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Back Flow Prevention Program

Further to previous communications and consultations, the city has provided this overview of proposed program requirements for the City of Ottawa’s Backflow Prevention Program. This program is scheduled to be presented to the City’s Environment and Climate Protection Committee on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and considered by the whole of Council on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

The elements of the Program that will be discussed at Committee and Council include:

  • Program requirements, including roles and responsibilities for property owners, backflow device testers and the City of Ottawa
  • Implementation plan, including how City staff will continue to keep you informed and be available to address your questions
  • Qualifications for site surveyors, backflow device installers and backflow device testers
  • Program delivery model

Consultations have been an integral part of the program’s on-going development, and after reviewing much feedback the following changes to the program proposal have been made:

  1. Extension of the proposed implementationtimeline from four to 10 years to allow property owners with sufficient time to budget for costs, complete necessary assessments and install devices;
  2. The City will describe and provide clarification on the qualifications that site surveyors, backflow device installers and backflow device testers will need to deliver the City’s program (in relation to standards and requirements established by CSA, Ontario Buildings Code, etc.) within the report content;
  3. Although not committing to maintain a list of qualified persons to conduct site surveys or install and test backflow devices, the city is committed to directing property owners looking for qualified persons to associations, like the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA), that maintain a list of certified testers.

These changes reflect the City of Ottawa’s on-going commitment to partnering with local businesses in order to invest in the long-term safety of our shared water resource and the wellbeing of all residents.

Following Committee and Council consideration of the proposed program, the City has agreed to reach out again to industry to discuss the implementation, but in the meantime, will continue to provide up-to-date information on their Backflow Prevention Program webpage on the City of Ottawa’s website. If you have any questions, they should be directed to backflow@ottawa.ca