How often do you take clean drinking water for granted? It’s no surprise for me to mention Flint, Michigan. Recently, the town has been in the news countless times–lead-poisoned water is no joke. It’s brought about some stricter standards across the entire nation, as the awful misfortune of some innocent families and children. There are essentially two ways for water to become contaminated–at the source, such as in Flint, and by backflow.
Although in this case, backflow wasn’t at fault, it’s reminded some states the importance of insuring clean water for everyone. This means the industry for clean water will soon be expanding at a more rapid pace than it previously was.
So, where are the places that have recently put harsher restrictions in place for backflow and clean drinking water?
Within the past week or so, there’s been multiple places in the news talking about stricter enforcements, as well as discussions just about how to guarantee the water we are drinking is safe. One place is Great Falls, Montana, where the senator has spoken about the importance of drinking water. It’s prompted the state to re-evaluate their clean drinking water, so as to avoid any tragedy like that in Michigan.
A city in Ohio recently deemed an airgap backflow prevention device installed on their fill station–previously it had been without one. These are just a couple examples of areas facing potential problems head-on, to avoid any disturbance of drinking water.
However, not all cities are so lucky. There are other cities that are now getting national attention for their poor drinking water as well, illuminated by the recent lead-tainted water event, one being North Port, Florida. The people living in the city have been buying bottled water to drink for years. The sulphur-scented water forces people and businesses to purchase new faucets every several years because of the harshness of the water.
For a 1st-world country, we’re facing problems for something basic and necessary to human life: clean water. So, what does that mean for backflow companies? With higher restrictions come the necessity of more certified backflow testers, since more counties and states are requiring higher regulations. You may want to seek out your state or water districts to see if things will be changing soon. Several states have mentioned that changes will be enforced over the next 2 to 5 years. If you’re a business owner, you may want to consider hiring another backflow tester within the next year if your area is enforcing newer restrictions. And if you’re a backflow tester yourself, you may find yourself with new customers on the horizon.
The situation in Flint, Michigan is awful and can’t be looked at as an opportunity. What it has done though is reminded the public of the importance of clean drinking water, regardless of where they live. That will bring more changes over the next several years, so being prepared for it is essential.