A backflow preventer helps protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow. In water supply systems, water is normally maintained at a significant pressure to enable water to flow from the tap, shower, etc.
When pressure falls or is reduced, such as a water main bursting, pipes freeze, or there is an unexpectedly high demand on the water system, such reduced pressure in the pipe may allow contaminated water from the ground, storage or other sources to be drawn up into the system.
The Mississippi Department of Health requires all backflow preventers to be tested annually per the MS Code of 1972 Sec 41-26-14. It states: Each high hazard backflow preventer device shall be inspected and tested at least annually. If a high hazard backflow preventer device fails to function properly, the property owner shall have the preventer device repaired and retested or shall install a new approved preventer device within 30 days of the initial test. If a low hazard preventer device fails to function properly, the property owner shall have the preventer device repaired, or shall install a new preventer device, within 90 days after the date the preventer device first fails to function properly.
All inspection and testing of backflow preventer devices under this section shall be conducted by a certified tester, unless otherwise provided in the regulations of the board. Certified backflow preventer device testers shall be licensed by the department under those conditions as the department seems appropriate. If a property owner fails to install a backflow preventer device or fails to have a backflow preventer device tested as required by this section, the public water water system may discontinue service to that property owner until the failure is corrected.
We have 2 licensed backflow technicians on staff: Paul Love and John Love. They are able to certify your backflows annually, as well as make any necessary repairs. We will send proper paperwork to the public works department on your behalf.