What is Backflow?

Backflow is the undesirable reversal of the flow of water from its intended direction in any pipeline or plumbing system.

Backflow is dangerous because it can allow drinking water in plumbing systems to become contaminated and unusable.

What is a Backflow Preventer?

Backflow preventers are mechanical plumbing devices installed in a plumbing system to prevent water from flowing backward in the system. A properly installed, tested and maintained backflow preventer at the service entrance to a building or property can reliably prevent the backflow of water of an unknown quality from flowing back into the community water system.

Device Installation

The Utilities Superintendent may order the installation of an approved backflow prevention assembly at the service connection at the owner's expense. Failure, refusal or inability to install said assembly shall constitute a justification for discontinuing water service to the premises until such assembly has been installed and approved.

Completing the Process

Once installed, an inspection must be made by the Water and Sewer Department. Contact the department at 330-633-0851 Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. to schedule the inspection at a convenient time.

Upon approval, the completed Backflow Form (PDF) must be faxed to the department at 330-633-5260, or returned to the Water and Sewer Department at:
210 Osceola Avenue
Tallmadge, Ohio 44278

Annual Testing

A test must be performed annually by a licensed backflow technician and the completed Backflow Form (PDF) returned to the Water and Sewer Department.