Back on April 1, 2017, the Region of Peel introduced a new back flow bylaw. The new bylaw described which types of buildings are required to test their backflow systems, what the testing requirements are, how long building owners have to address any issues identified during the testing, and what penalties will be levied for untested or non-compliant systems. If you’d like to skip over the legalese, read on to find out what you need to know about Peel’s new backflow bylaw requirements!
What is Backflow?
If you’re not sure what back flow is in the first place, or if you don’t know the difference between a backwater valve and a backflow prevention valve, you should read our earlier blog post that fully explains what backflow is and why it’s important.
Don’t have time right now? In a nutshell, a backflow preventer is a device installed on a clean water supply line that prevents dirty water from a building from entering the city’s clean water supply. This can be a dangerous and there have been numerous cases of a city’s water supply becoming contaminated and making residents ill. In severe cases, people have died from bacterial infections caused by drinking contaminated city water.
The Highlights of the New Peel Backflow ByLaw Requirements
If you want to read the new bylaw in all its 15-page glory, click on this link.
If you don’t have time to read through all that, trust the backflow prevention experts at Dacord Plumbing to tell you what you need to know!
Here are the key highlights from the new Peel backflow bylaw requirements:
- Every building owner shall, at their own expense, have a qualified person perform a backflow survey to determine which backflow device will need to be installed, with the report being submitted to the region within 14 days of the survey being performed.
- In the case of moderate or mild hazard, this survey is to be repeated every 5 years.
- In the case of a severe hazard, this survey is to be repeated every 3 years.
- A qualified person is either a plumbing apprentice or journeyman plumber that are certified to test backflows. Most plumbers don’t have this certification, so please ensure that you confirm licensing before getting your backflow testing performed.
- Every building owner shall, at their own expense, then have the appropriate backflow preventer installed and tested with the test report submitted to the Region of Peel. This test is to be performed annually within 14 days of its anniversary of install date.
- In the event that an owner is found to be in non-compliance and testing, installs or repairs are required, the Region of Peel will have the necessary work carried out and the amount owing plus a 15% interest charge will be added to the building owner’s tax roll. Further, the owner’s water supply can be shut off until the repairs are completed.
- An enforcement officer may, at any reasonable hour, gain entry to carry out an inspection to enforce the bylaw.
- Any person other than a corporation who contravenes any provision of this bylaw can receive a fine of up to $10,000.00 for every day the offence is in place for a first offence, and up to $25,000.00 for every day for subsequent offenses.
- A corporation can expect fines of up to $50,000.00 for every day the offense is in place for a first offence and up to $100,000.00 per day for subsequent offenses.
- Proposed timing for having your survey completed and submitted to Region of Peel is April 1, 2018.
- Proposed timing for having your backflow device installed and first test report submitted to the Region of Peel is April 1, 2019.
Dacord Plumbing is fully certified to perform backflow testing as per the new Region of Peel backflow bylaw requirements, so if you’re looking for a company to test your buildings or if you need help making a plan to stay compliant then give us a call and talk to one of our backflow prevention specialists!