Bac-Flo Unlimited, Inc. is a consulting and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved training and education firm established to train backflow prevention assembly testers and assist enforcement agencies, including private and public entities, with protecting the potable water supply. Presentations have been given at conferences such as those for TCEQ State Inspectors, Texas State Plumbing Board, Texas Water Utility Association, American Water Works Association and American Backflow Prevention Association. Our backflow course instructors are qualified as American Backflow Prevention Association proctors and approved by the TCEQ. They are licensed in their field and have extensive hands-on experience in the backflow prevention industry as it regards to all water related areas. Additionally, they maintain a current national American Backflow Prevention Association testing license. They are active members of the State CCC Work Group with Fred Baird being directly involved in the initial development of the current regulations relating to cross connection control provisions for water departments. TCEQ continues to contact Bac-Flo Unlimited for information and advice on varying aspects of cross connection control.
Troy Baird is one of our instructors who is a licensed irrigator and licensed master plumber holding the water supply protection specialist endorsement. He is certified by the American Backflow Prevention Association as a backflow prevention assembly tester and proctor, and is recognized by the University of Southern California as a cross connection control specialist. Troy received his bachelors degree in management from Texas State University with accreditation as a certified public manager. He has been a TCEQ approved cross connection control instructor for more than 18 years with experience in testing, troubleshooting and repairing various sizes of backflow prevention assemblies. He has conducted numerous cross connection control surveys with shut down and dye testing for separation assurance along with being directly involved with lead solder sampling and abatement processes.
Fred Baird, lead instructor and chief technical consultant, has been in the backflow prevention industry for over 40 years. He developed and enforced San Antonio Water System’s backflow prevention program and has investigated hundreds of cross connections and backflow incidents. Some of the events and committees Fred has been involved with include: the American Water Works Association’s cross connection control manual revision committee, APBA training and education committee and the TCEQ cross connection control work group. He's a past director of ABPA region IV and has conducted backflow prevention training courses in Texas for more than 35 years.
Bruce Rathburn, our third instructor, has been associated with the construction and the backflow prevention industry for approximately 35 years. He retired from San Antonio Water System where he enforced the cross connection control program and was responsible for potable recycle water separation requirements in the San Antonio area. Bruce is past president of the American Backflow Prevention Association at the national level and continues to be actively involved with the ABPA - San Antonio Chapter. He maintains a TCEQ water utility license and ABPA proctor license. Bruce is a member of the TCEQ cross connection control work group and is a past president of the American Backflow Prevention Association.