It is a Shared Responsibility 

Protecting the public drinking water system from harmful contaminates is a shared responsibility.

  • Property owners are responsible to maintain a backflow preventer.
  • The utility is responsible to educate the community and enforce the State’s rules.
  • Certified testers are responsible to comply with the standards of the utility. Certified Tester List 2017 (.pdf).

 

Residential

Residential customers are required to maintain a backflow preventer at the water meter if you have an irrigation system or a well.

  • Backflow preventers for residents are required to be tested every two years to ensure they are working properly.
  • Residential customers are notified 30 days before their test is due.
  • Repairs should be made promptly.
  • Violations will result in water service being disconnected.

 

Commercial

All commercial water customers are required to maintain a backflow preventer at the water meter.

  • Backflow preventers are required to be tested yearly to ensure they are working properly.
  • Commercial customers are notified 30 days before their yearly test is due.
  • Repairs should be made promptly.
  • Violations will result in water service being disconnected.

FAQs

  • What is backflow?
  • What is a cross-connection?
  • Who needs a backflow preventer?
  • Why are backflow preventers needed?
  • Does the backflow preventer need to be in front of my house?
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