What are my options if I do not want to have my backflow device tested every year?

The only option to be exempt from backflow testing requirements is to hire a contractor to "cut and cap" the physical water line extending to the irrigation system. This process disconnects the irrigation system and creates a physical break in the water pipe. Since there is no potential for the water to flow backwards into the public water supply, you would not be required to have the backflow device tested. The City must inspect the cut and cap once it is complete to make sure everything was done properly. There is no charge for this inspection. Upon inspection approval, the irrigation system is marked as inactive in the backflow compliance system.

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1. What is backflow?
2. What happens during a backflow event?
3. What is a cross connection?
4. What are common types of cross connections?
5. What is a backflow device?
6. Is a backflow device required on all residential irrigation systems?
7. Why do backflow devices need to be tested?
8. How often does a backflow device need to be tested?
9. Can anyone test a backflow device?
10. What happens after the backflow device has been tested?
11. What is the difference between a spring startup service and a backflow test?
12. What if my backflow device is due to be tested before I want to turn on my irrigation system for the season or have the spring startup service performed?
13. Can I have my backflow device tested at the same time that the spring startup service is performed?
14. Why did two people come out to perform my spring startup service and backflow test?
15. Am I still required to have the backflow device tested even if I do not use my irrigation system?
16. What are my options if I do not want to have my backflow device tested every year?
17. What are some considerations before having my irrigation system cut and capped?