Cross Connection

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Cross Connection

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A cross connection control device prevents water from reversing flow from the customer’s premises to the public supply water main.  A potential health risk can exist should a backflow situation occur if containers holding chemicals such as cleaning products or pesticides are connected to the water supply.  The greatest potential for this to occur is through your home’s garden hose, or through an underground sprinkler system.  If the water supply experiences a large drop in pressure at the same time a hose is left in a bucket or connected to a spray attachment, the chemicals could be siphoned into your home’s plumbing and potentially into the public water supply. All newly constructed residential homes and properties with underground sprinklers systems have been required to install cross connection control devices. 

Hoffman Estates Cross Connection Control Program

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires all municipalities and private water companies to provide safe, potable water to its customers. In accordance with current IEPA regulations, all communities, including Hoffman Estates, are required to enforce the IEPA’s cross connection control regulations and requirements to prevent backflow contamination of the public water supply.

The purpose is to identify any potential cross connections that might exist at each property. A cross-connection is a plumbing interconnection between two water systems which allows, or could potentially allow water flow in either direction. A cross connection, without proper protection, could allow water of questionable quality to enter the public water supply. Some examples of potential cross connections include lawn irrigation systems, fire sprinkler systems, boiler heating systems, industrial or diagnostic equipment connected to the water supply or simply an unattended garden hose left in a bucket. Should pressure in the public water system suddenly decrease, there is the potential for untreated, contaminated or non-potable water to be suctioned into the public system. The result could be illness or injury should the contaminated water be ingested or come into contact with skin.

Common Residential Systems that require a device

Lawn irrigation system

Fire sprinkler system

Swimming pool direct connection

 

Common Commercial Systems that require a device

Lawn irrigation system

Fire sprinkler system

Boiler heat system

Dental equipment connected to the public water supply

Medical equipment connected to the public water supply

Industrial or process equipment connected to the public water supply

Cleaning or sanitation equipment connected to the public water supply

Cross connection control devices are required by the IEPA to be tested and certified annually. IEPA regulations require the testing and certification be completed by a State of Illinois licensed plumber, certified with the IEPA as a “Cross Connection Control Device Inspector” (CCCDI). The plumber’s name, license number and the state issued CCCDI number are required on the form before submitting to the Village.

The Village of Hoffman Estates is no longer offering in-house device certification. However, via a formal request for proposals (RFP), the Village has secured a competitive price for residential CCCD recertification in the Village of Hoffman Estates with American Backflow & Fire Prevention. Their proposal ensures a rate of $50 for a single device certification, or $80 for two devices at the same residence during a single appointment. You are not required to have devices certified with American Backflow & Fire Prevention and are free to select any Illinois licensed CCCDI to conduct the test and recertification if you so choose.

To schedule a backflow appointment with American Backflow & Fire Prevention, call 847-540-9910.

Once the form(s) have been completed, please be sure a copy is kept for your files before submitting them to the Village. The IEPA requires a record of the cross connection prevention device tests and maintenance records be kept on the water consumer’s premises.

Village code requires the water consumer’s premises to be available at reasonable times to the Director of Public Works or his authorized agent, for the verification of information submitted by the water customer regarding survey information and cross-connection inspection results. To intentionally falsify or withhold information is a violation of State and/or Federal law. Cross connection control device tests and inspections must be performed annually. The Village will notify customers when a device requires annual testing, or a survey/inspection is due in accordance with State law.

Please see the links provide below for additional information. If you have any questions or need assistance regarding the cross-connections control program, please contact public works at (847) 490-6800. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Village Code

http://library.municode.com/HTML/13575/level2/CH12WASESY_ART3WASYPR.html#CH12WASESY_ART3WASYPR_S12-3-12CRNNNOPE

Illinois Plumbing Code

http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/077008900I11300R.html

Illinois Pollution Control Board Regulations

http://www.ipcb.state.il.us/documents/dsweb/Get/Document-12140/

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Regulations

http://www.epa.state.il.us/water/field-ops/drinking-water/cross-connection-control.html