National Backflow Prevention Day 8/16

Thank You to the Unsung Heroes of Backflow Prevention!

Backflow preventers and those who test, install, and maintain them are the unsung heroes of water safety. They often go unnoticed, yet they play a crucial role keeping water supplies clean and safe all over the world! Without backflow prevention, people would face the risk of consuming water with toxins, chemicals, waste, and countless other contaminants.


The Significance of August 16th

On this date in 1933, the Chicago World Fair attracted thousands of guests. Two popular hotels, housing tourists, shared their rooftop potable water source and a lack of strict plumbing/cross-connection control codes resulted in a breakout of Amoebic Dysentery in the joint water supply. The disease quickly spread worldwide, resulting in 98 recorded deaths & 2000 illnesses. The outbreak resulted in the founding of the Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulic Research, leading to new, safe plumbing regulations for backflow assemblies.


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Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Water Safety

Backflow preventers and those who test and maintain them are the unsung heroes of water safety. They can easily go unnoticed, yet they play a crucial role keeping water supplies clean and safe all over the world! Without backflow prevention, people would be at risk of consuming water with toxins, waste, and countless other contaminants.

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The First Backflow Incident

In 1933, two popular hotels in Chicago shared a rooftop water source for their potable water. On August 16, both hotels were filled to capacity thanks to the Chicago World Fair, which attracted tourists from far and wide.

Unfortunately, unsafe cross connections led to a dysentery contamination in the shared water supply for the packed hotels. Overall, 2000 became ill and 98 people lost their lives, making this one of the deadliest backflow incidents in America's history.

Although backflow incidents have continued to be an issue in the United States, modern regulations and backflow assemblies have been crucial in preventing water safety disasters like what took place on August 16, 1933.

That's why at Watts, it’s our duty to educate the public about the importance of backflow prevention and continue to provide safe, durable, compliant backflow solutions you can count on.

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