VENICE, Fla. -- Changes of the rules for cross-connection control by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will equal cost savings to residents of the City of Venice.
The changes reflect a desire by the state agency to reduce the burden of installation and testing of backflow prevention assemblies for residential water customers. Changes to the city’s cross- connection control program include:
• Elimination of the requirement of a high cost backflow preventer (the reduced pressure principal) for residential customers except in hazardous conditions to protect the drinking water.
• Elimination of most above ground installations for residential customers.
• Reduction of annual backflow testing for residential customers to once every two years for testable assemblies.
• Establishment of approval for non-testable dual check valves for residential services.
• Replacement or refurbishment of residential dual check valves every 10 years.