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Welcome to the American Backflow Prevention Association

The American Backflow Prevention Association is an organization whose members have a common interest in protecting drinking water from contamination through cross-connections. ABPA is an organization dedicated to education and technical assistance. Through its network of regions and chapters, local needs and interests are supported with the resources of the national organization. ABPA is committed to advancing all aspects of backflow prevention for the continued protection of all water users.

ABPA Statement on COVID-19

Updated 3/20/2020


The ABPA management team has been struggling to keep up with changes to Certification exam sites caused by the Coronavirus crisis.    

Between difficulties with the exam locations, training providers, applicants and proctors / exam monitors cancelling or trying to reschedule or not being comfortable or allowed to attend we find it necessary to temporarily cancel all certification exams. Many of the exam locations where the exams are being held are not allowing any group gatherings and cancelling our events. 


As such, effective immediately, ABPA is  cancelling all certification exams from this point  until June 1, 2020.


In order to not affect the continuity of an individual’s certification for our certified Backflow Prevention Assembly testers and Cross-Connection Control specialists – ABPA will be offering a blanket extension to all certificates (tester and specialist) that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020.  This extension will last until August 31, 2020.  It is still the responsibility of the tester or specialist to apply for a re-certification exam before the new expiration date once the exams are rescheduled.


Public water systems and other regulatory authorities are encouraged to understand the extenuating circumstances that led to these decisions.  If documentation is needed, a detailed extension letter has been drafted to address this issue.  Click here to download it.


ABPA is taking this action to protect the health of our tester and specialist applicants, volunteer proctors and examination monitors and the public at large.

Annual Conference

The leadership of ABPA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference and Trade Show and all pre & post-Conference events, scheduled for April 17-23, 2020 in Charlotte, NC due to the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The safety of our conference attendees, tester and specialist applicants, volunteer proctors and examination monitors are of utmost importance to our Association, and our thoughts are with those affected worldwide.

In recent days, a number of significant changes have made cancellation of our Conference unavoidable, including the declarations of emergencies by the federal and many state governments along with new travel restrictions imposed by universities and employers around the country that prevent a growing portion of our registrants from participating in our Conference as presenters and attendees.

With the official cancellation of the 2020 National Conference and Trade Show, the ABPA office will be in contact with the registered attendees and vendors to facilitate 100% refund of the registration fees. The registrants who have submitted cancellations in the past 10 days will be included in receiving 100% refunds of the registration fees. If you are registered for the conference, you should have received an email outlining the refund process, if you have not, please email

We ask that you please cancel your hotel reservations as soon as possible, and if you were planning on travelling to our meeting, then make the appropriate arrangements for your airline tickets.

In any event, ABPA offers the following web-site links to all of our members for the latest information to protect themselves and prevent the further spread of this virus.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the CDC website or the EPA website

 Announcing Date and Location of ABPA's

2021 Annual Conference and Trade Show!

Save the Date Notice

APBA is pleased to announce that the 2021 Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 19-21, 2021 at the Charlotte Airport Hilton


New Management

As the ABPA Board of Directors has welcomed Advanced Management Solutions (AMS) as our new management company effective November 2019.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. AMS is owned by Patti Fauver, former ABPA President and former long-time ABPA Treasurer.  The business address is 6672 S. 1570 W., West Jordan, Utah 84084.
  2. AMS is handling all aspects of management . . . office administration, membership, certification, accounting, the website, newsletter publication, annual conference preparation, and support of the Board of Directors, committees, and Chapters.
  3. AMS Staff:  
    Patti Fauver and Brittany Laswell are full time.
    Carl Fauver is managing the Newsletter.  Peter Muscarello and Caleb Darby will be working part-time. 
  4. Typical separation of key duties:  Patti ( is handling membership, while Brittany Laswell ( is handling certification.
  5. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM through 4:00 pm Mountain Time.  AMS will be closed on the standard holidays, and including the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
  6. The ABPA phone number is 801-436-7238.  A simple phone tree will get you to where you need to be.
  7. Phone calls and e-mails will typically be returned within one business day.
  8. The first edition of the renewed Newsletter went out in January, future issues will be maintained on a quarterly schedule, with no exceptions!
  9. Other key e-mail addresses:

· (questions of a general nature about the ABPA and backflow prevention)

· (self-explanatory)

· (self-explanatory)

· (Mike Ahlee)

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