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Backflow Tests


What is a backflow device and why is it necessary to have it checked each year?  An approved backflow device is a plumbing fixture, such as a double check valve, that prevents foreign liquids or substances, such as water from a hot tub or lawn fertilizer, from draining or siphoning back into our water system.  Without these precautions our water system could become contaminated with unwelcomed chemicals or bacteria that would make our water taste bad or be unsafe to drink.

So if you have one of the following:

  • a swimming pool

  • a hot tub

  • a lawn and garden irrigation system

  • a fire sprinkler system

then the State of Oregon requires that you have an approved device and it is tested every year.

The District has contracted Olson, LLC to perform the yearly tests on devices smaller than 2" at the reduced rate of $15.00 per test.  You will be given the option every year to hire your own tester if you prefer.  A letter will be sent to you in the spring notifying you of that option.  Please send in the provided form if you wish to opt out, otherwise do nothing and the District will have it tested for you.  

If you have questions, please contact our office at 475-3849 or e-mail us at


GIS ... What It Is and What It Will Do

GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. It is a computer system that will allow the linking of land maps, building plans, and engineering drawings with “attribute” data to form a uniform geographic data base. Authorized users of the system will have the most up-to-date and consistent information available.

As each operative provides data to the system they are in effect adding a layer of information to a universal map of the area. Once the data is compiled. GIS enables the users to set the parameters of the information they want to access. In other words, they can see as little or as much of the serviceable information as they want.

There are many benefits from a system such as this. It will help reduce redundant activities among utilities and will allow cost sharing opportunities. GIS will improve efficiencies and will provide a better data base for decision-making procedures. It will also provide better information to the community.


Direct Withdrawal Payment Option   

Starting September 1, 2009, the District will be offering a Direct Withdrawal Payment Option.  By signing up you'll automatically have your bill payment taken out of your checking account on or around the 10th each month (depending on holidays and weekends).  You will still receive an accounting of your bill each month so you can keep tabs on your usage, but you won't have to worry about writing a check or coming into the office.  If you are interested, please come into the office to pick up an application or call us at 475-3849 to have one mailed to you.

An example of the application is provided below: 


Deschutes Valley Water District 

Direct Withdrawal Application

 Please provide a voided check with this form. Applications without voided checks will be mailed back to the customer and not processed. 

Utility Customer Number_______________

First Name __________________ Last Name_________________________

Street Address_________________________________________________

Mailing Address________________________________________________  

Phone #____________________ Email Address______________________   DL#_________________________


Name of Bank__________________________________________________________

Transit/ABA  Number____________________________________________________

Checking Account Number________________________________________________

 I understand the following:

  1. Deschutes Valley Water District will remove funds directly from my checking account on or near the 10th of each month.

  2. The date of withdrawal may vary due to weekends, holidays, or emergencies.

  3. The amount withdrawn from my account will be the current balance owing and can vary based on my monthly usage.

  4. If a direct withdrawal is returned non-sufficient funds (NSF), the District has the option to cancel this agreement.

It may take up to 30 days before this application is activated.


Signature__________________________________________   Date_________________











This Page Last Modified on May 9, 2017