The Importance of Backflow Prevention for Your Business
Winnipeg’s Backflow Prevention Program was put in place to protect the community by making backflow prevention mandatory for all businesses. By taking preventive measures, you’re doing your part to keep the public water supply safe for the residents of our city.
What Is Backflow and What Causes It?
Backflow is when water in a pipeline gets reversed and travels in the wrong direction, consequently entering the public water supply. This occurs in the absence of backflow prevention devices and when cross-connections (the plumbing that bridges sewage and the city’s water system) are not removed. Winnipeg’s water system supplies the city with clean water for drinking, bathing and cooking, so preventing the backflow of potentially dangerous contaminants is crucial.
What Measures do Businesses Need to Take?
In Winnipeg, businesses are required to take action to prevent backflow. Whenever possible, they must have the cross-connections in their building’s plumbing systems removed. In the case that a cross-connection can’t be removed, business owners are required to install a backflow prevention device. Should a device be installed, the business owner becomes responsible for its upkeep, which includes having it tested by a licensed professional every year. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in a fine or suspension of water services until the appropriate measures have been taken.
What Type of Backflow Device do You Need for Your Business?
If a backflow prevention device is needed at your business, a licensed backflow technician can help you choose the one that’s right for you. The type of device required will depend upon the degree of hazard from the chemical contaminants produced by your business. If they pose a health risk in any concentration, the hazard is considered high; but if there’s no real risk of harm, the risk is low. The recommendations are as follows:
- A reduced-pressure assembly device for a high degree of hazard
- A double check valve assembly for a moderate degree of hazard
- A dual check valve device for low risk of hazard.
Plumbing Contractors in Winnipeg
As a business owner, backflow prevention isn’t something you should take lightly. Fortunately, the team at Lowe Mechanical Services Ltd. can provide you with high-quality service in a timely manner. We offer a wide range of commercial and industrial electrical, HVAC, refrigeration and plumbing services, includingbackflow prevention device installation and testing. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today.