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Annual Backflow Assembly Tests Are Overdue

Sept 9, 2019 - By State law, any high-risk plumbing connection that could potentially allow dirty water to enter the clean side of the City's drinking water system must be protected by a backflow prevention device, which must be tested annually. Test results are due to the City by June 30 each year; about one third of Island water connections are covered by this requirement.

Backflow Assembly Testing is now overdue, and 138 locations still have not submitted their test results even though they have now received three written notices. The City's Water Utility has a goal of 100 percent compliance by month's end. These non-compliant accounts are facing *termination* of water service after September 30. The final alert from the City will be a door hanger placed in late September advising of imminent shutoff.

The good news is, itís easy to submit results: certified backflow assembly testers simply enter their results on the City's Web Portal and receive a confirmation number of their submittal. Learn more about the process from this updated City webpage: www.mercergov.org/Backflow.

The City is committed to providing safe drinking water to all our users and the cross-connection control program provides an essential component of the multi-barrier approach to ensure it can achieve that commitment. 



 

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