Council keeps a register of all backflow prevention devices. Find information on testing and registering backflow prevention devices.
All water supply systems intended for human consumption, food preparation, utensil washing or oral hygiene must be safeguarded from contact with contaminated water. This applies to water services connected to rainwater tanks, main water supply and/or alternative water supplies. A water supply should not be offensive in appearance, taste or odour.
Backflow prevention is the term used to prevent the reverse flow of water from a potentially polluted or contaminated source into drinking and bathing water supply systems. By installing a backflow prevention device this risk can be managed. There are a number of backflow prevention devices available to suit any particular situation.
Where to start
Backflow prevention starts within a property boundary by isolating a possible contamination source from the town mains or storage tanks (rainwater tanks) from the tap or appliance.
Examples of potential source of contamination:
- Fire Hose Reels (FHR)
- Swimming pools
- Ornamental ponds
- Vehicle maintenance pits
- Air conditioning towers
- Vehicle/bin washing bays
- Chemical injection areas
Examples of properties requiring backflow prevention:
Motels, hotels and unit complexes
Botanic gardens and caravan parks
Shops and restaurants
Dry cleaners and laundries
Medical and dental surgeries
Car and plant washing facilities
Hospitals and funeral parlours
Sports club houses and schools
Day care centres and kindergartens
Pest control and water carrying vehicles
Vehicle repair workshops
Register of backflow prevention devices
Council is required to keep a register as per the following:
- Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 Section 38 – Testable backflow prevention devices
- A local government must implement and maintain a program for its local government area for the registration, maintenance and testing of testable backflow prevention devices installed in the area.
- The local government, or an entity authorised by the local government, must keep a register of the testable backflow prevention devices.
- An owner of an installed testable backflow prevention device must-
a) register the device with the local government or entity; and
b) at least once each year, have the device inspected or tested by a person who is licensed to do the work.
- A person who inspects or tests a testable backflow prevention device must, within 10 business days after inspecting or testing the device, give the local government written results of the inspection or test.
This is an administration fee to cover the costs to maintain an up-to-date register. Current fees are available on council's Register of Fees and Charges.