Home > City Government > Public Works > Backflow

City Government

 

City of Jerome Backflow Program

Backflow

 

The City of Jerome protects your drinking water both at the "source" (please visit the "Water "Department" page for details), and after it has entered the distribution system. one way that we do so in the system is through the Cross connection program or more commonly known as the Backflow program. Below is a link to the City code that refers to these ordinances. If you have any questions please call Public Works at 324-9669

Testers Corner; Testers you can now use Fix 311 to upload your customers Backflow Device photographs! Simply create a new request and enter the information.


Below is the newly passed Ordince 1096, the changes which staff feel are going to have the most impact to the citizens are;

1. All devices will be required to be tested yearly prior to June 1st , this means you will need employ a tester on the list of approved testers, ahead of time to make sure your device gets inspected and passes it's perfomance testing to prevent your water service from being shut off.

2. Upon Written notice of deficiency the owner shall have 15 days to make corrections, if corrections are not made within this time frame the process of termination of service will begin. Please read the Ordinance in it's entirety below...

 

List of testers 2014

 

ORDINANCE NO. 1096

BILL NO. 580

AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JEROME, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION 13.29.010 DEFINITIONS REGARDING BACKFLOW, BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE, AND CROSS CONNECTION; AND AMENDING 13.29.020 CROSS CONNECTIONS PROHIBITED; AND REPEALING SECTION 13.29.020 DISCONTINUANCE OF WATER SERVICE; AND REVISING SECTION 13.29.060 INSPECTION OF NEW CONSTRUCTION/OCCUPANCY; AND REVISING SECTION 13.29.020 INSPECTION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES AND IMPROVEMENTS; AND REPEALING SECTION 13.29.080 REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT; AND ADDING SECTION 13.29.100 CERTIFIED BACKFLOW TECHNICIAN; AND REPEALING SECTION 13.29.120 RECORDS; AND ADDING SECTION 13.29.140 ENFORCEMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

WHEREAS, the City of Jerome has a duty to protect the public’s health and welfare by controlling cross connections or other sources or potential sources of contamination to the City’s public water supply; and

WHEREAS, by Ordinance No. 1025 adopted in 2007 the City has enacted a backflow prevention ordinance to safeguard a public drinking supply for the residents of the City of Jerome; and

WHEREAS, required amendments and the repeal of certain provisions of the backflow prevention ordinance will better assist management by City’s Public Works Department to properly maintain and enforce the appropriate city ordinance to better protect the citizens in the administration of water supply protection through implementation of the backflow prevention ordinance; and

WHEREAS, the City of Jerome needs to make the proper amendments for the proper administration and management by the Public Works Department for oversight of backflow prevention issues.

BE IT THEREFORE ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JEROME, IDAHO, AS FOLLOWS:

13.29.010: DEFINITIONS:

BACK PRESSURE:  A pressure, higher than the supply pressure, caused by a pump, elevated tank, boiler, or any other means that may cause backflow.

BACK SIPHONAGE:  The flowing back of used water or other liquids, mixtures or substances into the distribution pipes of a public drinking water supply system from any source other than the intended source, caused by the reduction of pressure in the public drinking water supply system.

Backflow – the flow other than in the intended direction of flow of any foreign liquids, gases, or harmful or offensive substances into the distribution system of the City water supply as a result of reduced or reversed pressure.

Backflow prevention device – a device or assembly that, when property installed between the City water supply system and the terminus or point of ultimate use, will prevent backflow.

Backflow Assembly Tester – Individuals licensed pursuant to Title 54, Chapter 24 Idaho Code and IDAPA 24.05.01 Rules of the Board of Drinking Water and Waste Water Professionals.

Cross connection – any physical arrangement whereby the City water system is connected with any other water supply system, sewer, drain, conduit, pool, storage reservoir, or any other source of water supply which contains or may contain contaminated water, sewage or other waste or liquids which may be harmful to human health or which may deleteriously affect the City water supply.

