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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Making our Water Safe: Thanks Backflow Inspectors

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The country observes National Backflow Prevention Awareness Day mid-August each year in appreciation of water safety inspectors! The American Society of Plumbing Engineers helped start this industry recognition. Our backflow crew uses their collective professional experience along with the best industry practices to protect our drinking water supply. These professionals include:

  • Backflow prevention assembly testers
  • Cross-connection control specialists
  • Public water supply operators
  • Plumbers and inspectors
  • Lawn and fire sprinkler installers
  • Engineers, building maintenance staff and regulators.  

Backflow preventers are the unsung heroes of water safety as they often go unnoticed, yet play a crucial role in supplying clean and safe water all over the world. Without backflow prevention, people would risk consuming water with toxins, chemicals, waste and countless other contaminants.

Meet Plano’s Public Works (PW) backflow prevention crew (pictured from left to right):

  • Kain Coughlin, backflow prevention inspector
  • Chris Stanton, utility compliance superintendent
  • Larry Morales, backflow prevention inspector
  • Billy Williams, backflow inspection supervisor
  • Jeremy LaBelle, backflow prevention inspector

“We are very proud of the great service this team provides to the City,” Abby Owens, public works strategic planning/compliance manager said.

An unfortunate water-contamination incident at the 1933 Chicago World Fair prompted the founding of organizations like the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and others. A water source shared by two tourist-filled hotels went bad due to a lack of strict plumbing and cross-connection control. The dysentery outbreak in the joint water supply caused 98 deaths and 2,000 illnesses.

Team Plano appreciates our Public Works staff!

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