The City updated their rebuild requirements. Backflow prevention devices shall be rebuilt or replaced upon testing failure or the City Inspector’s determination that the system poses a significant/imminent risk to public health.
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The City requires that a certified technician, licensed with the City of Bel Aire, conduct, and file a testing report by June 1st of even-numbered years including 2022. Test results are not required to be filed during odd-numbered years.
Backflow tests completed in the City of Bel Aire must use a City of Bel Aire Backflow test form. Other cities’ forms will not be accepted. Forms are available online and at Bel Aire City Hall. Test results may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Bel Aire City Hall, Attn: Backflow, 7651 E Central Park Ave, Bel Aire, KS 67226, or faxed to (316) 744-3739. Backflow tests are typically filed by the contractor.
A certified technician, licensed with the City of Bel Aire, may completed your backflow device testing. The city maintains a list of licensed contractors on the city website. Each contractor can provide information regarding the cost of testing services. The city collects a $5.00 filing fee, which is typically paid by the contractor when test results are filed with the City.
Contractors may apply or renew licenses on the city’s website: https://www.belaireks.gov/183/Licensed-Contractors
The resident may take steps to disconnect their irrigation system from the City’s water system, therefore backflow device tests would no longer be required. Residents have two options to remove their lawn irrigation system from the City’s water supply. A certified technician, licensed with the City of Bel Aire, may apply for a permit, and disconnect the system. Or the homeowner may apply for a permit and disconnect the backflow device. In both situations, City Code will need to be followed and inspected by the City upon completion of work.
Rebuilds and replacements of backflow prevention devices must be completed by a certified technician, licensed with the City of Bel Aire. A permit, to be requested by the contractor, is required if the serial number changes, which is typically the case with a replacement, but not a rebuild. The certified technician shall test the backflow device and file test results after a rebuild or replacement of a backflow device.
Installation of a lawn irrigation system requires a city permit whether the homeowner or a Bel Aire licensed contractor installs the system. Further, it is the responsibility of the building and premise owners to have each backflow preventer device tested and inspected immediately after initial installation. Thereafter, lawn sprinkler backflow devices shall be tested, and test results filed on even-numbered years.