Why do backflow preventers have to be tested periodically?

Mechanical backflow preventers have internal seals, springs, and moving parts that are subject to fouling, wear, or fatigue. Also, mechanical backflow preventers and air gaps can be bypassed. Therefore, all backflow preventers have to be tested periodically to ensure that they are functioning properly. A visual check of air gaps is sufficient, but mechanical backflow preventers have to be tested with properly calibrated gauge equipment.

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3. Where does Pasco County Utilities get its water from?
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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)?
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26. Why do backflow preventers have to be tested periodically?
27. What is a cross connection?
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