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Hot Topic: I heard the City Commission approved a new mandate regarding backflow prevention, does that apply to me?

The City Commission amended an ordinance on December 1, 2009, but it only requires that commercial and multi-family properties with three or more units install backflow prevention devices by October 1, 2010.  The action 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 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.

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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