Protect Your Backflow!

                 A backflow device may not be the prettiest thing in your yard, but backflow theft is on the rise and may be the very thing that gets picked from your yard.

Why do we need backflow devices?

Backflow Preventer: A device that allows water to go through it in one direction, but prevents it from going backwards in the opposite direction.

Mesa County has seen an increase in backflow thefts this past year. Thieves are after the copper and brass in the assemblies putting your backflow device at risk.

The City of Aurora reported 125 backflow thefts this year alone. Thefts occurred in Aurora Parks, commercial properties and homeowners associations. The backflow costs for the Aurora Parks Department this year is at $40,000. You can watch a channel 7 news report at the following link:

How can you protect your backflow device?

  • Paint your device with flat black or brown paint. The painted parts are worth less at scrap yards and are more difficult to resell.  Purchase a security cage that locks (as seen below).                                                                                                                                          backflow1                                                                           backflow2

For more information on backflow devices, contact your local water agency: City of Grand Junction – 244-1429, Ute Water Conservancy District 242-7491, Clifton Water 434-7328,  Palisade 464-1116×310


Flo wants to keep you informed!

By Linda Friesen

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