An Update on the Backflow Prevention Outreach Program

We spoke recently to the NYC DEP Cross-Connection Control Unit (CCCU) this month, and they gave us some very interesting information regarding the Backflow Prevention Outreach Program. All of our clients—managers, owners, board members, superintendents, resident managers and facilities manager alike—need to keep the following in mind:

Backflow 30-Day Notices are Still Being Sent Out.

Rather than targeting a specific neighborhood or section of town, the CCCU is relying on their inspectors to flag each building that needs a backflow preventer. So as inspectors go about their business and see issues, they start the process. The DEP still is guessing that over 200,000 buildings will need some sort of backflow preventer to safeguard the city’s water supply, and only a fraction of those have been finished as we write this in June 2013.

Be Prepared—Have Your Inspections Done Before the CCCU Flags You.

We encourage you to be pro-active and contact us to inspect your property and figure out if you need a backflow preventer, what type, and to give you a firm cost estimate. This is the smartest way to go, because waiting for the 30-day letter opens you up to violations if you do not get back to the CCCU with a progress report within those 30 days.  Once you get the 30-day letter, you need to show that you have secured the services of a Licensed Master Plumber, a Licensed Professional Engineer or a Registered Architect. We at Varsity have a complete turnkey system to help our clients, and just one phone call from you gets the process started.

Avoid Surprises—Hire the Right Team.

We have heard horror stories from managers who came to us from other contractors; their 30-day letters were never responded to and they were now facing violations. Or their engineer and plumber disagreed on what work had to get done and what it might cost. Our team of Licensed Engineers and Licensed Master Plumbers has seen thousands of properties since the DEP started the Backflow Prevention Outreach Program. We respond to your needs quickly and professionally, and tell you exactly what is needed to satisfy the CCCU and exactly how much it will cost.

Know The Cost and Plan Out the Job.

Backflow Preventers cost thousands of dollars. Do not get rushed into paying more then you have to just to satisfy a DEP violation. By calling Varsity at 877-VARSITY (877-827-7489), you will know exactly how much the job will cost you, and can plan those figures into your budget. Then, when you get your 30-day letter, and are on the DEP time clock, you will be ready to start the job and be prepared to pay for it.

Have Your Annual Testing Done by a Certified Backflow Tester.

Our technicians are trained and certified backflow testers. You must have your device tested annually, and that report must be filed properly with the DEP. Be sure you are in compliance, and do not leave yourself open to violations. The City and the DEP are very serious about this issue, and fines and violations add up quickly. Protect the City’s water supply and protect your property by performing annual testing as required.

Hundreds of co-op and condo buildings, managers and owners have chosen Varsity Plumbing to handle their backflow prevention needs because they know we care about their properties, and that we honor our founding principles, established by founder Bob Bellini, way back in 1962:

• Do a Good Job • Charge a Fair Price

• Stand Behind Your Work • Always Keep Your Word

Be pro-active about installing required Backflow Prevention Devices. Call 877-VARSITY about our complete Turnkey Compliance Service.

Be pro-active about installing required Backflow Prevention Devices.  Call 877-VARSITY about our complete Turnkey Compliance Service.

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Bobby Bellini, President of Varsity Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

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