BACKFLOW PREVENTION

WHAT IS BACKFLOW?

BACKFLOW IS THE UNDESIRABLE REVERSAL OF THE FLOW OF WATER OR MIXTURE OF WATER AND OTHER LIQUIDS INTO THE DISTRUBUTION PIPES OF THE POTABLE WATER SUPPLY. AN EXAMPLE OF BACKFLOW WOULD BE A WATER HOSE IN A SWIMMING POOL OR A UTILITY SINK THAT WOULD SHIPHON LIQUID BACK INTO THE WATER LINES IF THERE WAS A BREAK IN WATER PRESSURE. THESE CONTAMINENTS CAN TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE PARISH OR CITY WATER SUPPLY CAUSING HARM TO OTHERS.

WHO NEEDS A BACKFLOW PREVENTER?



LOUISIANA STATE LAW MANDATES BACKFLOW PREVENTERS IN A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS. STATE LAW ALSO STATES THAT IN THE EVENT OF A BACKFLOW SITUATION, THE OWNER OF THE BUSINESS OR HOME IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, ILLNESS, OR DEATH CAUSED BY BACKFLOW INTO THE GENERAL WATER DISTRIBUTION PIPES.

THE LAW STATES THAT THE FOLLOWING BUILDINGS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A BACKFLOW PREVENTER:

*HOSPITALS, VETINARIAN CLINICS, SURGERY CENTERS, DIALYSIS CENTERS
*FUNERAL HOMES, MORTUARIES
*CAR WASH
*INDUSTRIAL PLANT FACILITIES
*FOOD SERVICES, PROCESSING PLANTS, RESTURANTS
*FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS (SPRINKLER LINES)
*MARINAS, DOCKS
*RADIATOR SHOP
*EXTERMINATOR
*PHOTO PROCESSING FACILITIES
*MULTIPLE RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS (APARTMENTS)
*MULTIPLE STORIED OFFICE OR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
*JAILS, DETENTION CENTERS

**THE LIST ABOVE IS NOT INCLUSIVE OF ALL POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION SOURCES WHICH MAY NEED CONTAINMENT PROTECTION AS SPECIFIED BY LOUISIANA STATE PLUMBING CODE.