Apparently Anne Arundel County passed a lucrative income program benifitting Master Plumbers! I am disgusted with the requirement to have an annual blackflow prevention assembly test conducted on my lawn sprinkler system. The code requires that the test be conducted by a "certified and licensed tester". They mean a Master Plumber, who charges around $200 for a 30 second test. I watched him conduct the test last year, so I know how long it takes, and what expertise is involved. Not much of either! I was shocked when he said the bill was $200. I consider this a ripoff, and believe someone in the Dept of Public Works, Bureau of Utility Operations wrote in the requirement that only a master plumber can conduct the test. The lawn sprinkler company I use said they are prohibited by the code from doing the backflow prevention assembly test. I want to know who is the corrupt individual who made this decision, and whether there was any public announcement that a test would be requiredd, and whether the public was given the opportunity to provide their input before the code was passed. I would like our County Backflow Program Manager, Justin Manns, to explain how and why this code was passed and why can't a lawn sprinkler company conduct the required test.
Thomas Chorba Sr.