Backflow Prevention Mandate

Water Backflow Prevention Mandates

Why Multi-Family & Condos Owners Are Required To Install Backflow Devices

As the water provider for properties in the Wildernest subdivision, the BMMD must comply with all State and Federal guidelines for safe drinking water. As such, new laws require all suppliers throughout the nation mandate the use of water backflow safety systems for all multi-family/condo properties, irrigation systems, community pools/hot tubs, and properties with separate fire sprinkler systems. 

Water backflow from personal properties into a public water system can pollute or contaminate the water in that system and make it unsafe to drink. The job of backflow preventers is to 'prevent' contaminated water from getting back into the water supply. A backflow preventer is like a one-way gate for water, and can be as simple as a single check valve that closes when water flow reverses or more elaborate consisting of multiple check valves and a system that allows it to be tested to assure functionality.

BMMD’s Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Program Policy (CCC Policy), is now enforcing those State and Federal laws by requiring multi-family & condo properties located in Wildernest, install and annually test, backflow devices on domestic water service lines that connect to the BMMD public water distribution system. Single family homes or duplex/triplex properties that are individually metered are exempt from this CCC Policy.

All Wildernest multi-family and condo properties are subject to, and must abide by, this CCC Policy as a condition of water service. Failure to comply will subject the property to daily fines or discontinuation of water service. All HOA property management companies have been informed of these requirements and any actions needed to comply.  HOA Board of Directors should be aware that annual testing is required in properties that contain testable backflow devices.  Please call the District office or the HOA property management company if you have questions about this required policy.  

Click the following link to view the BMMD Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention Policy Ordinance, pursuant to Rules & Regulations, Article V, 500 11.

BMMD Cross-Connection Control & Backflow Ordinance.pdf