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City council gets an update about backflow preventer program

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Example of a backflow preventer. Example of a backflow preventer.

The Corpus Christi City Council received an update on the city's backflow prevention program.

According to Corpus Christi City Manager Margie Rose, the city has taken significant steps to protect the city's water system.

The program was created after an incident at an industrial facility prompted the city to issue a water ban back in December 2016.

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The backflow prevention commercial contract status program began in January 2017 and consisted of 918 backflow preventers that needed to be inspected.

During Tuesday's presentation, Daniel M. Grimsbo, the Interim Executive Director of Water Utilities, said city workers had inspected 854 out of 918 backflow preventers. That's 93% of the backflow preventers in city's industrial and commercial properties.

However, 26 backflow preventers haven't been inspected because they are fire sprinklers at local hospitals. The city is working to get permission to enter local hospitals to examine their backflow preventers.

A presentation also pointed out two out of seven industrial companies have not allowed the city to let the inspectors on their property.

Currently, city workers are working with the city's legal team and logistics with the two industrial facilities to allow inspectors to get those sites inspected.

A presentation also revealed the two remaining industrial property owners have been working on a Test and Maintenance report and will be in compliance by April.

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