If you are an owner of a commercial and industrial property, then it is your responsibility to install and test backflow devices. And not only commercial owners, but residential owners should also feel responsible to have backflow devices 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.
They fail to see the importance of backflow prevention connection control processes in general and the possible hazards it can cause if the program should fail 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.
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 from whom they purchase water owns only the water lines from their source up to and including the water meter. Anything beyond it, including the water papers and the backflow device is owned by the homeowner. Water suppliers are not required by law to perform the device testing or repairs and they usually don’t. It is only ensuring that homeowners are doing backflow device testing that they are required to do. Adding this to their services is too much of a cost to offer.
You should hire an independent contractor to do the backflow device testing and repairs. These contractors are those that have obtained certification from the state to do so. Money and time are needed to be able to get a certification. You should enroll in a training course and pass your written and practical test to receive a certification. 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. This is why water suppliers don’t do backflow device testing.
The federal and state governments have mandated backflow control processes. This is because there is a very real threat to our potable water system.
Most communities have a backflow prevention program which will protect its residents. 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.
Because backflow devices can wear, weaken, and fail over time since they are mechanical devices, it then becomes important to have backflow device testing.