Irrigation & Green Industry - Backflow <![CDATA[Should You Get Certified in Backflow? - ]]>

Graywater from a system at a Florida residence is piped into the home’s drinking water. “Yellow gushy stuff” coming out of some taps in Maryland turns out to be the powerful—and highly toxic—herbicide Paraquat from an agricultural facility. Propane gas flowing into a Connecticut water main from a storage tank causes a washing machine to explode. “Rusty” water coming out of a Michigan hospital’s drinking fountain turns out to be blood from a nearby autopsy room. These stories are enough to curl your hair. These are all real-life incidents caused by backflow, usually the result of an accidental cross-connection between a potable water system and a contaminating source.

<![CDATA[Understanding Back Flow - ]]> When you turn on the tap, the last thing you expect to see is worms. Yet that’s what one Michigan homeowner got when a malfunctioning lawn sprinkler coupled with a water main break sucked nematodes into his water system. there they were, alive and swimming around in the bathtub he’d just filled for his child.]]> <![CDATA[Understanding Backflow - ]]> In May Of 2000, residents living around the subdivision in Pineville, North Carolina, known as Walden Pointe discovered that their drinking water had become contaminated with raw sewage. The contamination reached around 60 homes and more than 100 Walden Pointe residents fell ill. The affected citizens sued their municipality and received a $1.2 million settlement to cover their damages and medical expenses.]]> <![CDATA[Backflow Prevention - ]]> What would you do if you got up one morning, went to brush your teeth and saw yellow gushy stuff pouring from the faucet? Residents in Woodsboro, Maryland, awoke to just this scenario, with gunk spewing out of faucets and spigots all over town. Town officials quickly banned water use and began an investigation. After flushing the water system, the investigation revealed that a powerful agricultural herbicide had made its way into the town’s water system.]]> <![CDATA[Backflow Prevention:The Forefront of Responsible Irrigation - ]]> As the demand for potable water exceeds supply, the responsibility of the irrigation contractor grows. The contractor must protect public water supplies from contamination. ]]> <![CDATA[Backflow Prevention: Protecting Water, Protecting Yourself - ]]> For potable water, life is a series of one-way streets. Safe drinking water depends on all “traffic” within a water system to move in the direction it’s supposed to. Fresh water flows one way. It isn’t supposed to turn around and travel in the other direction. ]]> <![CDATA[Tracking the Flow of Backflow Prevention - ]]> In a California suburb, a man sprayed his lawn with a commercial weed killer that contained an arsenic compound. ]]> <![CDATA[Backflow Prevention & Enclosures for Irrigation Systems - ]]> With each passing year, additional criteria are tacked onto the definition of environmental responsibility. Maybe this year it’s the reduction of aerosol, and next year “greenness” is directly proportional to how much money was donated to the Save the Walrus Foundation. ]]> <![CDATA[Backflow Prevention Assemblies Against Contamination - ]]> Backflow preventers are installed in the irrigation system to protect our drinking water, save lives and prevent illness. ]]>