Recently, some local governments have begun mandating backflow testing on irrigation systems. The backflow preventer or vacuum breaker prevents a cross connection from taking place. A cross connection is a connection or arrangement of piping through which water of a questionable quality, wastes, or other contaminants could enter the potable water supply due to a reversal of flow.
Lawn irrigation systems require backflow prevention devices to be installed at the point of connection to the potable water system. Periodic testing of these and other devices may be required. Testing must be administered by an individual who has obtained a cross connection control “Certificate of Award” from the Michigan Plumbing board.
The Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act requires water utilities to have comprehensive cross connection control programs for the elimination and prevention of all cross connections. Customers are required to maintain their water systems in a manner free of cross connections. If a backflow incident should occur, resulting in contamination of the public water supply, the responsible owner or occupant could be held liable for damages.
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