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Backflow Prevention

Backflow Prevention Program and Cross-Connection Control

In adherence to Colorado's regulations, the Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Program protects the public water system from cross-connection contamination by requiring customers to:

What is backflow, cross-connection and back-siphonage?

They all mean the same thing - used water that has already left your water pipes and is reintroduced into your home\'s water system. Backflow is caused by a drop in water pressure (i.e., while fire fighters battle a blaze or while crews are repairing a water main). A Backflow Preventer is a mechanical device that acts as a check valve to prevent used water from re-entering and potentially contaminating your drinking water.

How do I prevent this from happening?

1. Install containment assemblies (also known as backflow prevention assemblies, dual check valves (residential) containment devices or backflow prevention devices) on the following water service lines:

¬ Residential property water service lines (dual check valves)

¬ Dedicated irrigation lines (testable devices that comply with the uniform building code)

o Test containment assemblies after initial installation and annually thereafter to make sure they are functioning properly.

o Submit completed test reports.

Rustic outdoor water pipes and valves with a tagged notice attached.