What is the Vepo Envirotrax® System?
The Envirotrax® system is a complete backflow prevention assembly testing, backflow tracking and backflow reporting system offered to any city or water purveyor at NO CHARGE. All fees are paid by the Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT). The Envirotrax® system provides the online tools necessary to quickly and easily enter backflow test and maintenance reports and to perform ongoing periodic testing of the assemblies at NO CHARGE to the city or water purveyor. The Envirotrax® system includes online CSI Management to provide a complete Cross-Connection Control Program.

The Envirotrax® system is available to insure the water supply is protected with proper backflow assembly testing. The system is approved for the acceptance of backflow test and maintenance reports by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Please contact our staff at conserve@vepollc.com or by telephone at (281) 476-6886 for more information. For BPAT's needing assistance, click here for a Quick Start Guide with information to get you up and operational in no time at all.

Why is a system like this needed?

Backflow prevention assemblies are mechanical devices that are subject to failure. Should an assembly fail, the potable water supply is in jeopardy of being contaminated. In virtually every major code or standard, it is recommended that all backflow prevention assemblies be tested at least annually.

  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control
  • Water Purveyor's Risk Assessment
  • Testing of backflow-prevention assemblies.
    • ....The water purveyor should field-test or require to be field-tested the backflow-prevention assemblies it relies on under these circumstances:
    • on installation,
    • at least annually,
    • after repairs,
    • after relocation or replacement, and
    • on responding to a reported backflow incident.
  • Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • 312.9.2 Testing
    • ....shall be tested at the time of installation, immediately after repairs or relocation and at least annually.
  • International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • 603.2 Approval of Devices or Assemblies
    • .....Such devices or assemblies shall be tested at the time of installation, repair, or relocation and not less than on an annual schedule thereafter, or more often where required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Lawn Irrigation Systems and Backflow Protection
  • Class I Systems
    • Plumbing codes require annual testing. Some jurisdictions are requiring periodic testing every 2-3 years. TCEQ strongly recommends following adopted plumbing codes and a minimum of periodic testing of all residential irrigation backflow preventers, due to control valves not withstanding back-pressure.

How does it work?

It's simple. A property owner hires a registered Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) to test their backflow prevention assembly. The BPAT registers in the Envirotrax® system and logs into their password protected account to record the backflow assembly test results. Through a password protected administration account, the water purveyor can search all backflow assembly test reports within their jurisdiction by property address, mailing address, serial number, hazard type, assembly type, BPAT company name, BPAT license number, BPAT contractor name, and a date range. Backflow assembly test reports may be viewed online or sent to an external printer or PDF file.

The System Reports section displays the number of backflow test reports entered per year. It displays the percentage of assemblies by hazard type, assembly type, and whether they are commercial or residential assemblies.

Should a BPAT let their license, insurance, or test gauge certification expire, the online system will automatically deactivate their account preventing them from submitting any further test reports until the information is updated and verified by Vepo personnel.

The Envirotrax® system will generate up to three letters to existing property owners in advance to inform them of an upcoming backflow assembly test requirement. Vepo will handle everything associated with the distribution of the letters from printing to mailing.

Vepo does even more behind the scene. Vepo validates any out of service requests and using the sophisticated Backflow Validation, Vepo checks all assemblies in which a change appears from the previous backflow test to the current backflow test. Changes include inconsistent assembly information such as a change in the assembly type, make, model, size or serial number. The validation will display all assemblies in which the location has moved from one address to another. Other changes include inconsistent property address or mailing address information. These validations allow Vepo and the water purveyor to ensure that the assembly test information remains consistent and accurate.

It's all handled FREE OF CHARGE to any water purveyor. With this system, a water purveyor can now manage and easily track backflow assemblies within their cross-connection control program with no extra manpower or investment.

Benefits of the System
There are many benefits to both the water purveyor and the BPAT. Below are just a few:

  • Backflow assemblies are tested on a regular basis to ensure protection of the water supply
  • There is no cost to the water purveyor
  • The results of all backflow tests are automatically verified for accuracy
  • The data is kept secure and confidential at all times
  • The BPAT license is verified by Vepo personnel
  • General liability insurance is verified by Vepo personnel
  • Test gauge certifications are verified by Vepo personnel
  • If a license expires, the system will not allow the submission of a backflow test
  • If required insurance expires, the system will not allow the submission of a backflow test
  • If the certification of a gauge expires, the system will not allow the submission of a backflow test using that gauge
  • The system is easy to learn and use
  • The water purveyor can easily search all test reports within their territory
  • There is no paper work to file or store by the water purveyor or the BPAT
  • The system allows for multi-user access by water purveyor personnel and the BPAT personnel

How do we get started?
To put the Envirotrax® system to work in your city, water district, or municipal utility district to help protect the public water supply, please contact our staff at conserve@vepollc.com or by telephone at (281) 476-6886 and we will go to work on your behalf at absolutely no cost to you.

How do I sign up as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) to begin entering test and maintenance reports into the system?
It's easy. First you need to create an account and submit your license, insurance and gauge test information into the system. You can then select to work in multiple participating areas and you are ready to go.

Click here for a Quick Start Guide with information to get you up and operational in no time at all.