If you are an owner of a commercial and industrial property, then it is your responsibility to install and test backflow devices. What is true of commercial property owners should be true of homeowners as well; they should have backflow devices installed and tested annually in their property.
There is really not much problem with business owners since they see backflow device testing as part of their business cost. But, for homeowners, they resist this idea because of their lack of understanding.
Most owners feel that the water bill they pay should cover the cost of backflow device testing and should not come from their pockets.
They also do not understand the importance of the backflow prevention connection control process in general, and the extreme hazard possible if the program should suffer because of neglect. Pollution and contamination entering the potable water system is a real threat and it has already happened in some communities within the US.
If homeowners understand that their water bill does not contain the fee for backflow device testing, then this issue can be resolved. The water supplier that supplied water to your home simply owns the pipe from the source up to your meter. Beyond the meter, including water pipes, a backflow device belongs to the homeowner. Water suppliers are not required by law to perform the device testing or repairs and they usually don’t. It is only ensuring that homeowners are doing backflow device testing that they are required to do. Adding this to their services is too much of a cost to offer.
So, independent contractors are there to test these backflow devices. These contractors are those that have obtained certification from the state to do so. You need money and time to get this certification. A training course including a written test should be taken and a practical test must be passed in order to receive the certification. To maintain your certification, scheduled re-testing is necessary. It is important for a certified contractor to invest in test equipment and tools to be able to conduct tests and perform repairs. Purchasing test equipment is costly and it should be calibrated annually by a certified facility. This is why water suppliers don’t do backflow device testing.
The federal and state governments have mandated backflow control processes. Backflow device leakages can compromise our potable water system and this is a very real problem.
Most communities have a backflow prevention program which will protect its residents. Pollutant and contaminants can invade the potable water system if your backflow device is leaking. the potable water system will be contaminated with high level health hazards.
Backflow device testing will ensure that there are no leaks in the device; these are mechanical devices that can wear, weaken, and fail over time.