Why is Installation and Testing Vital?
Why is Backflow Prevention Device Installation & Testing Vital?
Because the integrity of the entire Network Utility Operator’s reticulated water supply system depends on it. One property can contaminate the water supply for everyone else connected to that system.
Because if you own property in Australia, it’s your responsibility to have a functioning backflow prevention device and have it tested annually by a certified professional. If you do not currently have the proper device, it’s your responsibility to have a certified professional assess your hazard level, install a backflow prevention device, test and maintain it.
Property Owner Responsibilities Depend on Hazard Rating
Properties are rated according to the level of risk they pose — either a low, medium or high hazard. These hazard levels are defined by two pieces of regulation: the Plumbing Code of Australia 2011 and the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3500. As advancements occur these regulations are amended according to increased responsibilities of both the property owner and the Network Utility Operator.
- Low: Risk of causing a nuisance.
- Medium: Risk of causing illness.
- High: Risk of causing death.
How Do Our Services Help?
Now that you understand what backflow is, and how it affects your commercial building, what exactly can Backflow Prevent do to help you avoid liabilities, keep your water flowing, and comply with Australian law?
Testing: Many commercial buildings have backflow prevention devices installed, but fail to have these devices checked annually as law dictates. Notifications are sent to property owners approximately a month before their annual inspection date. When you get yours please contact us; we will quickly follow up and make sure you meet current regulations.
Installation: We can quickly and affordably install RPZD products at your commercial building. We use these specific types of backflow prevention devices because they prevent both backflow and backsiphonage. RPZD stands for reduced pressure zonedevice.
Maintenance: All aspects of backflow prevention devices must be handled by the property owner, including maintenance. Checking the o-rings and cleaning the gate or cassette of the backflow prevention device is simple but must be done properly to ensure correct functioning.
Community Welfare is at Stake
Backpressure and back-siphonage, the two causes of backflow, can occur at any time. If your commercial building does not have a backflow prevention device installed or in proper working order, chemicals and contaminants in your water supply can enter the main supply. From there those chemicals and contaminants travel into the bodies of local residents just like you.
Water to Your Building Can Be Shut Off
If your commercial building doesn’t comply, your water will be shut off to preserve the Network Operator’s System. But with our backflow prevention installation and testing you can continue operating your commercial building without worrying about this important aspect of regular maintenance.