Protecting our water supply
Nobody wants to unknowingly sip on cleaning chemicals from the local carwash or dyes from the corner hair salon when we reach for a glass of water. What about running a bath for the kids – fancy something from a petrol station or dry cleaners mixed in amongst the bubbles?
We’re very lucky in most parts of Australia to have access to clean, safe drinking water.
That’s thanks, in part, to these valves – Backflow prevention devices.
The backflow valve safeguards the health of the community by preventing cross connection with a contaminated source. So, in short, they stop hazardous pollutants from being sucked back into our drinking water supply.
It’s a legal requirement for certain types of premises that have been assessed as medium to high risk, to have backflow prevention devices installed and tested on an annual basis by an appropriately licensed plumber.
You can contact your local water authority for information about registering your premises for a backflow prevention agreement.