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What is a potential hazard? | Save Water Newton

What is a potential hazard?

What is a potential hazard?

What is considered a potential hazard?

 

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ANY possibility of pollutants, contaminants, and system or plumbing hazards. For example fire protection systems, irrigation systems, gasoline refineries and stations, restaurants, hospitals, and manufacturers. Just to name a few.

To keep your drinking water safe, the Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority diligently checks the plans of each new business for compliance with cross connection/backflow requirements. We take pride in the water we provide and will continue to protect it and our citizens. All residential meters come installed with an AWWA approved backflow prevention device.
Now that you have some background, you may ask…What’s the big deal? Well, the big deal is that backflows due to cross connections can cause sickness and death. Even in your own home, you can unwittingly create a cross connection:

 

  • Putting the garden hose in a swimming pool to fill it.
  • Putting the garden hose in a pet’s water bucket to fill it, or the fish tank.
  • Putting the garden hose down the drain to flush out debris when it’s backed up.
  • Connecting your garden hose to a plant fertilizer or bug spray unit.
Over half of the nation’s cross connections involve unprotected garden hoses. In Kansas, a man died from drinking out of his garden hose. He had been spraying the yard with poison to get rid of bugs and had connected his garden hose to the spraying device. Unknown to him, during the spraying, a drop in pressure occurred in the main water system causing the poisoned water to backflow into the hose. Enough to kill him when he took a drink from the garden hose after spraying. He had contaminated his own water system.
The Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority protects the water entering your system. However, it is your responsibility to protect the water on your property or in your home.

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