Region 5 Director’s Winter Report

By Fred Spengler

This year has been quite a ride for the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA).  But as we move into 2017 there is reason to be optimistic for the future.  The organization has moved to a different management company which should help with membership & the newsletter/magazine.

The next big national event is the Backflow & Cross Connection Trade Show to be held in San Antonio Texas on April 3rd through the 5th.  If you have the chance, this is a must go-to event.  The venue is right on the River Walk and just a couple of blocks from the Alamo.  But more important: The seminars will be worth the trip, with two Colorado speakers (Your CBPA President and Vice President) speaking on backflow issues on fire systems and regulations.  Add the other seminar topics and your chance to talk with vendors from all segments of the industry and this event is well worth your time.

Membership and benefits will be the emphasis for this coming year so expect lots of communication from National to you, the membership.

On a local level, I want to encourage all who receive this to become or retain your CBPA membership or, if you reside in Utah, your Utah Chapter membership.  Once a member, actively participate, if only to attend scheduled events.  Of course, there is always need for volunteers.  Please step up and support ABPA’s mission of providing information and education.

The Colorado Backflow Prevention Association (CBPA) will be hosting an event in mid-April (Details in the newsletter) that will discuss fire sprinkler system requirements and an open forum on implementing the new State Regulation 11.39.

Utah Chapter will be hosting their annual conference on February 3, 2017. (Check the website for information)