Thinking About Not Installing a Backflow Preventer NYC, Think Again

Backflow prevention devices are a vital part of New York City’s water system. The backflow preventer NYC is crucial when it comes to keeping contaminated water and chemicals from penetrating the public drinking water supply system. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is concerned about the safety of the drinking water. They have now passed a mandate under New York State’s Sanitary Code requiring that almost all businesses, co-ops, and condos in the city install a backflow preventer NYC. However, installation requires the services of a licensed plumber, Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) and the costs can be high. Some businesses may be wondering if they should take their chances getting caught without the device.

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Here is a breakdown of the estimated costs for each building:

  • Small, one story buildings should expect to pay $3,000-$5,000.
  • Small, two story building installation should cost between $3,750 and $5,500.
  • Small or midsize buildings such as car washes and laundry mats will see prices between $5,000 and $7,000.
  • Office complexes and department stores report costs between $7,500 and $13,000.
  • Large high rises and hospitals rank at the top with costs anywhere from $14,000 to $34,000.

Faced with these costs, it can be tempting to go with a wait and see approach. However, it is much more beneficial to be proactive in installing backflow preventers. If caught without an approved device in place, you may be fined up to $2,000. You are probably thinking that is less than the cost of installing the device. True, but if you ignore the fines and refuse to install a backup preventer, the city will shut off your water. It is pretty hard to run a business or keep tenants happy without water, and the city is ever vigilant in inspecting businesses for compliance.

The installation of a backflow preventer NYC is in the best interest of all New York City residences both residential and commercial. Besides the threat of losing your water supply, the device is meant to protect the city’s drinking water. Chemicals and contaminated water are unsafe for everyone. If you are without a backflow preventer or are unsure if you are required to have one, contact Kew Forest Plumbing today. Our friendly and helpful staff will answer all your questions and assist you with your backflow preventer NYC plumbing needs.