Two win ‘bad and ugly’ cross connection contest

Fred Ramackers, right, is presented with a gift certificate by the WCSAWWA’s Kevin Lang.
The Western Canada Section of the American Water Works Association (WCSAWWA) has announced the two winners of its 2019 Bad and Ugly Cross Connection Control contest.

The contest is designed to help raise awareness of the dangers of cross connections to the potable water supply and to educate water industry representatives in the field.

Fred Ramackers, a cross connection control inspector for the City of Regina, Sask., submitted his winning entry after visiting a funeral home.

He found a washdown WC under a prep table that had an unprotected faucet and a single check directly connected to the potable water supply below the flood level rim.

The WCSAWWA’s Rynette Moore awards a Zurn Wilkins pressure differential gauge to Brendan Miller.
SaskWater senior technologist Brendan Miller spotted two cross connections off a village’s water treatment plant distribution header, one of which could have led to a potassium permanganate solution entering the drinking water supply.

The prizes were sponsored by Zurn, Watts and Conbraco.

To submit an entry for the 2020 Bad and Ugly contest, click here.