Cross Connection Control Program
The City’s Utilities Division makes extensive efforts, along with a diligent Water Quality Monitoring Program, to ensure that the public drinking water system exceeds the standards of the EPA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Cross Connection Control Program, mandated by the CDPH, is another extensive effort to make sure that high quality drinking water remains protected from potential sources of contamination that may exist within customers' plumbing systems and equipment on site. These programs and their records are thoroughly inspected by the CDPH on an annual basis, along with other data and monthly and incidental reports that are submitted.
Backflow prevention devices properly installed at the water meter eliminate the potential for contaminated water to flow back into the public drinking water system by way of “cross connection” and “backflow”. Based on the regulation and the "degree of hazard" of the facility, the installation of these devices may be required after an inspection by a Cross Connection Control Specialist.
The backflow prevention devices are required to be tested upon installation and on an annual basis as customers are notified by the City’s Utilities Division.
The Orange County Health Care Agency also has a program under state regulations, which addresses backflow prevention requirements within commercial and industrial facilities that have a “higher degree of potential health hazard.” This program corresponds with the City’s Cross Connection Program. In order to protect against potential cross connection(s) inside your facility, and thermal expansion, it is necessary that you ensure that all equipment, plumbing, and piping be installed and maintained according to the California Plumbing Code.
For more information about the City’s Cross Control Program please contact the Utilities Division at (714) 562-3655.