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Lockport continues to provide water for residents under “do not drink” order

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – About 190 Lockport residents have been asked to use bottled water for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, and brushing teeth until further notice, or bring their own containers to the fire department to pick up safe drinking water, after a backflow event may have sent a hydroseeding product into the water lines.
The advisory affects residents near Anna Merritt Elementary School and North Park Junior High.
Lockport’s water distribution maintenance supervisor, Dale Lawson, tells News 4 a Lancaster-based company, Northeast Paving, had been using a city fire hydrant for hydroseeding on the elementary school lawn when the backflow occurred. Lawson says that company did not have a current permit to use the hydrant and the city could now likely fine or sue the company, although the final decision is in the hands of the city’s leaders and its lawyers. When asked about potential repercussions for the company involved, Mayor Anne McCaffrey said, “We are going to have to check into that. Certainly, anybody who is connecting up to the city water supply, we need to know about that for reasons like this.”
City leaders say when they were informed of the situation, crews immediately flushed the system. Lawson says there were no chemicals in the product involved in the backflow, only grass seed and a paper pulp.
He adds that the flushing operation was highly effective at immediately removing the product from the system so the risk of contamination to the drinking water is very small. The “do not drink” advisory was issued just to be safe while the city waits for results of a water quality test. Those results are expected to come back in Wednesday.
In the meantime, residents in the affected area can bring their own containers to the fire station at the municipal building to get safe drinking water. Firefighters will be standing by to fill those containers until 11 p.m. Tuesday.

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Students swill on low grade water after drinking fountain found connected to recycled system

St Peter's College principal Tim Hogan says the school is working with the Department of
St Peter's College principal Tim Hogan says the school is working with the Department of Health to identify any health risks the recycled water could have had on students who drank it.
THE Department of Health is investigating how a drinking water fountain at a Cranbourne school was connected to recycled water, and what adverse effects may have been suffered by students who drank from it for more than a year.
St Peter’s College Principal Tim Hogan told Leader a fountain at the school’s east campus was connected to Class A recycled water following landscaping works at the school in December, 2013.
Class A recycled water is the highest class of reclaimed water and is intended for uses such as watering gardens and the irrigation of crops grown for human consumption.
“The Department of Health and Human Services has been working with the school to assess any potential health impacts but we are not aware of any student illnesses as a result of this cross connection,” Mr Hogan said.
“Advice we have received from the department is that drinking the Class A recycled water may have led to a slightly increased risk of gastro.
“I should point out that there has been thorough testing of all drinking water outlets at the campus and no other issues have been found.”
The problem was detected by a maintenance worker and the college was alerted on April 1. Mr Hogan said the fountain was immediately disconnected.
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City Of Jerome Official Reminds Public to Test Backflow Device

By KMVT News

The City of Jerome Ordinance number 1096 was passed in July of 2012 requiring Backflow devices to be tested at least once a year by June 1st. Therefore, devices must pass a performance based operational test by an approved Licensed Backflow Test no later than June 1st this year as well. A list of Licensed testers is available at www.cityofjerome.com or in the Utility office located at 152 E. Ave A street in Jerome. For more information, call Public Works at (208) 324-9669.

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Family wins lawsuit over sewage contamination of their drinking, bathing water

A Commerce City family wins a lawsuit over sewage contamination of their drinking and bathing water. 

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Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control: Applications & Installations

Another public service Backflow Prevention video from the American Water Works Association highlighting the importance of proper selection and installation of backflow preventer and cross connection control devices:

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Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control: An Explanation

The American Water Works Association has created a video showing what you can do to prevent backflow in your home's water system:

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Are you drinking toilet water? It’s not as rare as you think

Feel like a nice cool glass of ice water? Before you take a sip, you might want to take a quick tour of your home. How’s the fill valve in your toilet? Do you have a vacuum breaker on your outside spigots? What about your boiler?

Without the right plumbing bits and pieces in place, you could be at risk of drinking toilet water, sipping lawn fertilizers or slurping hazardous chemicals. If they aren’t protected, cross connections between the drinking water in your home and nonpotable water sources can mean that dirty water gets mixed with the clean. It might take as little as a change in water pressure.

A review of state records by I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS shows that throughout Colorado, hazardous cross connections rate among the most persistent public-health risks in water-distribution systems.

I-News found that 30 percent of water providers inspected by the state since 2009 was found to be in violation for something related to cross connections or backflow – most often issues related to documenting or managing risks. And 9 percent of the water systems were found to have potentially hazardous cross connections.

Among schools operating their own small water systems, inspectors found cross connection issues to be even more prevalent. About 47 percent were found to be in some kind of violation of cross connection or backflow rules, while risky cross connections were found in 19 percent of the schools, according to a recent analysis by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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