Installing and testing backflow devices is the responsibility of commercial and industrial property owners. And not only commercial owners, but residential owners should also feel responsible to have backflow devices installed and tested annually.
Most business owners treat backflow device testing as a normal cost of their business and so they have their backflow devices tested and repaired. The idea of backflow device testing is something that most homeowners resist for lack of understanding.
Most owners feel that the water bill they pay should cover the cost of backflow device testing and should not come from their pockets.
They also do not understand the importance of the backflow prevention connection control process in general, and the extreme hazard possible if the program should suffer because of neglect. There is a real threat of pollution or contamination entering the potable water system and has already occurred in some communities within the US.
The problem with many homeowners is that they do not know that their water bill does not include backflow device testing. The water supplier from whom they purchase water owns only the water lines from their source up to and including the water meter. The homeowner owns anything beyond the water meter which includes pipes and backflow devices. Water suppliers don’t perform backflow device testing or repair because they are not required by law to do so. They are required to ensure that the testing is accomplished by the owner of the device. Water utilities have found the cost of providing this service too high.
You should hire an independent contractor to do the backflow device testing and repairs. contractors certified by the state are the only ones that can do backflow device testing. Money and time are needed to be able to get a certification. 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. This certification must be maintained through scheduled re-testing. It is important for a certified contractor to invest in test equipment and tools to be able to conduct tests and perform repairs. It is expensive to buy test equipment which you should have to calibrate annually in a certified facility. All of these cost money which water suppliers are not able to absorb.
Cross-connection/backflow control processes are mandated by the federal and state governments. Backflow device leakages can compromise our potable water system and this is a very real problem.
The backflow prevention program that is in place in your community is for your protection. If the potable water systems comes in contact with backflow leakages, then pollutant and contaminants will contaminate the water system. the potable water system will be contaminated with high level health hazards.
Backflow device testing will ensure that there are no leaks in the device; these are mechanical devices that can wear, weaken, and fail over time.