Posted by Ryan Ward

According to the the American Backflow Prevention Association, a large number of backflow incidents may not be reported.  This can be due to several items.  The short duration of the incident could make it difficult to detect in the first place, but customers may also not know that they should report the issue or even know where to report the issue. In other situations, the customer may be nervous about liability concerns.

To read about all of the concerns in this space, feel free to review the American Backflow Prevention Association's page on backflow incidents.

In general, it is important to realize that while we may not hear about a high volume of backflow-related incidents, it is likely that many events are actually occurring that are not reported.  When major incidents do occur, they can be severe and pose considerable risk to municipalities who are responsible for protecting their citizens.