Inspections on Residential In-Ground Irrigation Systems Begin Aug. 16

Inspections on Residential In-Ground Irrigation Systems Begin Aug. 16

Inspections on Residential In-Ground Irrigation Systems Begin Aug. 16
Posted on 07/19/2021
If you have an underground irrigation system to water your lawn, please listen up. A state law impacts you.
 
Under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) institutes rules to protect drinking water and to prevent cross connections that may contaminate public drinking water systems. A cross connection is an arrangement of piping that could allow undesirable ingredients (like sewage and chemicals) to enter your drinking water supply as a result of backflow. The state requires all communities to implement a program for removal of all existing cross connections to prevent all future cross connections. Northville Township’s Residential Cross Connection Control program begins Aug. 16. 
 
Residents with underground irrigation systems need to have their backflow devices inspected. Northville Township has contracted with HydroCorp, Inc. to perform and manage the inspections throughout our community. 
 
Because more than 7,000 Township homes have underground systems and only a few companies like HydroCorp complete this specialized work, the Township has a three-year rotational schedule for inspection. HydroCorp will soon identify the final boundaries and schedules for the initial round. If your property is scheduled for inspection, you will be notified by mail. 
 
All inspections will be done outside of your home and at no time should any Hydrocorp employee ask to gain entrance. HydroCorp employees will have marked vehicles and be wearing safety orange vests with marked uniforms. All calls can be directed to Hydrocorp at (844) 493-7641 or email: info@hydrocorpinc.com.

After the inspection, the homeowner may be asked to take further action by hiring a certified tester to test and correct the irrigation backflow device. Visit https://watercustomer.com/ to find a state-certified tester.
 
Because a lawn irrigation system is not a required component of the water system, homeowners who choose to install a lawn irrigation system are responsible for any needed repairs to assure the backflow preventer is properly installed and maintained in accordance with the state law. Only a licensed plumber may make the repairs.
 
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