Nichole Hannahs

Protecting Your Water

by Nichole Hannahs on April 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

Those that work with water got a lesson on a device that keeps our water safe.

Backflow devices are installed in businesses and homes to protect the water system from becoming contaminated. Officials use the most common example of a water main break.

The break causes a reduction in pressure and causes water in a building to go back toward the main, so without a backflow any chemicals used by a company toward the main, so without a backflow any chemicals used by a company mixed with that water, also would be drawn into the main, contaminating the water supply.

"Worst case scenario is it could be a toxic substance, which would be a contaminate which could create a health sickness. Somebody could get really sick or lots of people could get really sick depending on what kind of water gets into the water supply," said Environmental Health Director Mike Kirsch.

It’s because of this that backflows are installed on all businesses in Zanesville and Muskingum County and at some point could be required on homes as well.

"It’s a role on the Ohio Plumbing Code you have to protect city water services and the backflow prevention is one way of doing it," Ronald Branson Lead Plumbing Inspector.

The backflow devices must be installed by a licensed plumber and inspected annually, that won’t be the case on homes that have a backflow installed. A typical business pays around $210 for the application fee for the device as well as the device itself.