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City Asks Homeowners To Test Backflow Devices

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The City of Twin Falls is asking homeowners to have their backflow devices tested.

The city along with the DEQ will require homeowners to have their lawn sprinkler backflow devices tested, all this in the effort to protect public drinking water.

The backflow device protects the system from back siphonage or back pressure.

Pesticides and fertilizers sprayed onto yards are hazards, even a swimming pool with a hose left unattended.

"A swimming pool with a hose left in it, sitting out in the sun, gets algae, if that hose is still in the swimming pool, we shut the water main down, it can actually back siphon, it's the siphon tube effect, it will suck that water back into that system and people can get ill from that stuff," adds Robert Bohling, City of Twin Falls Water Superintendent.

The city has a list of technicians that are licensed and approved by the state to test backflow devices. Please call 735-7259 for more information.


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