Backflow Valve – Do You Have to Have One?

All commercials buildings  in NJ & NYC must have a backflow device on the incoming water main. A building that also houses other stores such as restaurants, dry cleaners, dentists, etc… need to have a backflow device in place. Backflow devices need to be installed by a licensed plumber. If the business is already in place, the city wants you to install it on every building that may have a risk of contaminating the water supply in the event of a water pressure loss.   If you have any questions feel free to contact us at: 201-540-0980  

Backflow Penalties & Imprisonment Violations

Backflow Violations of provisions concerning cross-connections within the Building Code may result in fines from $100 or imprisonment of up to 60 days. Under both the Plumbing Code and  Rules and Regulations, each day any violation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense. Continued failure to respond to notices of violation and each day’s continuance of a violation after notice to abate or remove the unapproved physical connection shall have been given by the State Department will result in an additional $100 per day fine. All of the monetary penalties may be recovered by a civil action in state court.  In addition, the State department may […]

Backflow Installation, Testing and Repair Service

  All  Backflow valves with test cocks are required to be tested with a minimum frequency of once per year. Testing requires a water shutdown usually lasting five (5) to twenty (20) minutes. For facilities that require an uninterrupted supply of water, and when it is not possible to provide water service from two separate meters, provisions shall be made for a “parallel installation” of a backflow preventer. Multi-story buildings that have a number of flush-o-meter toilets should be equipped with parallel assemblies. Experience has shown that if the water supply is shut off to this type of building, flush-o-meters may have to be manually reset. During testing, one […]

American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Policy

The American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) issued the following statement on crossconnections: The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recognizes water purveyors have the responsibility to supply potable water to their customers. In the exercise of this responsibility, water purveyors or other responsible authorities must implement, administer and maintain ongoing backflow prevention and cross-connection control programs to protect public

How to Stay in Compliance with Backflow Regulations

Backflow prevention valves are subject to corrosion that may lead to failure. Annual testing of backflow prevention assemblies is required to ensure proper functioning of the assemblies and the safety of our water supply. Backflow  valves must be tested annually by a certified backflow prevention tester. If the valve fails, it must be repaired or replaced and tested again to ensure it functions properly. Upon successful completion of the test a Backflow Assembly Test Report must be submitted to the Cross Connection Control program in your town. All costs associated with backflow prevention assembly maintenance are the responsibility of the customer.   […]

Backflow Valves, What Do They Look Like?

From time to time clients contact us and ask us questions about the kinds of valves, locations, sizes etc..  Here are some photos that can help some of you to get an idea of the different types of backflow valves. If you have any more questions, always feel free to contact us at any time. Have a wonderful day! The Backflow Compliance Team.              

Backflow Testing – Why Do You Need it?

Backflow Prevention device required annual inspection by law for commercial and industrial properties. In some cases, even homeowners need to have backflow devices installed and tested annually. Cross-connection control processes are also mandatory by the federal and state governments. Under certain conditions, water from irrigation systems, hot tubs, and other fixtures can force its way back into the main water supply, contaminating the public water. This occurs if there is a “cross connection” between the public water system and any liquid that could contaminate the water system and the contaminated liquid “backflows” into the drinking water. The way to prevent a cross […]

What is a Certified Backflow Tester?

Certified Backflow Testers are individuals who test backflow prevention devices for the purpose of protecting the public water supply. They are required to hold a valid certification issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR Section 5-1.31. The New York and NJ State certified backflow prevention device testers are divided by state and sometimes by county. For more informations please contact us. Thanks