Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don’t get a Backflow Test done when required by the City?

It is an offence to not get a backflow test done every year. If you don't, you could be fined in the range of $250 to $10,000 per day for each day you're late in doing the test. In an extreme case, the City could cut off water to your property.

What is “Backflow”?

Backflow is a flow of undesirable water or other liquid, gas or solid in a backward or reverse direction into the water system, caused either by back pressure or back siphonage.

What is a “Backflow Assembly”?

A backflow assembly is an assembled unit designed to prevent backflow from entering the water system. It includes shutoff valves and test cock(s).

Where are my backflow assemblies located?

Backflow assemblies are installed in a variety of places including indoor and outdoor sprinkler systems; water filters; boilers; irrigation systems; fountains; and ponds.

Who is qualified to test Backflow Assemblies?

The City requires the testing to be done by a Certified Backflow Assembly Tester whose qualifications have been verified by the City’s agent, BSI.

What is a “Certified Backflow Assembly Tester”?

A certified backflow assembly tester is a person who has received formal training in backflow testing; has been certified by the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) as a Certified Backflow Assembly Tester; and has renewed their BCWWA certification each year.

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