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Prevent Water Contamination

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2020

Private lawn irrigation systems are the most common backflow hazard

Backflow prevention is a simple precaution that helps protect our water supply from contamination.

Water typically flows from the public water main to your home’s water pipes and out your faucet.

Backflow occurs when an event causes abnormally low pressure in the system such as during a water main break. This creates a contamination hazard as water flowing into the system from a private water supply may contain lawn chemicals or household products that are not safe to drink.

Newer homes have anti-siphon faucets to prevent backflow. Install an inexpensive hose bibb vacuum breaker on older outdoor faucets to prevent backflow from your garden hose.

Private lawn irrigation systems are the most common backflow hazard. These systems are fitted with a backflow prevention assembly and require a yearly inspection by a licensed tester to make sure it’s properly functioning.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 health threat some testing may not be able to be completed at this time. If you are unable to conduct your annual testing, please contact CFU Water Operations at 319-268-5331.

CFU has contracted with Aqua Backflow to help manage this program. We appreciate your cooperation with them regarding requests for information. Questions can be directed to Aqua Backflow at 847-742-2296 or info@AquaBackflow.com or to CFU Water Operations.

For more details on backflow prevention and a list of local testing companies visit cfu.net/backflow.