|The City of Bel Aire wants to ensure that all citizens have access to safe, clean drinking water. An important step toward achieving that goal is to confirm water being used for irrigation systems does not mix with contaminants such as pesticides and fertilizers that could "flow back" into the City's water distribution system. Every citizen who has an irrigation system connected to the City's water system is required to have a working backflow device. This ensures everyone has access to clean drinking water.|
Backflow prevention is key to maintaining a clean water system for the community and a healthier lifestyle for your family. City ordinance requires that all backflow devices be tested in even years to verify that they are in good, working condition. Forms are due on even years to City Hall by June 1st and can be obtained at City Hall or online here. A $5.00 filing fee is required when submitting the form.
A certified technician licensed with the City of Bel Aire is required to inspect and test the vacuum breaker every even year before the first day in June if the system is connected to the public water supply. The system is also required to be rebuilt or replaced upon failure of the backflow testing.
Irrigation systems not in use can be removed from the water system by disconnection and the installation of a permanent cap, per City specifications. Sytems thus removed need to be reported to the City for inspection and filing. Once the system has been disconnected and inspected, the testing requirement will be waived for future years. Homeowners may disconnect their systems themselves provided they follow the City specifications. Contact the Building and Zoning Inspector for more information regarding disconnections.
The City is required by law to have these policies in effect to protect the public water supply. Fines and penalities can be accessed for noncompliance.