Backflow is a hydraulics concept that has a direct impact on water quality. The term backflow means a reversal in the direction of flow of any non-consumable substance (liquid, gas or solid) into a drinking water supply. The backflow phenomenon allows for pollutants and contaminants to enter your drinking water. For this reason, cross-connection control is a health issue that can’t be ignored.
Clean drinking water is essential to health and safety. Drinking water supply systems must be predesigned, engineered, and kept in such a manner that eliminates contamination from hazardous liquids, solids, or gasses being introduced into the supply through cross-connections. A cross connection is the conjunction whereby a water supply pipe is attached to another pipeline having the potential for contamination or that is actually contaminated. These connections are unlawful because of the inherent risk it presents. Cross connections must be separated by an approved backflow prevention device, assembly, or method.
The North Carolina Plumbing code is intended to “establish minimum standards to provide a reasonable level of safety and health”. Backflow prevention assemblies have a limited lifespan and require constant testing and monitoring. Call 984-295-TEST for backflow TESTing, repairs, or replacements. Arbor Plumbing & Backflow is the Triangle’s backflow prevention and cross-connection control solution.