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Georgia Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program Guidance Document
On June 16, 2021, the Drinking Water Program released a draft Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program guidance document for public input. Based on public comments received, the Drinking Water Program has finalized this guidance document with an effective date of September 1, 2021. The final document is now posted on EPD’s Drinking Water website, at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/drinking-water, under the Drinking Water Compliance section of the page. It is also linked below.
Georgia Backflow Prevention Program Guidance Document-Final Sept 1, 2021.pdf
Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) has been tasked by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to administer a certification program for Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers (BPAT) per State of Georgia regulations
titled RULES FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER Chapter 391-3-5.
for the Georgia regulations as of 3-27-2020
Another goal of this program is to serve all of the water purveyors required by EPD to have written Cross Connection Control programs addressing inspection and testing of backflow assemblies. All Water Purveyors with at least 10,000 connections are required to have a program, but smaller water purveyors may also be required depending on special circumstances. GAWP recommends all water purveyors have a cross connection control program to protect drinking water distribution systems.
It is the responsibility of Water Purveyors to maintain approved lists of backflow testers for their jurisdiction.
for a list of all certified Backflow testers in the state of Georgia. In effort to eliminate fraudulent testing, please click here (link coming soon)
to report alleged fraudulent testing in your jurisdiction. GAWP will be the organization to track and maintain alleged fraudulent testing events in Georgia. Water purveyors may request a copy of the latest list of alleged fraudulent testing events with an email request to email@example.com