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    Eye Opener! Backflow Prevention training

    I'm attending a backflow prevention device testing and certification course in Poway, CA. It is really a basic course, but it is quite an eye opener.

    I can't see how residential users will ever voluntarily add a backflow device for containment and protection of a public water distribution system.

    It is the right thing to do to protect others from the stupid things we might do in our homes or businesses, but very few people are willing to pay for this themselves.
    It's an upside down world we live in.

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    They are required by code here on any system that contains non potable water and is connected to city water. They're also required to be tested yearly, I think, and the cities have started enforcing it. Our plumbers love it, lots of work.

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    not for a house just their lawn sprinkler system it's required

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    They're required on boilers here.

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    According to our water authority they have started putting in meters with built in backflow prevention. I havent seen any yet, though.

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    The thing that concerns me most is potable water supply lines installed to close to residential septic systems. If the mechanical code is followed there should not be a problem but some rural areas that have public water supply lines were installed before any oversight was put in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNE3298 View Post
    The thing that concerns me most is potable water supply lines installed to close to residential septic systems. If the mechanical code is followed there should not be a problem but some rural areas that have public water supply lines were installed before any oversight was put in place.
    We had no code enforcement before 1998, and even now very few permits are pulled. We see some very odd and occasionally dangerous installations of plumbing, electrical and HVAC.
    It's an upside down world we live in.

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    Its not in the best interest of the customer to pay for yet another thing that they will see no return from. It is however, in the best interest of the water provider. So unless whoever provides the water has approached the city and put in bylaws to have devices installed and checked yearly, good luck getting anyone to volunteer to give up any cash. Your water provider should have it in the cities bylaw to have commercial buildings checked however

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    After a year of sending out letters the water purveyor is finally making progress on getting devices installed.
    It's an upside down world we live in.

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    The water purveyor also has a problem with my tester certification. They accept AWWA, but mine is from ASSE.

    I might need to have someone from IAPMO or ASSE explain to them that ASSE Certification is just as good as AWWA. After all, IAPMO wrote the codes that have been adopted here.
    It's an upside down world we live in.

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    Everyone wants their slice of the pie, I would fight for it also

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