Earlier this month in Mascoutah City, IL there was quite an uproar at this month’s city council meeting. Homeowners including the former mayor and assistant fire chief had thousands of gallons of sewage enter their home through potable water pipes. It was due to the torrential rains that had fallen over the last few days dropping at least 8 inches of water on the town. Water pressure around the pipes can start effecting the cities water system if they are old and cracked/leaking. It is revealed that while the newer part of the town has an up to date sewer system, the older part still uses clay pipes which can leak at connection points and crack easily. Since there is no national mandate requiring backflow preventers, backflow events can still happen today.