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Annual Inspection and Testing for Backflow Prevention Device and/or Fire Protection Device

Results due by 4:30 p.m. on June 25th

Ohio EPA regulations and local compliance laws require the annual inspection of all backflow prevention devices by a State-certified inspector. The purpose of annual testing is to ensure the device is working properly to prevent any contaminated surface water from backing into the sprinkler and entering the public water system. 

You must have an annual inspection and test of the device. Copies of the test results must be submitted to Avon Lake Regional Water by 4:30 p.m. on June 25th. Failure to comply will result in a $50.00 penalty. If by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on July 9th, Avon Lake Regional Water has still not received the results, then water service to the property will be temporarily suspended until compliance. Also, a standard turn-on fee will be applied when the system is in compliance to restore water service.

Failure to file the test report  within 10 days of activating the system may result in a fine and possible loss of water service.

Avon Lake Regional Water does not charge State-certified testers any fees. Click here to obtain a list of State-certified inspectors.

For more additional information and/or questions, please call  440-933-6226 or email

Download Backflow Test Report (Rev’21)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What notification will I receive about the inspection and testing requirement?

A: Avon Lake Regional Water will send notification to residents with a backflow prevention device beginning in April. Residents will continue to receive notification until results are received by Avon Lake Regional Water. The deadline for Avon Lake Regional Water to receive the results is 4:30 p.m. on June 25th.  Absence of notification does not void the inspection and testing requirement for a backflow prevention device. If there is a backflow prevention device on a property, annual inspection and testing requirements must be sent to Avon Lake Regional Water.

Q: What do I do with the results?

A: Your State-certified inspector should send a copy of the results to Avon Lake Regional Water by 4:30 p.m. on June 25th. Please keep a copy of the results in your records in case Avon Lake Regional Water fails to receive it from your State-certified inspector. Test results may be sent to