DIRECTOR:  For section 13 of the Jerome Code signifies the Public Works Director.  All other references refer to the Public Works Director of the city.  (Ord. 1025, 2007)

13.29.020:  CROSS CONNECTIONS PROHIBITED:

Unlawful contamination or Cross Connections:  It is unlawful for the owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or other user of City water to introduce or permit the introduction of pollution or contamination of any kind into the City water supply system.  It is unlawful for any person to install or maintain any cross-connection with the City of Jerome.  Failure to remove a cross connection or to install a backflow prevention device approved by the City, as the director may order, within fifteen (15) days of the order, shall result in the discontinuation of potable water service until compliance with this chapter is made.  (Ord. 634 §2, 1980)

13.29.040:  WATER SUPPLY PROTECTION:

No potable water service connection to any premises shall be installed or maintained by the city, unless the water supplying the premises is protected as required by this chapter.  It shall be the responsibility of the owner of occupiable premises to effect installation and inspections as required herein, and to immediately give notice to the director.  (Ord. 1025, 2007)

13.29.050:  DUTY TO INSTALL AND INSPECT ANNUALLY:

It shall be the responsibility of the owner of a property where drinking water is consumed to purchase, install, test and maintain backflow prevention devices or assemblies commensurate with the degree of hazard wherever it will be possible for a cross connection to exist.  Each owner shall have a licensed inspection and operational test made at least once a year, by June 1st, at the owner’s expense.  Where the city deems the hazard to be especially significant, the city may require the owner to have such inspections and tests at a more frequent interval.  All such tests shall be made according to the standards set forth by the state of Idaho department of environmental quality.  Test reports will be made in triplicate, with copies going to the owner, the director and to the licensed tester.  (Ord. 1025, 2007)

Backflow Prevention Devices:

A.        Backflow prevention devices shall be installed by the property owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or other user of City water where the nature and extent of the activities conducted or the materials used or stored on the premises would present a hazard to public health or be deleterious to the quality of the City water should a cross-connection occur.  Even though cross-connections may not exist at the time, backflow prevention devices shall be installed under circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:

                        1.  Premises having an auxiliary water supply:

2.  Premises having internal cross-connections that are not correctable, or having intricate plumbing arrangements which make it impracticable to ascertain whether or not cross-connections exist;

3. Premises where entry is restricted so that inspections for cross-connections cannot reasonably be made;

4.  Premises having a history of cross-connections being established or re-established;

5. Premises on which any industrial fluids or other objectionable substance is handled in such a fashion as to create an actual or potential hazard to the City water supply;

6.  Premises having pumps or pumping devices which may affect the pressure within any line connected to the City water supply.

B.        All backflow prevention devices shall be installed by the property owner at his/her expense, and shall be of a type commensurate with the degree of hazard which exists or which could exist.

1.  An air-gap separation or reduce pressure principle backflow prevention device shall be installed where the public water system may be contaminated with sewage, industrial waste of a toxic nature, or other contaminant which could cause a public health hazard.

2.  In all other cases where the contaminant may be objectionable but not hazardous to the public health, a double check valve assembly, an air-gap separation, or a reduced pressure principle backflow prevention device shall be installed.

3.  All devices installed must be approved by the Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research of USC (USC).  All backflow prevention devices and the installation thereof shall be approved by the City Public Works Director or his duly authorized representative.

C.        Degree of Hazard shall be determined by one of three reference manuals (Most Current Edition):

                        1.  The USC Cross Connection Control Manual

                        2.  Northwest Section AWWA Cross Connection Control Manual

                        3.  United Plumbing Code

                        4.  Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

D.        All backflow prevention devices installed pursuant to this Chapter, except atmospheric vacuum breakers, shall be inspected and tested by a licensed tester at the time of initial installation and annually thereafter, or more often if deemed necessary by the City.

