Every time you turn on a faucet in your home you expect a flow of high-quality drinking water. Safe, clean drinking water is not something we should take for granted. Every utility customer can play a role in protecting our water and ensure we have clean water every time we turn on the faucet.
Do you know that common hazards in and around your house can contaminate your drinking water as well as your neighbors? These hazards are known as “cross-connections” and can result in contaminated water backflowing into your home’s drinking water supply without you even knowing.
What is a Cross-Connection?
Any physical connection created between a possible source of contamination and any drinking water system piping.
Why be concerned?
ALL cross-connections pose a potential health risk. Backflow can be a health hazard for your family or other consumers if contaminated water enters your water supply plumbing system and is used for drinking, cooking or bathing. Chemical burns, fires, explosions, poisonings, illness and death have all been caused by backflow through cross-connections.
What are some common residential cross-connection hazards?
What can I do?
What must be done to protect the public water system?
The Licking County Water/Wastewater Department must determine potential and actual hazards. If a hazard exists at a customer’s water supply service connection, the customer will be required to install and maintain an appropriate backflow prevention device at the meter and/or at the source of the hazard.
For more information on Licking County’s Backflow Prevention Program please contact the Utilities Director, Ryan Brown at 740-928-0302 or via our general email box at firstname.lastname@example.org
Licking County Backflow Prevention Regulations can be found here, ( Link )
Ohio EPA Backflow Prevention Brochure can be found here, ( Link )