South Jordan Utah Water Department

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After a very long day of Real Estate I come to find this door hanger on my front door? As thought about this I became more and more concerned in fact I felt violated. South Jordan City has one of the highest property tax rates in the County of Salt Lake City Utah. There are watermeters in the parking strip if a BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE IS NEEDED ON AN EXISTING HOME THEN I THINK THE CITY SHOULD PAY FOR IT. PLACE IT IN THE PARKING STRIP WHERE AN EASMENT IS ALLOWED. My friend and neighbor sent me this.  What do you think?

Mr. Garrison,


I am a resident at In Canterwood Estates in South Jordan Utah.  I received a notice of backflow inspection today.  I am deeply concerned about this so called inspection.

First let me affirm to you that the City of South Jordan and their agents do NOT have permission to enter my property without my express permission (NOT

given) or a search warrant establishing Probable Cause (Camara v. Municipal Court - 387 U.S. 523 (1967)).  The notice did not indicate if this inspection is voluntary. My first question, which your answer may negate the remaining text of my e-mail, is is this inspection voluntary?


I have owned my home for the past 11 years.  This is the first time the City has requested access to my property in that time.  Not a bad average I will give you.  Still, I do not authorize access without more information on the backflow inspection.  I do not have cross connects, my hoses have built in backflow preventers, and my sprinklers are not used as the main valve has been turned off for years.  Therefore, if there is backflow issue, it is at the City level.


The tag left at the door contained minimal information.  It does not say what the inspection will involve, how it will be performed, what constitutes a failure, and what the ramifications are for such a failure.  Without providing that information, I do not feel comfortable allowing the City of South Jordan or its agents onto my property.  Please clarify what will occur and the repercussions.


I respect the idea of the backflow prevention program. I have read the horror stories of families drinking contaminated water.  I do understand the flow rates of water and pressure so I empathize with your intentions.

However, the program needs to be explained in greater depth to us Citizens who fully understand our Constitutional Rights against Government intrusion.


Thank you for your time and I look forward to your answer.   You will also

notice that I have CCed my elected Officials to this e-mail.




After Reviewing the City Web site I found these details: In my case I only use secondary water for watering my yard. However if I am to understand this. South Jordan City wants me to dig up my stop and waste and remove it entirely. I do not have that much faith in our secondary water system to do that. 

 City Requirements for Sprinkler Systems

The only approved backflow assembly for irrigation/sprinkler systems is the Reduced Pressure Zone Assembly (RP, RPZ). RPs require annual testing by a state certified backflow technician. In addition to the RPs vacuum breakers are recommended for all hose outlets. These can be purchased at most sprinkler supply or hardware stores.

Secondary Water Connection Only

Description: Connection exists between the secondary water system only. The culinary water stop-and-waste valve must be completely removed and inspected by a City inspector.

Backflow Prevention Requirements: No backflow preventer is required after an inspection verifying the discontinuation of culinary water is conducted by the City. In addition, vacuum breaker devices must be installed on all hose outlets.

Culinary Water Connection Only

Description: Connection exists between the culinary water system only.

Backflow Prevention Requirements: Reduced Pressure Zone Assembly (RP, RPZ) is required. In addition, vacuum breaker devices must be installed on all hose outlets.

Culinary or Secondary Connection

Description: Connection can exist between the culinary or secondary water system. The system is setup to receive water from both sources depending on secondary water availability and can at no time be connected to both.

Backflow Prevention Requirements: A Reduced Pressure Zone Assembly and swing joint connection are required. No exceptions! In addition, vacuum breaker devices must be installed on all hose outlets.


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