Why Would You Be Liable For Backflow?
Federal Law establishes minimum quality standards for drinking water. The standards must be enforced at the State level, through the local water municipalities. The home or business owner then receives quality water, but is required to prevent contaminants from going back into the water source. Below is a more in depth explanation:
Federal Requirements of backflow testing:
- The law of 1974 established The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 authorized the EPA to establish minimum standards to protect tap water and requires all owners or operators of public water systems to comply with these primary (health-related) standards.
- May 27, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Water Rule: please read: EPA to protect drinking water.
State Requirements of backflow testing:
- States adopted the requirement of backflow and backflow testing to meet Federal safe water requirements. SD Unified Plumbing Code: SDLC 25-36, 603.0, 603.3
Local Water Municipalities:
- Local water Municipalities (Examples Rapid City, Rapid Valley, Chapel Valley) must provide clean water to those connected per the EPA and state requirements.
• Home Owner:
- Home Owner or property Owner is required to test and maintain backflow devices to prevent contamination back into the water supply. The homeowner/property owner is liable for any contamination due to failure of any untested backflow device.
Why Backflow Testing?
Again, simply sated…It is the law. Currently it is not enforced appropriately to ensure the safety and health of Rapid City citizens. But with more and more contaminations happening around the country, it will be.
- What Could Cause a Problem?
- Aging or non-existing backflow protection.
- Failed Backflow devices.
- Home owners and business owners unaware of the potential problem.
- Lack of city enforcement of SD Unified Plumbing Code: SDLC 25-36, 603.0, 603.3
Why Choose Bac Flo Testing and Repair For Your Inspection?
We have Continuous Training.
- Bac Flo Testing and Repair renews our certification each year, through comprehensive training and work related backflow testing and education.
We are Certified.
- Bac Flo has an ASSE Certified Staff (Backflow testing).
We are the Rapid City experts since 1987.
- As a division of Turf Care Systems LLC, we have been installing backflow prevention devices in all of our irrigation systems since 1987.
We have the Experience and expertise.
- Bac Flo Testing and Repair was founded by Turf Care Systems LLC. The professionals at Turf Care Systems LLChave been assisting Rapid City residents with expert advise and the highest quality commercial and residential turf irrigation systems since 1987. Now the turf care experts are taking “Care” to a whole new level…Our community and its residents. Bac Flo Testing and Repair is now providing their expertise in backflow testing to protect Rapid City.
We are a local Rapid City family owned business.
- The owners and employees of Bac Flo Testing & Repair live, work, and contribute to the local Rapid City, SD economy! We truly care about the safety of our friends, neighbors, and community, which includes you!
We Partner with the best!
- Bac Flow Testing and Repair has teamed up with the backflow device industry leader, Watts Water Technologies. Founded in 1874 by Joseph Watts, Watts Regulator Company, as they were originally known, made its reputation by “Setting The Standard in Valve Technology.” During its early days, Watts manufactured pressure reducing valves to regulate steam and relief valves to ensure safe operation of water heaters and boilers. Today, Watts is part of the Watts Water Technologies family with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Watts designs, manufactures and sells an extensive line of flow control products for the water quality, residential plumbing & heating, commercial and OEM markets.
Common Watts Backflow Devices:
PVB (Pressure Vacuum Breaker)
DC (Double Check)
RPZ (Reduced Pressure Zone)
Basic Backflow Information
What is Backflow?
Backflow testing and prevention is critical in plumbing systems. Backflow occurs when contaminated water is able to flow back into the water supply, such as a faucet. This can be very serious, especially when dealing with serious contaminants such as human waste, fertilizers, or pesticides.
Bac Flo Testing and Repair works with customers and their individual water system to help repair any causes of backflow and determine the best backflow preventer to keep the problem from occurring again. Preventers are devices designed to prevent water from flowing in the wrong direction. There are different types of backflow preventers used for different parts of the water system. For example, RPZ backflow preventers are commonly used in areas where the risk of hazard is high, Bac Flo Testing and Repair offers insight and experience to repair or replace backflow preventers.
When it comes to keeping a water supply secured and safe, preventing backflow is high on the list of priorities. Bac Flo Testing and Repair is here to help Rapid City customers test for backflow and use the appropriate backflow preventer to keep their water supply healthy. We have the experience, expertise, and professionalism to get the job done affordably and correctly. Contact Us today to schedule an appointment.
Why Do I need a Backflow Inspection?
A Backflow Preventer is a mechanical device, and like any mechanical device, it will fail. South Dakota Plumbing Codespecifies that every backflow prevention device must be tested at least yearly to verify its operation. Failure to do so could allow a backflow event which is able to harm people and/or property.
What is my Liability?
YOU are responsible for ALL unprotected or inadequately protected cross-connections on your premises, and liable for any damages or illnesses they may cause. In cases where business/home owner have been proven at fault for cross-connection contaminations events, judges and juries have awarded plaintiffs substantial monetary damages.
IT'S THE LAW!
Common Backflow hazards:
- Hose connections to chemical solution aspirators to feed lawn and shrub herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers.
- Lawn irrigation systems.
- Chemically treated heating systems.
- Swimming Pools, hot tubs, spas.
- Private and/or non-potable water supplies located on the property.
- Fire Hydrants (when used to fill water tanks).