NEWS RELEASE

 

March 1, 2011

For Additional Information:

Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 888-4433

 

NEW BACKFLOW TESTING REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

TO TAKE EFFECT ON MARCH 1, 2011

 

Meridian, ID – (March 1, 2011) – After many months of careful consideration, the Meridian City Council took action to keep utility rates low and discontinued the City’s Backflow Testing Reimbursement Program.  In its place, the Meridian City Council instituted a new process that is equitable for all ratepayers.

 

“While this may be a change in the way business is conducted, it does not alter our continued commitment to protect and ensure safe drinking water is provided to our community by ensuring all backflow prevention devices are tested annually,” said Meridian Water Superintendent Dennis Teller. This is a standard process that other water purveyors in the Treasure Valley are currently utilizing to have backflow assemblies tested.”

 

Under the revised program, the annual testing of backflow prevention devices which is required by state law, will now be paid by the individual customer or “user” who receives the service rather than by all ratepayers.

 

This change, effective March 1, 2011, does not effect all of Meridian’s more than 27,000 customers; to date about 30%, or 8,200 known customers have these backflow prevention assemblies requiring testing.

 

Residents will be mailed a Test Due Notice Thirty (30) days prior to there annual test due date. They will then need to arrange for a certified backflow tester to test their backflow device prior to the Test Due Date, and pay them directly for the service. 

 

To assist with this transition, the City of Meridian will provide a $10 credit on customer utility bills that have their backflow prevention devices tested by a certified tester on or prior to their Test Due date in 2011. 

 

Idaho law requires all backflow prevention devices to be tested annually.  If a homeowner has general questions about backflow prevention or would like to view a list of certified backflow testers, information is available at www.meridiancity.org/backflow.

 

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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit www.meridiancity.org.