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A Department of the Water Utility Division



"Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training"


LENGTH: 32 Hours


WHERE: 5006 High Meadows Drive, Building "D", Grovetown, GA 30813

WHEN: Monday, October 17th through Thursday, October 20th

COST: $665.00

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This (4-day) workshop will give individuals the fundamental knowledge of how backflow occurs and how backflow/cross connection hazards can be identified and corrected. This is a hands-on workshop where the students will learn to test a variety of devices in preparation for the Georgia Backflow Certification Exam.


  • Causes of Backflow Occurrences
  • Protective Backflow Prevention Measures
  • Proper Installation of Backflow Preventers
  • RPZ, DC, & PVB Testing Procedures
  • When and Where to Use Backflow Devices


To register for the "Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training" please register at https://gwwi.org/course-application/.


Please contact Sarah McAvoy 706-868-4241 or Scott Daniel 706-868-4242


"Backflow Certification Exam"


WHERE: 5006 High Meadows Drive, Building "D", Grovetown, GA 30813

WHEN: Friday, October 21st @ 8:00 A.M.

COST: $175.00

EXAM INFO: The exam will begin promptly at the scheduled time, and you will need a photo ID, two No. 2 pencils and an eraser, your social security number, and a calculator (optional). A map and/or directions to the test site are enclosed. This is not an open-book exam, and you should be prepared to take the written as well as the performance portion of the exam on this date. The performance portion will consist of three (3) procedures: the Reduced Pressure Principle Assembly; the Double Check Valve Assembly; and the Pressure Vacuum Breaker. The written portion of the exam will be given first which consists of 100 multiple- choice questions. There is a maximum of three (3) hours to complete this portion of the exam. The exam will be graded immediately, and if you pass, you will move on to the performance (hands-on) portion of the exam. The proctor will also be able to let you know if you passed the performance portion of the exam upon your completion. If you pass both portions, please allow 3-4 weeks to process your certificate and wallet card. These will be mailed to you by GAWP.

Each tester is responsible to bring their own test equipment for the examination. Required equipment includes a test kit, site tubes, bleed valve assemblies, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. While some of the test sites may have this equipment available for use during the exam, it is not the responsibility of the proctoring staff to provide these items.

If you fail the written portion of the exam, you may not take the performance portion at this time. If you pass the written portion but fail the performance portion, you may re-take the performance portion within thirty (30) days to complete the exam. You must follow the same procedure of registering for a scheduled exam, and pay the full exam fee.

Please be aware that the exam being given on the date indicated above is for the Georgia certification. If you need or wish to be certified by ABPA (American Backflow Prevention Association), ASSE (American Society of Sanitary Engineering), or UF/TREEO (University of Florida, Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations), please contact GAWP at (770) 618-8690.


To register for the "Backflow Certification Exam" please register at http://www.gawp.org/event/BFExam10212016ColumbiaCounty


Please contact Sarah McAvoy 706-868-4241 or Scott Daniel 706-868-4242



Columbia County Water Utility strives to protect its customers, water resources, and the environment. The Environmental Compliance Division is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Utility’s Cross-Connection Control Program and FOG Management Program.


This process includes but is not limited to:

  • Site and Architecture plan review and approval concerning backflow protection on fire service, commercial lawn irrigation, and domestic water 
  • Site and architecture plan review and approval concerning grease interceptors, lint interceptors, reclaim tanks, hair interceptors, oil/grit interceptors and oil/water separators   
  • Site inspections
  • Participating in the final inspection for the Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Completion
  • Inspect commercial businesses, industrial facilities, and restaurants for compliance
  • Overseeing compliance
  • Inspection of backflow prevention devices, grease interceptors, lint interceptors, reclaim tanks, hair interceptors, oil/grit interceptors and oil/water separators   
  • Maintenance of backflow and FOG compliance records for each inspection, new installation, Upfits, and retro-fits
  • Issuing Commercial Waste Hauler permits required within the State of Georgia
  • Assisting the Administrative Department 

This office ensures compliance with all requirements as set forth by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2006 International Plumbing Code, American Water Works Association (AWWA), and University of Southern California Foundation For Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (USC).  Environmental Compliance ensures these requirements by means of inspections and surveillance monitoring of all commercial, industrial and food preparation facilities.  


Cross-Connection Control Program




The Cross-Connection Control Program is designed to monitor and implement a backflow program which will help prevent our water supply from contamination, even unintentional contamination.  To prevent the risk of backflow and cross connections, we need public education and prevention.  Working with our customers, the Columbia County Water Utility will provide direction to the medium and high risk users on the installation of appropriate backflow prevention devices.  



Backflow Inspection

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FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) Management Program



The Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) Management Program is designed to reduce the number of sanitary sewer blockages and overflows by teaching people how to dispose of FOG appropriately.  Proper disposal of fats, oil, and grease is important because FOG in the sanitary sewer can build up and eventually block sewer lines, resulting in backups and overflows on streets, properties, and even in homes.  Sewer overflows are unsanitary and bad for the environment as well as costly to Columbia County and its customers.  In the end, the expensive cleanup and repairs associated with improper disposal of FOG can lead to increased sewer rates for customers. 



Fats, Oils  & Grease Inspection

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If you have any questions or need more information, please contact:

Scott Daniel, Environmental Compliance Coordinator


Office:     (706) 863-6928


Fax:        (706) 868-3473


 Mailing Address:

Columbia Co

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