Absolutely not. General Statue, NC Plumbing Code, and City of Durham Code of Ordinance do not allow this type of connection. See Non-Compliant Hose Bibb Irrigation Systems (PDF) for more information.
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In an effort to help protect the quality of water in the City’s distribution system non-compliant non-essential water (Irrigation) meters that have already been locked will remain locked until all essential water backflow preventer assemblies, such as domestic and fire assemblies, are completely in compliance with annual testing.
Intentional disregard of previous notices and deadlines established by the ordinance which lead to the water being terminated at your location is deemed as a willful violation. If your DOMESTIC water has been turned off following a water termination letter for non-compliance, a willful violation penalty of $500 is also required to be paid prior to water service being restore at your location. The procedures for discontinuance and service restoration as well as liability indemnity are provided in Section 70-592 of the CCC Ordinance.
To become a certified backflow tester in Durham you first need to be employed by a properly licensed contractor (with proof of employment) or be a property licensed contractor yourself. A Fire, Utility, or Plumbing Contractors license is required. Next, visit our website and print the course packet. When ready, fill out , sign, and return the class application and testers check list.
In accordance with the NC General Statues § 87-21, subsection (c) and 21 NCAC 50.0506 anyone who interrupts the water supply is required be properly licensed. When testing a backflow preventer one or both shut-off valves on the backflow preventer is required to be turned off during testing, therefore interrupting the water supply. North Carolina has a statewide licensing program for Plumbing, Utility, and Fire Protection Contractors. Part of the State licensing General Statue requirements is that these individuals are properly trained and certified to preform trouble shooting beyond the routine annual testing. By law, installation and repairs of backflow preventers can only be performed by a properly licensed person, carrying this requirement over to include testing allows the City of Durham to ensure quality work is carried over to each customer.
Please visit our CCC Online One Time Payment website at https://ipn2.paymentus.com/rotp/dhcc. Select the payment you would like to make and then enter either your permit number or student name. Once payment has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email and a copy will be sent to [email protected]. Your payment will be applied appropriately.
There are three different classes an enclosure can be placed in, depending upon the amount of protection it provides. If the enclosure is in a climate where winters are long and temperatures are cold, the ASSE 1060 Class 1 will provide the freeze protection needed.
If your meter has been locked by Cross Connection Control for non-compliance, such as past due backflow testing, please follow these steps to get the meter unlocked.