What is a backflow prevention assembly?

It is a mechanical assembly attached to the drinking water meter to prevent any potentially contaminated water from entering the main water line or your neighbor’s line.

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1. What is a backflow prevention assembly?
2. How do I know if I have a backflow prevention assembly?
3. Can water flow backwards?
4. How can my water become contaminated?
5. What harm could backward-flowing water cause?
6. What backflow hazards exist at home?
7. Does a cross connection ever happen?
8. Are backflow prevention assemblies new?
9. On what type of service lines are backflow prevention assemblies installed?
10. Is there only one backflow prevention assembly at each property?
11. Will I be charged for each backflow assembly at my property?
12. Why has the Town of Belleair decided to charge for this testing and repair?