What is a backflow preventer?

A backflow preventer is a means or mechanism to prevent backflow. The basic means of preventing backflow is an air gap, which either eliminates a cross-connection or provides a barrier to backflow. The basic mechanism for preventing backflow is a mechanical backflow preventer, which provides a physical barrier to backflow. The principal types of mechanical backflow preventer are the reduced-pressure principle assembly, the pressure vacuum breaker assembly, and the double check valve assembly. A secondary type of mechanical backflow preventer is the residential dual check valve.

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3. Where does Pasco County Utilities get its water from?
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16. How do I apply for Reclaimed Water Service?
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18. What is a backflow?
19. Why do water suppliers need to control cross-connections and protect their public water systems against backflow?
20. What is a backflow preventer?
21. What is an air gap?
22. What is a reduced principle assembly (RP)?
23. What is a pressure vacuum breaker assembly (PVB)?
24. What is a double check valve assembly (DC)?
25. What is a residential dual check valve (RDC)?
26. Why do backflow preventers have to be tested periodically?
27. What is a cross connection?
28. Where can I get more information about cross-connection control?