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Connecticut Sprinkler System Backflow Testing Requirements

Backflow Testing Requirements
Every irrigation system includes a “cross connection.” That’s the juncture between your sprinkler system and your potable water supply. The term cross connection also applies to a connection with any appliance, swimming pool, or even a simple device such as a garden hose.

Cross connections can become a problem when there’s a water pressure issue. A sudden change in pressure due to an unexpected event can force contaminated water from your sprinkler system to back up into your potable water source. Unresolved backflow issues allow undiscovered sources of contamination to continue unabated.

Connecticut Public Health Codes §19-13-B38a cite the specifications and testing requirements for permissible cross-connections to public water supply systems. To protect residents from backflow contamination issues, Connecticut Department of Public Health implemented a cross-connection device testing requirement. Municipal water departments must test all backflow systems annually and submit a compliance report. The DPH recommends similar precautionary actions for well water users, but it’s not mandatory.

At Fournier Irrigation, we take precautions to maintain the integrity of your potable water system. We avoid sprinkler system backflow problems by using a preventative approach. Our P-1 licensed plumber establishes the connection between your sprinkler system and your water system. We include backflow protection devices in every system we design and install.

Our staff includes 7 Certified Backflow Testers. Each of our testers has met state training and certification requirements. This allows us to perform sprinkler system backflow testing when we conduct your annual Sprinkler System Spring Start.

Backflow Prevention Device Tester Certification

At Fournier Irrigation, we work hard to give you the comprehensive service you deserve. We believe it’s important to include sprinkler system backflow testing in the list of services we provide. We gain certification through the New England Water Works Association’s backflow tester certification program.

Backflow testers must be Connecticut-certified.

Our technicians attend four days of instructions.

We finish the required course and pass a test.

Each certified technician must complete a Connecticut-mandated minimum number of tests every three years.

Each of our Backflow Test Kits must be calibrated yearly.

Why We’re an Industry Leader

We offer a backflow testing process.


At Fournier Irrigation, we’re committed to designing, installing and managing quality irrigation systems. We want you to have a beautiful lawn so our commitment to customer service continues long after your installation.

Our team is always available when you need service or maintenance. You can connect with us if you have a question. We offer a backflow testing process that’s convenient so you don’t have to rely on strangers.