US Drinking Water Violations

DRINKING WATER VIOLATIONS FOUND IN EVERY STATE IN THE NATION, A NEW REPORT BY THE NRDC REVEALS

by Alicia Branham, National Marketing Director, Test Gauge & Backflow Supply

America has a drinking water crisis. We have seen a prime example of that play out in the city of Flint and what those residents are still going through. In a report by the National Resource Defense Council released on May 2nd, the NRDC study found that contaminants that may harm human health are found in tap water in every state in the nation.

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California Proposes Stringent Cap On Toxic Chemical In Drinking Water

Story published in Kaiser Health News, By Stephanie O’Neill

California regulators are proposing a strict limit on a toxic man-made chemical that has contaminated water supplies throughout the state, particularly in its vast agricultural heartland.

California would be only the second state, after Hawaii, to establish a threshold for the former pesticide ingredient and industrial solvent known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane) in drinking water. The chemical compound, identified in California as a human carcinogen, is no longer in wide use but has leached over the years into many wells and reservoirs.

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Cross Connection Control

by James Probst, Chair of the Indiana AWWA Cross Connection Control Committee and President of Test Gauge Inc. – Indiana and Ohio Locations

What the heck is cross connection control, and what does backflow have to do with it?

The above speculations are key reasons why I accepted the challenge of chairing the newly formed Indiana AWWA Cross Connection Control (CCC) Committee. Protecting private and public drinking water systems is not very well understood by the public, nor are the dangers posed by potential contaminants backflowing into drinking water systems. Awareness and compliance are key factors for preventing backflow incidents and protecting people’s lives.

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Nearly 400 military bases must be tested for drinking water contamination

Article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer

Contamination from former or current military installations has ignited a nationwide review of water on or around bases that used a firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals.

The military is now testing nearly 400 bases and has confirmed water contamination at or near more than three dozen, according to an analysis of data by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. The new numbers offer the best look to date at the potential scope of the problem.

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Why do you have to close the #2 valve when testing?

by Matt Kuschel, Test Gauge – Elgin

Here at Test Gauge & Backflow Supply, one of the leading technical questions that we receive on a weekly basis has to do with backflow testing procedures. We are very well aware that backflow testing isn’t something that every CCCDI inspector does on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis. We believe continued dialogue and training are keys to keep our most important resource protected …

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