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Mar 31, 2020

The Importance of Backflow Testing

The demand for clean drinkable water is exceeding supply, due to this the responsibility of the irrigation contractor is growing. The contractor has a responsibility to protect the public’s water supply from contamination due to backflow. It is imperative that the contractor use a backflow prevention assembly tester to ensure that his backflow device is working properly. Backflow prevention is a subject every irrigation contractor should be concerned with. It is very important to have a good relationship with a certified backflow tester in order to keep up to city regulations.

If the flow of clean water is reversed from an irrigation system back into the potable water system, a backflow condition is created. If contaminates are present in that water, the potable water supply will be contaminated. Even minuscule quantities of contaminates can endanger the population. If there is a connection between the potable water supply and a source of contamination, this is called a cross-connection. Irrigation systems, jumper connections, bypass arrangements, swivel or changeover arrangements, or other temporary arrangements through which backflow can occur are considered to be cross-connections.

Even though irrigation systems may begin with potable water, they are subject to contamination from submerged sprinklers, auxiliary water supplies, ponds, reservoirs, swimming pools, and other sources of non-potable water. To ensure that no contaminated water is being transferred into your drinking water supply, it is important to have a backflow tester come and perform a backflow prevention test on your device. Affordable backflow testing is available through a large number of county certified companies. You can check with your local water authority to determine if you need a licensed plumber to install your backflow prevention device or if you can have any contractor perform the work.

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