Stakeholder Update, Spring 2017
Further to previous communications and consultations, this email serves to provide you with an overview of proposed program requirements for the City of Ottawa’s Backflow Prevention Program. This program is scheduled to be presented to the City’s Environment and Climate Protection Committee on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and considered by the whole of Council on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
The elements of the Program that will be discussed at Committee and Council include:
- Program requirements, including roles and responsibilities for property owners, backflow device testers and the City of Ottawa
- Implementation plan, including how City staff will continue to keep you informed and be available to address your questions
- Qualifications for site surveyors, backflow device installers and backflow device testers
- Program delivery model
Consultations have been an integral part of the program’s on-going development. We have reviewed your feedback and have made the following changes to the program proposal:
- We have extended the proposed implementation timeline from four to 10 years to allow property owners with sufficient time to budget for costs, complete necessary assessments and install devices.
- We will describe and provide clarification on the qualifications that site surveyors, backflow device installers and backflow device testers will need to deliver the City’s program (in relation to standards and requirements established by CSA, Ontario Buildings Code, etc.) within the report content.
- Although we will not maintain a list of qualified persons to conduct site surveys or install and test backflow devices, we are committed to directing property owners looking for qualified persons to associations, like the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA), that maintain a list of certified testers.
These changes reflect the City of Ottawa’s on-going commitment to partnering with local businesses in order to invest in the long-term safety of our shared water resource and the wellbeing of all residents.
Following Committee and Council consideration of the proposed program, we will be reaching out to you again.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide you with up-to-date information on our Backflow Prevention Program webpage on the City of Ottawa’s website. If you have any questions, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Manager, Public Works and Environmental Services Department