1.  Testing of devices must be done by licensed tester who must follow the most recent test procedures as approved by USC; and submit proof of testing along with a photograph of each backflow prevention assembly tested to the City Public Works Director/assigns.

2.  Whenever a backflow prevention device is found to be defective, it shall be repaired, overhauled or replaced with 15 days at the owner’s expense and according to USC guidelines.

3.  The City Public Works Director/authorized representative shall retain adequate records of all inspections, tests or repairs made pursuant to this chapter.  The City has the right to disallow or reject any test results from a non-licensed tester or those who repeatedly submit inaccurate or fraudulent test results.

E.         If a backflow prevention device is found to be necessary, the owner, tenant, occupant or lessee of the property shall apply in writing to the City Building Department for an installation permit, specifying the type and location of such device or devices.  It shall be unlawful to install, relocate, or remove a backflow prevention device without a permit.  Installation must conform to the most current Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) as adopted by the State of Idaho.

Revised Inspection of New Construction/Occupancy:

No building, improvement or other structure shall be connected to the City water supply after the effective date of this Chapter, unless and until such structure has been inspected and signed off on the occupancy permit by the City Public Works director or designee and found free of any water quality other conditions for which a backflow prevention device is required.  All new occupancy permits shall be subject to the same inspection as new inspection.

Revised Inspection of existing buildings, structures or Improvements:

The City Public Works Director, or his designee, shall make an inspection of any building, improvement of any structure that receives water from the City water supply, and until such structure has been inspected and signed off on the occupancy permit by the Director or designee, no occupancy permit will be issued.  Any change to occupancy or the designated use shall also constitute a water quality inspection.

13.29.090:  ACCESS FOR INSPECTION:

All water systems connecting to the city public drinking water system shall be open for inspection at all reasonable times by authorized representatives of the city in order to determine whether cross connections or other structural or sanitary hazards including violations of this chapter exist.

In order to make such determination, the inspection shall include access to above ceiling areas, pits, paneled interior areas, or their locations where cross connections might exist.  Each owner and/or any occupant shall be responsible to provide a route of access across the property for inspection purposes that is free from litter, overgrowth, the threat of a vicious animal, or other hindrance that may be detrimental to the safety of the inspector or obstructive to ease of access.  (Ord. 1025, 2007)

13.29.100:  LICENSED BACKFLOW ASSEMBLY TESTER:

All tests of Backflow Prevention Devices shall be conducted by a licensed backflow technician, certified in accordance with rules and regulations of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, who will be responsible for the competence and accuracy of all tests and reports.  Such technician shall be responsible to:

                        A.        Assure that acceptable testing equipment and procedures are used for the testing, repairing or overhauling of Backflow Prevention Devices.

                        B.        Make reports of such testing and/or repair within required times to the owner and the Director on a form approved for such use by the City.

                        C.        Include in all reports, a list of any materials or replacement parts used.

                        D.        Assure that replacement parts are equal in quality to original parts and that any testing, repair or replacement does not change the design or operational characteristics of the assembly.

                        E.         Maintain their license in current condition and all testing equipment in proper operating condition.

                        F.         Provide equipment calibration reports annually to the City of Jerome.

                        G.        Be equipped with and competent to use all necessary tools, gauges, and other equipment necessary to properly test and maintain backflow prevention devices.

                        H.        Tag each double check valve, pressure vacuum breaker, reduced pressure backflow assembly or other Backflow Prevention Device showing the serial number, date tested, and by whom, together with the technician’s license number.

                        I.          Inspect high hazard air gap assemblies.

                        J.          Comply with all OSHA standards on confined spaces, including procedures for entering such spaces and required safety equipment.

