May 2021 Newsletter
“Our Backflow Program needs to be Reformed and Enforced” – This is something we hear every so often by those that really Speak Backflow and know their existing local backflow prevention enforcement policies are not protecting the public’s potable water system like it is intended to. We hear such comments as: “We know CCC is important – however, we do not have the funds to support it” – “We don’t need to do that” – “Cross Connections are not allowed in our State” – “We require and recognize Air Gap Separations only” – “How much is the fine – it may be less costly”, etc. etc.
February 2021 Newsletter
The Effect of Covid-19 on Backflow Prevention Assembly
Testing & The Protection of Public Water Systems
As we all know, the Covid-19 virus has affected many in various ways. In the Backflow Prevention world, the water purveyors and/or plumbing inspection departments enforcing the program are directly impacted by the testers and the training they are receiving. Additionally, the water purveyor’s customers and testers themselves are affected, which can lead to costly situations and unsanitary conditions.
April 2021 Newsletter
Because of COVID-19, the ABPA 2021 Annual Conference will be held this year virtually on the internet. This will be a huge cost savings for the members who normally attend the annual conferences - round trip air fare, two or three nights of hotel, ground transportation, and the Conference registration fee, which is usually $475. The cost to attend this year’s virtual conference will be $100 for ABPA members and $200 for non-members. We are also very fortunate that Troy Baird, our ABPA Region 4 Director, was able to register eleven of the twelve sessions with TCEQ for one (1) CEU for each session attended. That will be eleven (11) CEUs for those who attend all of the eleven sessions. The Conference will be held April 19, 20, and 21 with four sessions each day. The first session is “The State of the ABPA and National Office Update” which will not warrant a CEU for that session, however, we will receive one (1) CEU for each of the remaining eleven sessions.
January 2021 Newsletter
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
The following is an overview of the discussions that were conducted virtually by the TCEQ Cross Connection Control Workgroup on December 3rd. There were approximately 50 attendees from various water related fields, including Fire, Water Purveyors, TCEQ Licensing, Software Companies, BFPA Part Supply Houses, Foundation of CCC and Hydraulic Research, State Plumbing Board, etc.
March 2021 Newsletter
The ABPA-SA chapter officers and directors have decided to have a physical meeting on March 11th at the Embassy Suites, San Antonio NW - 7750 Briaridge Dr, off IH 10 and Callaghan. The San Antonio Irrigation Association (SAIA) did not have any apprehensions about holding their physical meeting, even in November, using the existing COVID precautions at the same Embassy Suites. We plan to do the same so we can meet as safely as possible. We encourage all of our members, if they have any concerns about attending under our COVID restrictions, have had COVID and not yet vaccinated, caring for someone who has COVID, or have tested positive for COVID to please not attend. Joe Fazekas will be providing extra face masks and hand sanitizer. Seating will be limited to no more than three at each large round table. Tables are spaced at least 8 feet apart.