Don’t be the next Corpus Christi – use tech for your municipalities backflow programs

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A year ago, the news of Flint’s lead-tainted water went nationwide. This month the backflow incident in Corpus Christi has done the same.

There’s nothing people take for granted more than clean water – until they don’t have it anymore.

Backflow prevention programs are considered by most municipalities to be a cost center – management of a program requires personnel and equipment to ensure that compliance is met.

However, like many preventative programs – the cost of prevention is much lower than the ...

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Easier Routing with Navigational Icons

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If you’re like many of our customers, you probably don’t have one device per customer per address. Many of our customers test for property management companies, large corporations, and apartment complexes that span over multiple areas. Testing backflow prevention devices for clients that own different properties doesn’t mean you’ll test each of those places on the same day – that could make for a lot of driving and a huge time sink. In many instances, the devices aren’t even ...

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Capturing a Customer’s Signature and Adding attachments

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We do a lot of behind-the-scenes work that our customers might never notice affect them – ranging from cleaning up code to making pages run faster. Today, for instance, we’re talking about upgrading to the most recent version of Rails (the framework our application runs on) to make sure that we’re up-to-date. As a customer though, you’d never really notice these things directly.

However, two of our most recent additions to our application are definitely more apparent to our customers. ...

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Backflow Devices – What are you most likely to see in the field?

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It’s been a while since I’ve been out in the field testing backflow devices – about 12 years now (wow, has it really been that long?!)

For me, if you say “backflow device” a Febco 805Y or a Watts 007 M1 QT pops in to my head. I spent my time primarily testing residential devices, so that makes sense.

How’s my experience compare with today? Let’s look at what devices our customers are testing in the field.

This data is averages from our ...

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This backflow device isn’t on the USC approved list – should I care?

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The USC Approved Backflow Assembly list has long been the gold standard of backflow preventers.

We’re the only backflow tracking solution I’m aware of that doesn’t allow free entry into the ‘manufacturer’ section – instead we employ dropdowns of make & models. We do this to reduce any chance of miss-entry. You wouldn’t believe how many different close-but-not-quite device makes & models we’ve seen when we do data imports for folks. I’m pretty sure they’ve never made a Watts ...

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