backflow Prevention Device Testing

Backflow prevention devices help to prevent contaminated water from flowing back into the water supply. Contaminated water can pose a serious health risk to everyone who drinks it. Commercial properties that often use chemicals could contaminate the water supply. Some of these chemicals can be extremely dangerous, making it difficult to cleanse the water if it becomes contaminated. For this reason, it is essential for commercial property owners to have their backflow prevention devices installed and tested annually. Please do so to avoid issues.

Backflow testing must be carried out annually, or it might incurr in fines.

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Regulations require the fitting of backflow prevention devices and annual testing. Failure to comply could result in penalties of up to $5,000 and $500 per day.

A backflow prevention device is a mechanism designed to prevent the reverse flow of contaminated or undesirable substances into a clean water supply system. The term “backflow” refers to the unwanted reversal of water flow in a plumbing system, which can potentially allow pollutants, chemicals, or other non-potable substances to enter the drinking water supply.

Backflow can occur due to a sudden drop in water pressure or a change in the normal flow direction, creating a risk of contamination. Backflow prevention devices are installed in plumbing systems to protect against this risk and ensure the integrity of the water supply. These devices come in various types and sizes, ranging from simple check valves to more complex backflow preventer assemblies, which are commonly used in commercial and industrial settings.

The purpose of these devices is to maintain a one-way flow of water, preventing any backflow that could compromise the safety and quality of the drinking water. Local plumbing codes and regulations often dictate the type of backflow prevention device required and where it should be installed based on the specific needs and potential risks of a particular location.

Who can install or test backflow prevention devices?

It’s important to note that only licensed plumbers who have received backflow prevention accreditation from a registered training organisation (known as “backflow plumbers“) are authorised to inspect, commission, and test medium and high-hazard backflow devices.

Once these devices have been installed, only backflow plumbers can test them. After the testing is complete, backflow plumbers are required to submit the test report using Sydney Water lodgement system.

How much does Backflow Prevention Device Testing cost?

The price for backflow testing depends on many factors, including the size of the system and the number of backflow devices installed. However, the price is usually somewhere between $285-$320. This price also includes the fee that the plumber has to pay for logging in the test results into the Sydney Water portal.

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