Barbados Free Press reader “P” Asks A Question And Tells A Story…
Have you ever been at home and turned the tap on to hear a sucking sound and no water coming? And have you ever come home to find that the water was off during the day and all of the hot water in the solar heater has drained back out through the water meter and you have to have a cold shower? Does anyone live uphill of you?
Now just suppose that your neighbour had a lot of bush around him that he was planning to get rid of and on the day when the water went off, he had just started mixing up a 50 gallon drum of Gramoxone* and had left the hose running in the drum to fill. You can bet that when he comes back to the drum, he’s going to be wondering what happened. He left that drum a quarter full half a hour ago and when its supposed to be full, it’s now empty!
Now where did all that Gramoxone go?
* Gramoxone is a non-specific herbicide. The manufacturer claims that it breaks down rapidly in soil and does not impact the water table. So they say.
There is no information on the website about the effects of showering, drinking or cooking with Gramoxone. (link here)
Backflow In Residential Water Systems A Concern
Low water pressure is just one of the causes of “backflow” – a condition where water pipes “suck in” contaminated water and other fluids into the water supply system.
There are many of us on the island who have experienced backflow or “sucking taps” during a water shortage and never thought too much about it. In some areas, it is almost a weekly happening.
The problem is that backflow can be dangerous. Our water distribution system is, to be kind, “in need of some investment”. Some Barbados watermains are over one hundred years old.
How many of our Barbados readers have experienced this problem?
Follow are some links about water system backflow…
Top Ten Backflow News Stories Of 2005
Wikipedia – Backflow Prevention
Watts Backflow Prevention (Technology Company)
Backflow Waterline Attack Feared (New Republic)
No Backflow – Informative Website
Drinking Water and Backflow Prevention Magazine