The Backflow Prevention Manufacturers Association, in conjunction with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Backflow Prevention Institute, has created a program called Backflow Assist to help individuals and entities that do not have the resources to install needed backflow assemblies.
The program installs backflow preventers. At this time the program is limited to testable assemblies 2 in. and smaller in size.
Both associations say they are committed to assisting the people in their communities who choose to help those in need. The first installation of a proper backflow device through the Backflow Assist program is to be installed at St. Phillips Lutheran Church and School in Milwaukee, according to IAPMO. A backflow protection device will be installed on the church’s boiler and mop sink. IAPMO will tag the plumbing to show what is safe and unsafe in the water lines. These improvements will bring the church up to plumbing code for the city of Milwaukee.
“The whole process was very easy,” said Barb Allard, spokeswoman for St. Phillips Church. “All I had to do was fill out a short application and everything was done via e-mail. This will benefit the church greatly; who knows what something like this would have cost? We are a small non-profit organization, so to be able to get this service done free of charge, with no hassle, was really a blessing.”
Additional information on the program is available via e-mail to [email protected].