Backflow Prevention and Device Testing
Water distribution systems are designed with the intention of the water flowing from the distribution system to the consumer. If a system is unprotected, it is possible for water to flow in the opposite direction. This is called backflow and it can compromise the public water supply.
Irrigation systems are required to have a properly working cross-connection control device/backflow device installed. These devices restrict water flowing from the customer’s irrigation system into the public water supply. Without this device, contamination from the customer’s irrigation system could enter the customer’s service line and the water main, contaminating the public water supply.
Backflow Prevention Mandates
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) regulates backflow prevention via Indiana Administrative Code under Title 327 IAC 8-10, Indiana Register, Volume 11, Number 2. IDEM requires utilities to monitor cross-connection control devices for compliance and to maintain records of device test results. Also, all lawn irrigation systems are required to have cross-connection control devices installed. These devices must be tested every year.
For more information regarding backflow prevention and compliance requirements veiw the The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Manual – 2009 Edition
Backflow Device Testing Is Required
Cross-connection control devices must be tested every year. Devices installed on irrigation systems must be tested when the system is activated for the sprinkling season. At K.D. Landscaping we are certified by the State of Indiana to test your backflow and file the necessary paperwork with your utility company.
Call the office at 317-896-9180 to schedule your irrigation start up and test now!