BACKFLOW TO THE FUTURE: City proposes prevention program

(press release)

The City of Ottawa is holding public consultations about the proposed Backflow Prevention Program, which will require businesses, institutions and multi-residential buildings to install and maintain backflow prevention devices.

These devices will help prevent backflow incidents that can occur when low water pressure causes contaminants to flow from buildings into the drinking water system. Backflow is a potential source of drinking water contamination and poses a risk to public health.

Consultations will take place on:

  • Wednesday, March 2 from 8 to 10 a.m., Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall, 1265 Walkley Road
  • Tuesday, March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Kiwanis Hall, 300 Pères-Blancs Avenue
  • Thursday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., Ben Franklin Place, Chamber Hall, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Anyone interested in attending a consultation is asked to RSVP to

An online survey will be available on from March 2 to 31. Information gathered during the consultations and from the survey will assist City staff in developing a report to Council. Implementation of the program is planned for January 1, 2017.

Receive more information about Backflow Prevention Program at or by email


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