DeKalb Issues Backflow Compliance Notifications

DECATUR, Ga. – The DeKalb Department of Watershed Management (DWM) is issuing backflow compliance notifications to commercial and residential water customers to ensure continued compliance with state and federal regulations.

Backflow prevention devices stop water from reversing direction and flowing back into the county water supply. State law requires these devices are tested and reported on an annual basis. Backflow devices are required for all commercial properties such as churches, schools, government buildings and businesses, and residential irrigation systems. Notifications are being sent to customers who have not reported inspections of these devices in the previous 12 months which include approximately 8,500 units.

“For most of these accounts, it will be simply a matter of sending us the certified inspection reports per their service agreement,” said Scott Towler, DWM director. “Backflow devices are very stable mechanisms that are built to last for a number of years. This is an opportunity to make certain that these devices are compliant and protecting the integrity of our drinking water system. DWM will work with any customers whose devices are out of compliance.”

Customers with records indicating certified testing has not been performed in the previous 12 months will be notified by mail to provide the required test results.

“The safety and integrity of our water system is of paramount importance,” Towler said. “These tests are not only required by law, but it is the right thing to do for all of our water customers.”