Town of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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As used in this Part 1, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AIR GAP SEPARATION
A physical break between a supply pipe and a receiving vessel. The air gap shall be at least double the diameter of the supply pipe, measured vertically above the top rim of the vessel, in no case less than one inch.
APPROVED CHECK VALVE
A check valve that seats readily and completely. It must be carefully machined to have free moving parts and assured watertightness. The face of the closure element and valve seat must be bronze composition, or other noncorrodible material which will seat tightly under all prevailing conditions of field use. Pins and bushings shall be of bronze or other noncorrodible, nonsticking material, machined for easy, dependable operation. The closure element, e.g., clapper, shall be internally weighted or otherwise internally equipped to promote rapid and positive closure in all sizes where this feature is obtainable.
A. 
The term "approved double check valve assembly" means an assembly of at least two independently acting check valves, including tightly closing shutoff valves on each side of the check valve assembly and suitable leak-detector drains plus connections available for testing the watertightness of each check valve.
B. 
This device must be approved as a complete assembly.
A. 
A device incorporating two or more check valves and an automatically operating differential relief valve located between the two checks, two shutoff valves, and equipped with necessary appurtenances for testing. The device shall operate to maintain the pressure in the zone between the two check valves, less than the pressure on the public water supply side of the device.
B. 
At cessation of normal flow, the pressure between check valves shall be less than the supply pressure. In case of leakage of either check valve, the differential relief valve shall operate to maintain this reduced pressure by discharging to the atmosphere. When the inlet pressure is two pounds per square inch or less, the relief valve shall open to the atmosphere, thereby providing an air gap in the device. To be approved, these devices must be readily accessible for maintenance and testing and installed in a location where no part of the valve will be submerged, the enclosure must be self-draining, so that the large amount of water which the relief valve may vent will be disposed of reliably without submergence of the relief valve.
C. 
This device must also be approved as a complete assembly.
APPROVED WATER SUPPLY
Any water supply approved by the State of New York Department of Health.
AUXILIARY SUPPLY
Any water supply on or available to the premises other than the approved public water supply.[1]
CERTIFIED BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE TESTER
A person who is examined annually by the Water Purveyor, and found competent for the testing of backflow prevention devices. He shall be provided with an appropriate identification card which must be renewed annually. Failure to perform his duties competently and conscientiously will result in prompt withdrawal of his certification.
COMMISSION
The Southern Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Water Commission created by an intermunicipal agreement among the Town of Ithaca and several other municipalities.
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CROSS-CONNECTIONS
Any unprotected connection between any part of a water system used or intended to supply water for drinking purposes and any source or system containing water or substance that is not or cannot be approved as equally safe, wholesome, and potable for human consumption.
VACUUM BREAKER, NONPRESSURE-TYPE
A vacuum breaker which is designed so as not to be subjected to static line pressure.
VACUUM BREAKER, PRESSURE-TYPE
A vacuum breaker designed to operate under conditions of static line pressure.
WATER SUPERVISOR
The consumer or person on the premises charged with the responsibility of complete knowledge and understanding of the water supply piping within the premises and for maintaining the consumer's water system free from cross-connections and other sanitary defects, as required by regulations and laws.
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Editor's Note: Original Art. II, Sec. 6, definition of BAROMETRIC LOOP, which would follow this definition alphabetically, was repealed 5-13-1991 by L.L. No. 8-1991.
[2]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).