A cross connection is the actual physical connection between potable (drinking) water and any substance of questionable quality. A cross connection commonly occurs when a water hose is left running, yet is submerged in a tree well or in a bucket of soap water. If a backflow event were to occur, these substances could enter the drinking water supply and possibly be distributed throughout the distribution system where numerous consumers would be exposed to these substances.
Where are the devices installed?
The devices are installed on the City’s water supply line as close as possible to the customer’s water meter and/or internally on any equipment that utilizes water that potentially may become contaminated such as boilers, carbonators, cooling towers, x-ray machines, etc.