Cross Connection Control Survey Inspections In Progress


Cross Connection Control Survey Inspections In Progress

To keep our water supply clean, it is important that there are no “cross connections”, or places where contaminants can enter the piping system. The “Cross Connection Control Survey” inspections are a search for any such entry points, and are therefore an important step toward ensuring our water stays clean.

The State Department of Health requires the Prudence Island Water District to have licensed inspectors complete cross connection control survey forms for all customer premises. As we are a bit behind schedule (only about a third of the inspections have been performed to date), we will be making a significant effort to get inspections performed this summer.

Thank you for your help and cooperation!

How Are Inspections Scheduled?

If your property needs to be inspected, or if you are not sure if you need an inspection or not, please fill out our web form. If you cannot fill out the form, you may email us at [email protected] or call the office at 401-683-0011 and leave a message about scheduling your inspection, and we’ll get back to you.

When Will Inspections Be Performed?

Inspections will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, starting in May and extending through the summer. Weekday appointments may be possible depending on staff availability.

Does The Customer Need To Be Present?

The inspector needs access to various parts of the water service line and plumbing and may have recommendations, so it is best if the customer is present.

Who Will Perform The Inspection?

Inspections must be performed by a licensed surveyor. Depending on availability, inspections may be performed by System Operator Will Capron, Susan Andrade, or licensed professionals provided by the Rhode Island Rural Water Association.

What is a Cross Connection Control Survey And Why Are We Doing One?

A cross connection control survey is a process of examining a water supply system to identify any potential points where contaminants could enter the clean drinking water. This is important because it helps ensure that our water stays safe and healthy to drink.

The main benefits of a cross connection control survey are:

  1. Protecting public health: By identifying and eliminating potential contamination risks, the survey helps keep our water free of harmful substances, bacteria, and viruses.
  2. Maintaining water quality: Ensuring that clean drinking water remains separate from contaminated water helps maintain high water quality standards.
  3. Regulatory compliance: Many places require these surveys by law to ensure water systems meet safety guidelines.

What Information Does The Survey Inspection Collect?

The inspection form records:

  • The owner name and address
  • Whether the property is residential or commercial, and if it requires non-interrupted service
  • If there is a curb stop on the service line
  • The installed and recommended type and location of backflow prevention devices
  • If there is a drain back valve, and if so, the location
  • Presence of any boilers, solar heaters, fire suppression systems, etc. that are connected to the public water supply
  • Whether any other conditions exist on the property that pose a threat to the safety of the public water system.

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