13.29.110:  NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC:

The City shall use reasonable means to notify its customers of the hazards of cross connections and the need for annual inspection of backflow prevention devices.  (Ord. 1025, 2007)

13.29.130:  VIOLATIONS:

Service of water to a consumer on property found to be in violation of this chapter shall be discontinued by the city after written notice of the violation to both the owner and/or consumer, in accordance with other applicable provisions of this code.  A violation exists if:

A.  Backflow prevention devices required by this chapter for control of cross connections are not installed, tested, or maintained, as required herein.

B.  It is found that a backflow prevention device has been removed or bypassed.

C.  An unprotected cross connection exists on the premises of the owner.

D.  The periodic system inspection required herein has not been conducted.

E.  A false report or false information is provided to the city by or on behalf of the owner or consumer, with regard to a cross connection or backflow prevention device.

Termination of water supply:

Whenever a cross-connection or other source of contamination to the water supply is found, or it is determined that a backflow prevention device is necessary, the City shall cease delivery of water to such premises and the water supply shall not be resumed until the cross-connection or source of contamination is eliminated or a backflow prevention device has been installed in accordance with this ordinance.  Where written notification of a deficiency is provided by the City, and the owner fails to take the required corrective action within fifteen (15) days after the date of mailing such notice, the city shall immediately commence proceedings to discontinue water service unless the City Administrator or Director authorizes a longer time for completion.  (Ord. 1025, 2007)

Section 13:      Section 13.29.140 of the Jerome Municipal Code is hereby adopted as follows:

13.29.140 ENFORCEMENT:

A.  The City of Jerome shall have the authority and responsibility to enforce the provisions of this chapter and the state statutes regarding cross connections when applicable.

B.  The City of Jerome shall inspect or cause to be inspected all backflow prevention assemblies installed pursuant to the requirements of this chapter.

C.  For new facilities, permanent water service shall not be provided until all backflow prevention assemblies have been tested and are operational.

D.  Except in cases where the testing of backflow prevention assemblies must be delayed until the installation of internal production or auxiliary equipment, the City of Jerome shall not approve a certificate of occupancy until all backflow prevention assemblies have been tested and are operational.

E.  The City of Jerome may, without prior notice, suspend water service to any premises when the City of Jerome finds such suspension is necessary to prevent or stop an actual threatened backflow, which presents or may present imminent and substantial danger to the environment, the public water supply, or the health and welfare of any person.  As soon as practicable after the suspension of service, the City of Jerome shall notify the owner or person in charge of the premises of the suspension in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested.  When time permits, the City of Jerome may notify the owner or person in charge prior to suspending water service will be or was discontinued without further notice, the reason for discontinuance, and the ability to request an administrative review regarding the reasons for discontinuance with fifteen (15) days from the date of notice.  Services are not reinstated upon request for an administrative review.  The City of Jerome may not reinstate suspended services until:

1.  The person presents proof, satisfactory to the City of Jerome that the actual or threatened backflow has been eliminated and its cause determined and corrected;

2. The persons pays the City of Jerome for all costs the City incurred in responding to the actual or threatened backflow; and

3.  The person pay the City of Jerome for all cost the City will incur in reinstating service.

F.  A person commits an offense if the person reinstates water service to any premises for which the City of Jerome has suspended water service in order to prevent or stop an actual or threatened backflow which presents, or may present imminent and substantial danger to the environment, the public water supply, or the health and welfare of any person, except as directed by the City of Jerome.

13.29.141 SEVERABILITY:

If a part of ordinance is invalid, all valid parts that are severable from the invalid part remain in effect.  If a part of the ordinance is invalid in one or more of its applications, the part remains in effect in all valid applications that are severable from the invalid applications.

13.29.142:  This ordinance shall be effective following passage and publication as required by law.

PASSED BY THE COUNCIL this 3rd day of June, 2012

SIGNED BY THE MAYOR this 3rd day of June, 2012

CITY OF JEROME, IDAHO

By: /s/ John Shine                  

JOHN SHINE, Mayor

ATTEST:

/s/ Shonna Fraser                                

SHONNA FRASER, City Clerk