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December 3, 2009: City Commission approves mandate on Backflow Prevention

Because the City is committed to clean drinking water, the City Commission amended an ordinance on December 1, 2009, requiring commercial and multi-family properties with three or more units to install backflow prevention devices by October 1, 2010.  The action taken by the City Commission only applies to customers of the City’s Water Utility.

The City is committed to following safe water use standards set forth by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is now following federal, state and local mandates to make sure all properties have backflow prevention devices to protect the drinkable water supply for all residents and businesses. Backflow prevention devices avoid contamination of the water systems by using equipment that stops the backward flow of water through a pipe or cross connections between drinking water and unknown fluids.

Recently, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection discussed amendments to the state Administrative Code requiring community water supply providers to submit a written report, which includes compliance with backflow prevention policies. In addition, the Broward County Health Department requested records to document a citywide compliance program.

The cost of installation varies depending upon the size of the water line. An annual certification fee is required to ensure the device is working properly. The City is waiving the initial certification fee until Oct. 1, 2010.

For more information, call the Utilities Division at 954-345-2160.


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