Water quality is a matter of mutual concern and benefit.
With this in mind the Kelowna Joint Water Committee recognized the
need to develop and implement a comprehensive Cross Connection Control
Program in order to protect the quality of the water being distributed
throughout the City of Kelowna.
In Feb. 1998 City Council passed Bylaw 8147 Sec. 30. This bylaw
along with British Columbia Plumbing Code 7.6.2 forms the support
for our program. In June 1998 a full time Cross Connection Control
Program Coordinator was hired to develop and implement a program
focused on all Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, and Agricultural
water customers in our city. These customers are assessed as to the
level of risk they represent to our distribution system and are prioritized
accordingly, form highest to lowest. Using Water Regulation Bylaws
as support, a survey of the property is conducted and requirements
are made for correcting potentially hazardous cross connections.
Eliminating the cross connection, installation of a backflow prevention
assembly (testable) or a backflow prevention device (non-testable)
are the methods used to control potentially hazardous cross connections.
A working relationship with the City Inspections Dept. ensures adequate
protection is installed in buildings being newly constructed or renovated
within city boundaries. All installed assemblies are subject to an
annual inspection and testing program that is administered by the
CCC Coordinator with the support of the KJWC members.
Backflow Prevention Monitoring Software is used to
track all testable assemblies in the city. All pertinent data including:
serial number, ownership, location, maintenance history, and hazard,
are entered on the database.
The Kelowna Joint Water Committee Cross
Connection Control program applies to all water customers within
the city. Although the program applies to all customers, the focus
of our efforts is on Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, and Agricultural
All actual or potential cross connections
in newly constructed and renovated properties requiring Building
Permit Applications are addressed through provisions in Part 7 B.C.
Building Code, Plumbing Services. The City of Kelowna Building Inspections
Dept. is responsible for ensuring code compliance throughout the
city. Actual or potential cross connections present in existing properties
are identified through a property survey process supported by the
KJWC Water Purveyor, Water Regulation Bylaws.
Building Department staff are responsible
for the enforcement of cross connection control provisions of the
Building Code. The Cross Connection Control Program Coordinator is
responsible for applying cross connection control provisions of the
Water Regulation Bylaws to all water customers.
To date 1200 facilities in Kelowna have
backflow preventers installed in them. As part of the annual testing
requirement, the KJWC backflow preventer registry is currently tracking
2500 backflow preventers. We have recorded data from 10,050 backflow
preventer annual test reports since 1998.
Under Provision of City of Kelowna BL8147 Sec. 30
- Backflow preventers are subject to mandatory annual testing and
- When a backflow preventer is installed the initial test
results are recorded on a database.
- Annual test results are due
12 months from the date of installation.
- If test reports are not
received 12 months from date of installation, a 1st reminder letter
requesting test results within 30 days will be issued. (sample
- If test reports are not received within 30 days,
a 2nd reminder letter will be issued. The 2nd letter requests test
results in 30 days. This letter includes the statement that non-compliance
may result in termination of water service. (sample copy enclosed)
no response is received within 30 days, a 7-day disconnection notice
will be issued. (sample copy enclosed) A copy of this notice will
be directed to Licensing & Bylaw Enforcement Supervisor,
Al Dixon for hand delivery to affected customers. A list of notified
customers will be supplied to Lynn Walter, Revenue Manager; Don
Degen, Water Manager; and Mike Murrell, Utility Network Supervisor.
the disconnection notice is not successful in motivating the customer
to comply, the Revenue Manager will execute the service termination
in accordance with existing procedures.
- All bylaw requirements must
be met, and all applicable service charges must be paid prior to
the service being restored.
- All Cross Connection Control, or Backflow
Preventer related questions or concerns should be directed to me;
Cameron Moody, Cross Connection Control Coordinator at 469-8889
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