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Lawn Irrigation Contractors Impacted by Regulatory Change

ONLA Legislative Issues & Briefs

The latest regulatory news for Ohio’s green industry focuses on contractors providing lawn irrigation services. A change from the Ohio Department of Commerce raises the level of service contractors can provide their clients. After seven years of dialogue, ODOC is allowing limited backflow certification for irrigation contractors.

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What does this mean for the green industry?


Simply stated, green industry contractors, upon completion of the certification process, can provide backflow testing for lawn irrigation systems.  To become certified, contractors must:


*  file an application with the Ohio Department of Commerce,
*  sign a codicil specifiying they will adhere to only providing backflow testing for lawn irrigation systems,
*  submit a $100 application and testing fee,
*  successfully complete a three-day State-approved backflow certification course,
*  pass the backflow certification exam,
*  and submit a $75 "three-year certification fee" to the Ohio Department of Commerce.


Recertification requirements include obtaining appropriate education credits.


"This is great news for Ohio Irrigation Contractors," said ONLA member J. C. Wheaton, Centerville Landscaping, Inc., and President of the Ohio Irrigation Association. "This gives contractors a brand new revenue source, the opportunity to obtain a professional certification, and increases awareness of irrigation contractor skills and professionalism."


Kevin Thompson, ONLA Executive Director, adds, "No longer will contractors have to refer clients to plumbers to complete a task that is an integral component of quality irrigation system installation and maintenance."


Questions about the program may be directed to: Ralph Reeb, Backflow Administrator for the State of Ohio (614) 644-3153.  Download the application and information about State-approved, on-going training opportunities from the ONLA website by clicking here.