Why is the City doing this now?

In the past, the backflow prevention ordinance had addressed commercial and industrial installations.  In May of 2017 the City amended its local backflow ordinance to comply with the state plumbing code, which addresses all backflow preventers, including residential installations, as well as the requirement of annual testing and documentation of that testing. To ensure the high quality of our drinking water, the City of Fayetteville Water Department is initiating an automated tracking system and enforcement protocol of this amended requirement.

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1. Why is the City doing this now?
2. What is backflow?
3. What is Cross Connection?
4. What is the most common form of cross connection?
5. What is a backflow preventer and why are they needed?
6. Who needs a backflow preventer?
7. How do I find a licensed backflow assembly tester?
8. How often does my backflow preventer need to be tested?
9. Who is responsible for the testing and maintenance of the backflow preventers?
10. Who can test backflow preventers?
11. Who can repair backflow preventers?
12. What is a TRAC # ?
13. How much will a backflow test cost?
14. What happens if my backflow test fails?
15. What happens if I don’t have my assembly tested?
16. Who can I contact for additional information on the City of Fayetteville’s Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Program?