Backflow Prevention Program
As required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Health, every drinking water system in Illinois must have a backflow prevention program. Backflow prevention is designed to protect the public water supply from contamination from non-drinkable sources.
The Village of Kenilworth has contracted with Backflow Solutions, Inc. (BSI) to manage the Village's backflow inspection program. BSI has experience managing similar programs for municipalities across the Chicagoland area. BSI will serve as the primary point of contact for backflow inspections within the Village and can be contacted at (800) 414-4990 or through their website at www.bsionlinetracking.com.
Water customers will receive a reminder directly from BSI Online that testing is due. The customer is free to choose any licensed backflow tester they want. Once the annual inspection is complete, the licensed tester will enter that information directly into BSI’s online reporting system. While BSI does not perform the backflow tests, they do have a comprehensive list of certified contractors that can be requested by contacting them.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the State of Illinois Administrative Codes that require annual backflow testing:
Illinois Administrative Code: Title 77, Chapter I, Subchapter r, Part 890, Section 890.1130 & Section 890.1140 cover the state backflow testing requirements.
What is Backflow?
When the system experiences a loss in water pressure, such as when a fire hydrant is opened or a water main breaks, a backflow can occur that causes water in the pipes to flow in the opposite direction. That's when a contaminant or pollutant could travel into drinking water.
How will I know when my device is due for testing?
Backflow Solutions, Inc. will send you a letter thirty days before your device is due for its annual test. This letter will include a unique Customer Confirmation number that your testing contractor will use to register your test results.
Does my backflow device still need to be tested if I no longer use my sprinkler system?
The State of Illinois requires that backflow devices are tested annually whether or not the system is still in use.
Does Backflow Solutions, Inc. perform backflow testing?
No, BSI is not permitted to do any testing. However, they do maintain a list of contractors in the area that can be obtained by contacting them at (800) 414-4990.
Do I send my test report to Backflow Solutions, Inc. from now on?
No, your backflow testing contractor will submit your test results for you.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact Village Hall at 847-251-1666.