”

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is providing important updates to a notice sent to public water systems (PWSs) in October 2021 on how to minimize the risk of Naegleria fowleri (N. fowleri) ameba (commonly referred to as the brain-eating ameba) for a PWS. As was stated in the October 2021 notice, there were two instances of N. fowleri exposure in Texas in 2020 and 2021 that resulted in the deaths of two children after they visited public interactive water features or “splash pads.” The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) regulates splash pads and TCEQ regulates PWSs that supply water to these features. Both agencies have rules concerning the minimum necessary backflow prevention devices on the supply lines into these types of water features.

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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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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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