August 2021 Newsletter
The members would like to thank Joe Fazekas, our current President for carrying the torch of President for an extra year during the COVID-19 pandemic, which we have all had to deal with for the past 19 months. Since we now have somewhat of a handle on the pandemic, it is now time to charge on and attempt to get back into our standard mode of operation. Keith Waldrep, our current Vice-President, will be moving up to President at the start of the October meeting and any new Officers and At-Large Directors will be taking their places on the board. Anyone who is interested in running for Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, or At-Large Director, is welcome to contact Carl Michaud...
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.
July 2021 Newsletter
The interaction between backflow prevention assembly testers (BPATs) and the local cross connection control enforcement agency can really provide a benefit through involvement and the attendance of meetings. Information sharing that takes place at these meetings helps to keep testers informed, which impacts the effectiveness of communication through the test and maintenance report form documentation. The accurate completion of these report forms is often the only type of communication the enforcement agency has to determine what is out in the field and how the water is being protected. The accurate transfer of in-field information also helps the next backflow tester who may be testing the same backflow prevention assembly the following year, adding to, or updating the previous year’s information.
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.
June 2020 Newsletter
Fred, Troy, and Sandy (the real boss) decided to help the Corpus Christi ABPA Chapter by providing member training at their Thursday evening meeting. With training and an R&R trip in mind, they loaded the vehicle and headed southeast to Corpus Christi. While traveling and having nothing else to do, they started thinking about how the San Antonio ABPA Chapter could help some of the other surrounding ABPA chapters succeed like our San Antonio chapter has for the last 31 years.
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.
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