Did you get an ‘order to install’ based upon the new Backflow Preventer NYC Law? Backflow preventers are essential to maintaining the integrity of New York City’s public drinking water supply. These devices stop water from all kinds of businesses, apartment buildings, and other structures from backing up in water service pipes and contaminating the city’s drinking water. With the passage of the new Backflow Preventer NYC Law, they can now be mandatory. Find out more about the new Backflow Preventer NYC Law and how Kew Forest Plumbing can help.
Inspectors are always active across the city in searching for buildings where a backflow preventer NYC is needed. When an inspection notes the need for a backflow preventer on the premises, an order to install such plumbing is typically issued by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Such an order typically gives the recipient 30 days to complete the installation.
What Happens if the Backflow Preventer NYC Law Order is Ignored?
If the recipient of the notice does not install the required backflow preventer within the stated time period, the DEP can forward a notice of violation to the Environmental Control Board. The board has the authority to issue a civil penalty of up to $1,000 in response.
When a business continues to resist the order to install a backflow preventer, the DEP has the authority to issue a Cease and Desist Order. The water supply to the facility could be cut off leaving the business without water. Of course, the loss of a water supply would effectively make it impossible for most businesses to function.
How Does One Comply With a Backflow Preventer NYC Law DEP Order?
Prompt compliance is by far the better route for a business to take. A registered architect or a licensed professional engineer is needed to file a plan for a backflow preventer installation with the DEP. As soon as the plan is approved, the NYC-approved Master Plumber can complete the installation to comply with the order and to bring the facility into compliance.
At Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating, we are up-to-date in our knowledge of backflow preventers and their importance to New York City’s drinking water. Let us put our extensive experience with backflow preventers to work for you. Please contact Kew Forest Plumbing with your questions, and we’ll gladly answer your questions and assist you in a friendly and professional manner.