CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL PROGRAM
The Conway Corp Cross Connection Control Program (CCCP) is designed to protect drinking water. It does that by preventing contaminants from entering the public water supply system through a reversal of flow (backflow or back-siphonage). A pollutant or contaminant may enter the water supply when the pressure of the pollution source is greater than the pressure of the water supply or when there is a sudden loss of pressure in the water system. These pressure fluctuations can be caused by hydrant flushing, water main breaks or a number of other factors. In order to ensure safe drinking water, backflow prevention devices are required at all connections where the water may be exposed to a pollutant or contaminant.
Several examples of potential cross connections are garden hoses, toilets or toilet fill valves, lawn sprinkler systems, laundry tubs, swimming pools, hot tubs, boiler systems, water assisted sump pumps and fire sprinkler systems. Common household cross connections are caused by the misuse of garden hoses, such as leaving the end of the hose submerged in swimming pools, attached to chemical sprayers or laying on the ground. Without the proper backflow prevention devices these misused garden hoses can expose the water supply to cesspools, pesticides or garden chemicals and animal feces.
Conway Corp’s Cross Connection program is designed for the inspection, elimination and prevention of cross connections in commercial and industrial facilities. Our staff performs regular inspections. If our staff finds a cross connection, the customer will be notified by mail. This letter may provide a notice to install a proper backflow prevention device or have the existing one properly installed and/or tested by a certified tester. Any repairs, installation and/or testing are at the expense of the homeowner or business. Many backflow prevention devices are required to be tested annually in order to ensure they are working properly. These backflow prevention devices have internal seals, springs and moving parts that are subject to fouling, wear or fatigue and must be maintained in proper working order.