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 them, even homeowners find themselves in situations in which backflow devices must be installed and tested annually.
There is really not much problem with business owners since they see backflow device testing as part of their business cost. But, for homeowners, they resist this idea because of their 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. Pollution and contamination entering the potable water system is a real threat and it has already happened 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. 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. 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. 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. A training course including a written test should be taken and a practical test must be passed in order to receive the certification. To maintain your certification, scheduled re-testing is necessary. 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 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. If the potable water systems comes in contact with backflow leakages, then pollutant and contaminants will contaminate the water system. These contaminants are 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.