Why do I need a backflow preventer?

Safety is a big issue! If water that gets sucked back into your water system is contaminated by weed killer, fertilizer, or pesticides, it can make you very sick. Chemicals and insecticides in your drinking water can cause several reactions. Reports from across the nation have included:

  • Anti-freeze poisoning
  • Blisters
  • Burning of the mouth and throat
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Unconsciousness

Backflow preventers are required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Primary Drinking Water Regulations, and the City of Grand Junction resolution Number 89-99. Backflow preventers must be installed on your home and business sprinkler systems if they are tied into your domestic water supply. They also need to be installed on fire sprinkler systems, commercial facilities where chemicals are used, boiler systems, and other systems where water could become contaminated.

Helpful Resources

For more information about backflow prevention email Brian Breault, Cross-Connection Control Coordinator, or call at 970-256-4101.

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