Sept. 15 2017
The entire plumbing code is engineered to make sure that water sent to an irrigation system never gets back into the potable water system, but the code can be defeated. One of the most common problems—and ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Backflow comes in one of two forms: backsiphonage or backpressure. In backsiphonage, water is pulled from a system’s pipes by suction from the public lines. In backpressure, water is pushed out of ...
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Nov. 16 2015
The joke’s funny because you can’t picture the Stones’ lead guitarist doing anything more to prepare for winter than maybe, adding more scarves. Non-rock stars, however, who live where ...
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Aug. 17 2015
Some years ago, effluent from a wastewater treatment plant in San Antonio, Texas, backflowed into the potable water system at the plant due to maintenance activities. On September 18, 1996, a meter ...
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Oct. 15 2014
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 ...
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Feb. 19 2015
When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing ...
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Nov. 15 2013
As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there ...
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Dec. 13 2012
As a young kid, Drew Thomas followed his father around the northeast region of Indiana. His father was playing industrial baseball and Drew was the bat boy. Thomas’ father had played professional ...
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April 21 2008
A cross connection is defined as an unprotected connection point between a drinking water source and any source of nonpotable water. If a cross-connection point is not protected, it is possible for the ...
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April 21 2008
As the demand for potable water exceeds supply, the responsibility of the irrigation contractor grows. The contractor must protect public water supplies from contamination ...
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June 5 2006
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 ...
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Jan. 1 2007
Servicing lawn irrigation systems can be a very profitable item to offer your customers. It’s easy to become overly focused on installations as a source of income, but servicing is a profit center ...
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May 14 2008
Although recent flooding across the Midwest has caused many people to shelve their water shortage concerns, officials are still alert to the possibility of drought, over-consumption and other forces that ...
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Oct. 17 2008
ROY BAILEY AND HIS FRIEND, RUSS Dresen, were hanging around one summer night having a few beers. They were, in many ways, no different than most other 20-somethings on a summer evening, knocking back drinks ...
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Feb. 22 2009
LET’S ASSUME THAT YOUR COMPANY gets a contract with a homeowner whose property encompasses the size of two football fields, and, in addition to regular lawn maintenance, that homeowner wants you ...
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Nov. 16 2009
A little over a year ago, I noticed that our backyard lawn was turning brown even though we had an automatic sprinkler system. I called in a landscape contractor to find out what was wrong. He discovered ...
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Dec. 23 2009
About two years ago at a trade conference, I was talking with a landscape contractor who, up until that point in time, only specialized in design/build in the residential market. Either he knew ...
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March 16 2012
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 ...
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