Thursday, December 9, 2010

Is a RPZ Backflow Device ok to use in a underground pit if a floor drain is installed to remove any ground waterseepage into pit or discharge from RPZ

Illinois does not allow for any type of backflow preventer to be placed underground or in a pit. Even if the pit has a sump pit/pump, floor drain, etc.

Section 890.1130 Protection of Potable Water

g) Installation of Devices or Assemblies.

5) Double Check Valve, and Reduced Pressure Principle Backflow Preventer Assemblies. No in-line double check valve backflow preventer assembly (DCV) or reduced pressure principle backflow preventer assembly (RPZ) shall be located more than 5 feet above a floor, or be installed where it is subject to freezing or flooding conditions.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Are testing requirements required by state law?

"Yes. Section 890.1130 of the new Illinois Plumbing Codes states that backflow prevention assemblies be tested and approved by a CCCDI before initial operation and at least annually thereafter. Also, Title 35 section 653.802.e.1 states that each device shall be tested anuually or more frequently if recommended by the manufacturer."

Do you control cross connections to the last outlet of the customers tap?

Per IEPA Regulations, the water purveyor is responsible to the curb stop of each connection. Per Dave McMillan of the IEPA: 'To have an effective program, a community will need to recognize that their water supply is ultimately responsible for protecting their distribution system. A significant point that must be recognized is that the community water system is not responsible for what goes on within an individual service connection.' Your ordinances may be stricter and require 'isolation' and/or 'containment.'

What are your programs based on

"The cross connection control program in Illinois is implemented/coordinated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC). The Illinois EPA (pursuant to 35 Ill. Adm. Code Section 607.104 and 653.801, 653.802 and 653.803) requires that all community water supplies have a cross-connection control program. For the most part, the Illinois DPH deals with the plumbing aspects of the cross-connection control program. Under 77 Ill. Adm. Code 890, backflow prevention devices are regulated. Under 225 ILCS 320, Illinois Plumbing License Law is detailed."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lawn Irrigation

If I have a Pressure Vacuum Breaker (PVB) on my lawn irrigation system, do I need to change it?

Cross Connection Control Ordinance

Can we make our Cross Connection Control Ordinances or Policies more stringent than the State's?

Backflow & Water Meter

Where is the suggested location for the backflow preventer, before or after the water meter?

Reverse Osmosis

Does a reverse osmosis system require backflow protection?

Trap primer

Does a trap primer require a backflow preventer?

What backflow preventers are required on...

What type of backflow preventers are needed on:
* hair sinks
* beverage systems
* boilers
* commercial ice makers
* foot baths
* nail salon service lines
* beauty salon/barber shop service lines
* steam generators
* fire hydrants if contractor use is allowed
* water cooled condensors
* water powered sump pumps
* chillers
* water softeners
* threaded valve outlets

Why replace a single check valve on a Fire System?

Why does a single check on a fire system need to be replaced?

Where can I become a certified tester near Milwaukee?

Can you please tell me where a person in Milwaukee, Wisconsin can become a certified tester?