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ECUA BOARD TO REQUEST VARIANCE FROM BACKFLOW PREVENTION REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENCES WITH UNCONNECTED PRIVATE WELLS
03/18/2015

PENSACOLA, FL-- The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) Board voted Wednesday on a motion related to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Cross Connections Control Rule for Public Water Systems 62-555.360.  Among other things, this rule requires residences that have an auxiliary water supply (private well), to have an approved backflow prevention assembly (BPA) installed on their home’s supply lines, regardless of whether it is connected to the residential plumbing.

The motion was made by Ms. Vicki Campbell (ECUA District 1), seconded by Mr. Elvin McCorvey (ECUA District 3), as amended by Mr. Dale Perkins (ECUA District 4), passed 5-0, as follows:

(1) Request that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reconsider its position that irrigation wells, which are not connected to residential plumbing systems, are nevertheless required to have backflow protection, and request that DEP issue a variance for such situations provided the customer provides at customer’s expense certification of no cross-connection;

(2) Allow ECUA customers to use dual-check backflow preventers where allowed by DEP rule, but recommend double-check backflow assemblies;

(3) Allow any residential customer regardless of connection type wanting to put on a backflow preventer without the ability to pay for the installation of that backflow preventer to have it put on at the ECUA’s expense and allow them to pay ECUA back in monthly installments over a period of time, up to three years under an existing ECUA financial program; and

(4) Allow customers to submit a notarized letter, affidavit, or other legal document to show entitlement to the requested variance instead of subsequent inspections.

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