What is Backflow?
Backflow is the reversal in the direction of the normal flow of water in a piping system. This can be caused by backsiphonage or backpressure. A negative or reduced pressure in the supply piping causes backsiphonage much the same way as drinking through a straw. Potential for backpressure backflow exists wherever there is a heating system, elevated tank, or other pressure producing equipment. When the pressure is reduced, the flow in the supply piping is reversed.
Does water really flow backwards?
Yes, it does happen. When the public water distribution system is in normal operation, water flows directly from the Marion Utilities' water main to your property. However, in certain situations backflow can occur causing water to flow back into the distribution system. The most likely time for this to happen is during periods of high water usage such as when fighting a fire, flushing a hydrant, water main breaks or repairs in the water distribution system.
What is a backflow prevention device?
A backflow prevention device is a plumbing mechanism that provides a physical barrier to prevent the possibility of backflow from occurring and potentially polluting or contaminating the public water supply
Why do I have to test my backflow prevention device?
Backflow prevention devices are required to be tested annually because they have internal seals, springs, and moving parts that are subject to fouling, wear, or fatigue. Therefore, all backflow prevention devices have to be tested annually to ensure they are functioning properly to protect the public water system.
How often do I have to test my backflow prevention device?
Backflow prevention devices (of all types) are required by Indiana (see Indiana Administrative Code 327 IAC 8-10) to be tested annually, and are considered past due the following calendar day after the test due date.
Who can test my backflow prevention device?
Does Marion Utilities earn revenue from this program?
Marion Utilities does not earn any revenue by implementing and enforcing this program. Revenue associated with this program is contained within the private sector (Backflow Testers/Plumbing Companies & Aqua Backflow.) We realize and understand that there is an expense and inconvenience involved with complying with the requirements. However, protecting the public water supply is everyone’s responsibility and at Marion Utilities, we take our part very seriously.
Why has Marion Utilities decide to hire an outside vendor to help manage the program?
Marion Utilities has contracted with a firm called Aqua Backflow to help improve the efficiency of our customer communication, notification, and test results submittal process. For several years our staff manually entered the results of tests sent to us into our backflow management software. As our utility grows and we begin to protect more service lines, this task becomes increasingly cumbersome and is better managed by a firm that specializes in this process.
Where can I find information on the Indiana Administrative Code regarding Cross Connection Control & Backflow Prevention?
How do I contact Aqua Backflow?
How do I know when my backflow prevention device is due to be tested or who tested it most recently?
You will receive a reminder notice from Aqua Backflow before your backflow prevention device is due to be tested. The notice will include the test due date and the last company on record who has serviced it. This information can also be found online using the “My Backflow” app at trackmybackflow.com. Enter your Site ID and the Site Address Number only. The Site ID is listed on the letter you received from Aqua Backflow. If you do not have a Site ID available to you, contact Aqua Backflow at 847.742.2296.
Can backflow notifications be sent to a mailing address that is different from the billing address?
The notification can be sent to a mailing address separate from your billing address, if you prefer. Contact Aqua Backflow at 847.742.2296 to have your backflow mailing address updated.
Where do I submit backflow prevention device test results?
You must be a State Certified Backflow Tester to submit your test results online at www.trackmybackflow.com. A water utility customer may not submit the results on the tester’s behalf. Additionally, if you send a copy to Marion Utilities or Aqua Backflow’s office, this does not guarantee that you won’t receive a non-compliance notice.
I had my backflow prevention device tested. Why am I receiving a notice?
Contact Aqua Backflow at 847.742.2296 to inquire if your State Certified Backflow Tester submitted the results.
Can I have an extension on when my backflow prevention device is due to be tested?
A reasonable extension may be available. Contact Aqua Backflow at 847.742.2296 to discuss extending your test date.
I have a lawn irrigation system that I don't use. Am I still required to test my backflow prevention device annually?
Yes. According to state law (see Indiana Administrative Code 327 IAC 8-10), you are required to test your backflow prevention device annually even if you are not using your system. You may request a temporary or permanent removal of your backflow prevention device if you no longer wish to use your irrigation system. Contact Aqua Backflow at 847-742-2296 to discuss temporary or permanent removal of your backflow prevention device.
I have removed or replaced my backflow prevention device. What do I need to do?
Contact Aqua Backflow at 847.742.2296 to ensure the records are up-to-date.
What happens if I fail to comply? Will my water be shut off if I don't test my backflow prevention device?
Marion Utilities may terminate water service for a customer who is found to be in non-compliance. You will receive multiple notices prior to the ultimate disconnection of your water service.
I've received a Final Disconnection Notice, Recorded Message, or Red Tag. What do I need to do?
If you have received a Final Disconnection Notice, Recorded Message, or Red Tag related to backflow prevention compliance, we suggest you schedule testing with a State Certified Backflow Tester immediately to avoid interruption in your water service.
My water has been disconnected. What do I need to do to have my water restored?
Once your service has been disconnected, your State Certified Backflow Tester must call Marion Utilities Water Division at 765.664.2391, option 5 to schedule your service to be turned back on to allow your backflow prevention device to be tested.
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