To be able to protect the potable water from possible contamination while it flows through the distribution system, and to keep in compliance with State and Federal requirements, every Commercial, Industrial, Multi-family, Irrigation and Fire Only Utility Customers is required to have backflow protection.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to comply with backflow protection requirements.

Businesses and multi-family utility customers are required to install a domestic backflow prevention assembly  after the water meter and prior any interior plumbing branch-off. Irrigation backflow devices are also required on the irrigation sprinkler systems and fire backflow devices are required on fire sprinkler systems.
All backflow devices must be tested upon installation and annually thereafter by a certified backflow tester. The tester is responsible for reporting to the City of Brighton Utilities Department. The City's deadline for testing domestic, fire and irrigation assemblies is June 15th of each year to coincide with the start of irrigation season. 

Thank you for helping us to ensure that the assemblies are operating properly. 

Containment Vs. Isolation

Backflow prevention assemblies MUST be installed externally (containment), to protect the City's water from cross connection with the customer.

Internal protection (isolation) is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by Utilities Department and may be required by Building Codes, to protect customers from potentially hazardous cross connections in their own system. 

Omission to Regulations

Due to the potential threat to public health and safety, violations involving Cross Connection are subject to citation and fine. Any person violating the City's Cross Connection Control Ordinance (Chapter 15, Article 36 of the Municipal Code) is subject to enforcement: fines ($300.00) and/or imprisonment.

Backflow Inspection Process

1) New & Existing Businesses are required to complete the “Utility Survey”

2) Utility Survey Evaluation & Notification by Utilities Department. The City will determine the type of backflow prevention device needed according to the business degree of hazard. After being notified, you are responsible for the installation of any air gap, pressure vacuum breaker, double check valve and/or reduce pressure zone valve required.

3) Annual Testing & Repair Requirement. It is the owner’s responsibility to pay for annual testing and/or repairs of the backflow devices. Testing must be performed by a Certified Backflow Tester. All documentation should be filed and kept available for review by the City Inspector for at least 3 years.

4) City Inspections. Inspections will be performed for possible cross connections and documentation will be reviewed to verify compliance. The frequency of city inspections will be determined according to the degree of hazard presented by the business.

If you need specific information please call 303.655.2121. We will be glad to assist you.