When are backflow devices required to be tested?

All devices are required to be tested upon installation of the device. Health hazards devices must be tested annually. Low hazard irrigation systems (those with double check devices) should be tested every three years. Any time a device is worked on or repaired it must also be retested.
All backflow protection assemblies must be tested upon installation, repair or relocation.
The City of Red Oak has chosen to partner with SC Tracking Solutions to allow for the online submission of Backflow Prevention Assembly Test and Maintenance Reports. All testing information will be entered directly by the tester into the online password protected system provided by SC Tracking Solutions. Testers will no longer be able to submit paper test reports directly to the city.

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1. What is backflow?
2. What is a cross-connection?
3. What is the most common form of cross-connection?
4. Is Red Oak the only city in Texas enforcing backflow regulations?
5. What is a cross-connection control program or a backflow prevention program?
6. What is a backflow preventer and why are they needed?
7. What is a Customer Service Inspection (CSI)?
8. Who needs a backflow preventer?
9. Must my home or business have backflow prevention?
10. How would a backflow issue occur with a lawn irrigation system?
11. How would a backflow issue occur in a commercial building?
12. Why does a soft-drink dispensing machine require backflow protection?
13. Is my home or my business “grandfathered” in?
14. Why is the City responsible for enforcing the rules, since they are State of Texas (TCEQ) rules?
15. Who is responsible for the testing and maintenance of the backflow prevention assembly?
16. When are backflow devices required to be tested?
17. Why do backflow devices have to be retested?
18. Who do I call to have a test completed?
19. What will a test cost?
20. Who can I contact for more information on backflow prevention?