What harm could backward-flowing water cause?

Plenty. When water is delivered to your property, it is exposed to many different types of fixtures, including sprinklers, washing machines, hose-bibs, kitchen faucets, tubs, showers, and toilets. For industrial users, the system may be attached to boilers, photo processing equipment, chemical mixing tanks, chillers, water towers, pressure pumps, healthcare, laboratory equipment, etc. Connections between the potable water system and potential sources of pollution, or contamination, are called "cross connections." When backflow occurs through a cross connection, there is a chance that contaminants can be drawn into the public water system.

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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?