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 […]
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 […]
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
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. […]
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 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 […]