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Backflow Inspections

Our staff possesses unparalleled experience in on-site inspections, backflow management and water quality control.
Periodic on-site inspections of your facility are a vital part of your cross-connection control program, as they are essential in maintaining compliance with State and Local regulations, as well as OSHA regulations that mandate a safe, hazard-free working environment.

Greensboro Backflow is uniquely capable in helping you meet these requirements.

Cross-connection control is important no matter what type of service is involved. Industrial cross-connection control pro- grams have been used for years. Historically, water purveyors have recog- nized the potential risk of high-hazard industrial connections in their systems and have taken an active roll in protecting the public water supply (primary system) from them. The potential risk from resi- dential connections has been, for the most part, overlooked, even though some of the most serious cases of backflow
originated at a residence.

Chlordane was siphoned through a hose at a residence in Roanoke, Virginia, contaminating the water supply of an entire neighborhood. The cost to the water purveyor to replace water mains, valves, meters, service lines, water heaters, ice makers, and other plumbing was about $200,000. In addition, lawsuits totalling several million dollars were filed.

Since these suits were settled out of court by the water purveyor and the exterminator, no records are available on the actual amount paid, but it
was probably considerable.



Q: If plumbing codes require backflow pro- tection at the cross-connection, why is a second line of defense needed?
A: There are several reasons: The first is that plumbing codes, like other rules and regulations, are not always ade-quately enforced. The second, and by far the most compelling reason, is that the day after the certificate of occupancy is issued, plumbing becomes subject to unauthorized changes.

Economic fac- tors motivate homeowners to do-it- yourself plumbing. The bottom line is the cost of a competent plumber versus the savings when the homeowner does
it himself. Generally, the homeowner is not only ignorant of the plumbing code requirements, he is totally unaware of the dangers of cross-connection and back-
flow. Finally, the installation of a dual check backflow preventer at the service connection divorces the public water sup- ply from the domestic water supply and establishes jurisdictional authority and responsibility between the publ

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