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Commercial and industrial property owners should be well aware of their responsibility to have their backflow devices installed and examined regularly. And not only them, even homeowners find themselves in situations in which backflow devices must be installed and tested annually.
For business owners, the required annual backflow device testing and repairs are taken in stride as simply a normal cost of doing business. Many homeowners do not understand the importance of backflow device testing and this is the reason why they resist this idea.
Most owners feel that the water bill they pay should cover the cost of backflow device testing and should not come from their pockets.
If homeowners neglect it and the backflow prevention control programs fails, the there could be possible hazards in the water system because of this. There is a real threat of pollution or contamination entering the potable water system and has already occurred in some communities within the US.
If homeowners understand that their water bill does not contain the fee for backflow device testing, then this issue can be resolved. The water supplier that supplied water to your home simply owns the pipe from the source up to your meter. The homeowner owns anything beyond the water meter which includes pipes and backflow devices. Water suppliers are not required by law to perform the device testing or repairs and they usually don’t. They are required to ensure that the testing is accomplished by the owner of the device. Adding this to their services is too much of a cost to offer.
So, independent contractors are there to test these backflow devices. Only certified contractors can do the backflow device testing. You can get a certification if you invest money and time in it. In order to receive a certification, an individual has to take a training course and take a written and a practical, hands-on test and pas it. Maintaining your certification is possible through scheduled re-testing. In order to conduct tests and make repairs, a certified independent contractor must invest in test equipment and tools. Purchasing test equipment is costly and it should be calibrated annually by a certified facility. The cost of equipment discourages water suppliers to do backflow device testing.
It is mandated by the federal and state governments to have backflow control processes. This policy is implemented because of the threat to our potable water system which is very real.
The backflow prevention program that is in place in your community is for your protection. Pollutant and contaminants can invade the potable water system if your backflow device is leaking. You will have high level health hazards in your water supply.
Because backflow devices can wear, weaken, and fail over time since they are mechanical devices, it then becomes important to have backflow device testing.