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Backflow Prevention and Sprinkling System Testing

Inground sprinkling systems must be inspected and tested by May 25

Ohio EPA regulations and local compliance laws require the annual inspection of all backflow prevention devices and replacements by a certified inspector. Testing the backflow prevention device will keep contaminated surface water from backing into the sprinkler and entering the public water system. Avon Lake Regional Water does not charge backflow contractors any fees.

You must have the backflow prevention device inspected and tested before you can operate the system. Copies of the test results must be on file at the Avon Lake Regional Water by the May 25 deadline. Failure to comply can result in your water being shut off and a standard turn-on fee applied.

If you have not had your in-ground sprinkling system inspected and tested in the past, the amnesty period for filing a report is April 1 to May 1. Failure to file the test report  within 10 days of activating the system may result in a fine and possible loss of water service.

Please contact us for a list of certified backflow inspectors. We can either email you the list or you can pick one up at the office from 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m. during business hours. You  can download a copy of the backflow test report at our web site or pick one up at the Avon Lake Regional Water, 201 Miller Road. For additional information, call  440-933-6226 or email


Download Backflow Test Report (Rev’16)