Why do I need to install a Backflow Assembly?

Backflow assemblies are required to protect the potable water system. The District is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act, State Department of Public Health and Uniform Plumbing code to be install backflow assemblies where there is a potential cross-connection hazard.

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1. Why do I need to install a Backflow Assembly?
2. Why do Backflow Assemblies have to be tested on an annual basis?
3. What is a Backflow Assembly?
4. Who is responsible for the test and any fees associated with the test?
5. Where do I install the Backflow Assembly?
6. Do I need to have the installation of the Backflow Assembly inspected by the Compliance Department at Padre Dam?
7. Will I be notified prior to my required Backflow Assembly annual test date?
8. Where in Padre Dams Rules and Regulations can I find more information?
9. What are the most common cross-connections found?
10. What Testing Company should I pick? Is one better than the other?
11. Can I get an extension on my test?
12. Where can I find more information about cross-connection control and backflow assemblies?
13. Where will my annual testing notification be mailed?