The water main provides drinking water to your house or business which has been treated to meet standards set out. The Australian drinking water guidelines provide guidance to regulators and suppliers CLICK HERE for more Info
To protect the drinking water supply from contaminated water that maybe used for factory processes, cement factories, chemical injection , irrigation and BACKFLOW DEVICE must be installed to prevent the contaminated water from Back Flowing into the drinking water supply.
So the water before the backflow device is drinking water. However, the water after the Backflow device is no longer drinking water and should be labeled “NOT FOR DRINKING” on the pipework and at all fixtures.
HOW TO BOOK A TEST
You are required to provide and submit a Form 9 – Registration & report on inspection and testing of backflow prevention devices, registered air gaps and registered break tank. Annually. If councill do not receive a PASS Form 9 for a registered device, you will issue a Show cause notice.
You can not test your own devices, they can only be tested by a licensed Plumber who also has a current Backflow endorsement included on the license. Local Plumbing Sunshine Coast can offer Backflow Testing CLICK HERE for more information of Pricing and Booking
A standard test can take 20-30 Minutes to perform, and cost from $80AUD -$150AUD depending on your location and the number of devices you have onsite; Addition works to repair faults to maintain its correct working or to bring to standards would be additional cost.
Backflow prevention regulations in Queensland require annual testing — that is, once every 12 months.
This testing must be done by a licenced professional plumber who has received additional training in backflow prevention testing, and has additional accreditation added to there plumbing license.
For you Local Backflow testing Sunshine Coast call 0404 014 015
Section 101 of the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 requires council must:
The annual fee included in the property’s rates notice is to cover the costs to maintain the register.
The owner of the device is legally responsible to ensure annual testing and all backflow devices are maintained, and is enforced by the local council penalties and fine apply.
The backflow testing process typically takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete, if there are no repairs that need to be made. Valves are opened and closed to check for any irregularities and a form 9 is then submitted to the local council, ensuring that it meets the correct standard and working correctly
The owner of a testable backflow prevention device must:
Non-testable devices; including dual check valves, do not need to be registered or tested annually.