Cross Connection Control & Backflow

What is a Cross Connection?

A cross connection is a connection between a potable drinking water supply and a possible source of contamination or pollution. Under the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established national standards for safe drinking water. Each state is required to enforce the various regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and how it relates to its state laws.

To meet these provisions, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on January 1, 1996, enacted a state law which requires the public water suppliers to implement and enforce the Cross Connection Control Program requirements located in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 290 of the Rules and Regulations for Public Water Suppliers.

What is Backflow?

Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow in a potable water distribution system. Water that is always under pressure can only flow in one direction. Then how can water flow in reverse? Water will always flow towards the point of lowest pressure. If a water main were to break or if the fire department opened several fire hydrants to help fight a fire, the pressure in the water main could drop. The demand upstream could cause a reversal in flow.

Cross connections and the possibility of backflow need to be recognized so they do not occur. A garden hose submerged in a hot tub, swimming pool, car radiator or attached to an insect/fertilizer sprayer could siphon the liquid back into the water main. Water from an irrigation system could be siphoned back into the public water supply.

Backflow prevention assemblies are designed to protect the public water system from these types of concerns.

Testing of Backflow Prevention Assemblies

All backflow protection assemblies must be tested upon installation, replacement, repair or relocation. Because backflow prevention assemblies are mechanical devices that will degrade over time, all backflow assemblies should be tested annually to ensure they are in working order.

M. Marlon Ivy & Associates, Inc. has chosen to partner with the Envirotrax® system to allow for the online submission of Backflow Prevention Assembly Test and Maintenance Reports. All testing information will be entered directly by the tester into the online password protected Envirotrax® system. Testers will no longer be able to submit paper test reports directly to the water districts.

Finding or Becoming a Registered Tester

All Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers (BPATs) are required to register with the Envirotrax® system. Upon registration and verification of license, insurance, and test gauge accuracy, the tester will be added to the approved list of Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers.

Note: Backflow prevention assemblies on fire protection sprinkler systems are required by the State Fire Marshal to be tested and/or repaired by a BPAT who is a full‐time employee of a fire protection sprinkler company that is licensed with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Click a link below to find a registered BPAT.

Dowdell Public Utility District
Far Hills Utility District
Grant Road Public Utility District
Harris County Fresh Water Supply District 58
Harris County Municipal Utility District 6 Carriage Lane
Harris County Municipal Utility District 180
Harris County Municipal Utility District 202
Harris County Municipal Utility District 216
Harris County Municipal Utility District 231
Harris County Municipal Utility District 275
Harris County Municipal Utility District 342
Harris County Municipal Utility District 344
Harris County Municipal Utility District 361
Luce Bayou Public Utility District
Montgomery County Municipal Utility District 19
Mount Houston Road Municipal Utility District
North Belt Utility District
Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District 6
Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District 9
Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District 16
Parkway Utility District
Rolling Fork Public Utility District
Spring Creek Forest Public Utility District
Timberlane Utility District

Click here to download a Quick Start Guide with information on how to become a registered BPAT.

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