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Backflow FAQ’s

Once an approved backflow preventer has been properly installed by a licensed company, it must have an initial test performed by a licensed Backflow Tester (an individual who has completed the required course for backflow testing and has successfully passed the TCEQ State Test for certification). After this, an annual backflow test must be completed.

 

Why is backflow testing required?
Your property’s main waterline supplies drinking water to your house. This pipe also supplies water for alternative uses such as boiler, fire and irrigation systems; which are cross connections. Glycol, fertilizer, waste, and gas can be found in these alternative pipes. If pressure is reduced in your main waterline, the polluted water in the alternative systems can flow backwards and contaminate your drinking water. A backflow device prevents water in the alternative lines from flowing backwards, thus protecting your drinking water and your health. The State of Nevada requires backflow devices be inspected annually to make sure they are working properly.

Who needs backflow testing?
Backflow devices are required on non-drinking water systems which are directly connected to the drinking water supply line at a property. These include, but are not limited to: irrigation, boiler (hydronic heat) and fire sprinkler systems.

Once an approved backflow preventer has been properly installed by a licensed company, it must have an initial test performed by a licensed Backflow Tester (an individual who has completed the required course for backflow testing and has successfully passed the TCEQ State Test for certification).