Monday, August 12, 2013
The frustrating part of all this is the device currently in use was approved by an Idaho State Plumbing inspector and done under permit back in the day. Thirty four years down the road we find we are no longer in compliance with code and have to install a new device. The cost of this will run about $350-$400 and will have to be inspected annually. So far it is friendly coercion from the people at the water department. We checked with what is going on in Boise and United Water has assumed the role of neighborhood bad-asses with respect to compliance with this new and improved approach to full employment for installers of these devices. United water (Suez) will shut your water off for non-compliance. They are the ones that bring us "Eddy Trout" via the annoying PSA's we all have to suffer through on TV.
Lately, United Water has been blasting the air ways with the back flow check program well under way in Boise.
The only way to escape it is to move out to the country and see if you can tolerate a rural well and a septic tank. We think Caldwell water is some of the best we have ever tasted and will do our part in this effort as soon as our sprinkler guy can get it done.
The device in the photo for this post may or may not be the one you need to install. So don't go out and buy one of these expensive gadgets without knowing what will be accepted by the mavens of this program.
Finally, as much as I hate the intrusion of government upon the sovereign soil of my personal residence we have to respect the notion the water we drink (and take for granted) needs to be adequately protected from harm.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 9:01 PM