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  Am i legally required to have a back flow prevention device?

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  1. Yes. To prevent contamination an approved backflow prevention assemblies are required by law, and must be installed in accordance with plumbing or building codes. Most health regulatory agencies require an air gap or mechanical backflow prevention assembly between the delivery point of mains water and local storage or use.

    A check valve is a basic form of backflow prevention, but often more complex devices are required because check valves are not considered to be reliable, when compared to more sophisticated devices with redundancies and reduced-pressure zones.

    In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds local water suppliers responsible for maintaining the regulatory control over potable water systems. Many states and/or local municipalities require annual testing of backflow prevention assemblies. Volusia County Florida requirements can be met with a licensed backflow plumbing expert.   [edit]
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