Annual testing of your backflow prevention devices is required by law under the QLD Plumbing and Drainage Act (see page 45)
Whether you have recently received your annual backflow prevention reminder from the Gold Coast Council, or you simply wish to keep your scheduled plumbing maintenance on track, our team of experts at DCM Plumbing and Drainage can assist you
Do I need to have my Backflow Prevention Device tested annually?
Yes you do! It’s a requirement of Gold Coast City Council that these devices are tested annually by a licensed plumber.
Why do I need to have my Backflow Prevention Device tested?
Backflow prevention devices prevent polluted water entering the drinking water supply. Testing these devices annually ensures your drinking water remains free of pollutants that could potentially poison anyone drinking the contaminated water.
Can anyone test a Backflow Device?
No! Only a Queensland licensed plumber with a backflow endorsement can test the device. The owner of the property is responsible for having the backflow device tested annually. If the test fails, the plumber must repair or replace the device immediately. It is a criminal offence to tamper with, or remove, a backflow prevention device without approval.
How does Council know I’ve had my Backflow Device tested?
The licensed plumber who carries out the test must submit the testing report within 10 business days after inspecting or testing the device. The plumber will also update the registration details if a new device is installed or replaced.