Below is the Coles’ Notes of what you need to know about the Region of Peel Backflow By-Law 10-2017 – A by-law respecting the prevention of Backflow into the Municipal Drinking Water System of the Regional Municipality of Peel.
For the full by-law as issued by the Region of Peel, click this link.
From a building owner or property manager perspective here are the most important things you need to know:
- Every owner hall, at the Owner’s expense, ensure that a cross-connection survey is undertaken by a Qualified Person (QPs), and that a cross-connection survey report is completed and submitted to the commissioner within 14 days of survey completion.
- Qualified Persons (QPs) are tradesmen with specific backflow prevention and cross-connection training. Only QPs can administer cross-connection surveys and backflow preventer tests.
- Where a Severe Hazard is identified, the Owner must ensure that subsequent cross-connection surveys are carried out every 3 years.
- Where a Moderate Hazard is identified, the Owner must ensure that subsequent cross-connection surveys are carried out every 5 years.
- Only QPs can select identify the type of cross-connection and the applicable type and model of backflow prevention device.
- Only QPs have the authority to install backflow prevention devices.
- Every Owner shall ensure that their backflow prevention device is maintained in good repair, always.
- Every Owner must ensure that backflow prevention devices are tested by QPs when it is first installed and annually thereafter, within 14 days of the anniversary date. Backflow Device test reports must be submitted to the Region with 14 days of completion.
- When testing demonstrates that a backflow device is malfunctioning or otherwise not working properly, the Owner shall ensure that the device is repaired or replaced immediately.
- Every person, other than a corporation who contravenes any provision of the By-law, is subject to fines up to $10,000 for a first offence: and up to $25,000 for any subsequent offence.
- Every corporation which contravenes any provision of this By-Law, is subject to fines up to $50,000 for a first offence; and up to $100,000 for any subsequent offence.