KJWC

Cross Connection Control Program

KJWC Cross Connection Control Program

The Kelowna Joint Water Committee Cross Connection Control program applies to all water customers within City of Kelowna municipal boundaries.  The program applies to all customers with a program focus is on Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, and Agricultural customers.

Cross Connection Control involves the installation of approved backflow preventers on potable water systems that could represent a risk to water quality if a backflow event occurred. Backflow preventers contain the system and arrest backflow therefore minimizing risk to the water purveyor and its water customers.

A Memo of Understanding was signed in 2003 between the participating Kelowna Joint Water Committee purveyors and the City of Kelowna. This M.O.U. resulted in the creation of a central Cross Connection Control Program and backflow preventer registry administered by the City of Kelowna and whose mandate would be:  to track all backflow prevention equipment in the city, administer the annual test component of the CCC Program, and act on behalf of the KJWC as the cross connection control resource on all related matters.

Backflow Preventer Testing

All installed testable backflow prevention assemblies are subject to an annual inspection and testing program that is administered by the KJWC Cross Cconnection Control Program central office.

  1. When a backflow preventer is installed the initial test results are recorded on a database.
  2. All backflow prevention assemblies are subject to mandatory annual testing and inspection.
  3. Annual test results are due 12 months from the date of install.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If no response is received within 30 days of the 2nd letter issue, a report is forwarded to the water service provider noting the details of the property in violation. It is then the responsibility of the service provider to bring closure by ensuring the annual test is completed and forwarded to the central office, verifying and notifying the central office that the cross connection hazard no longer exists, or by terminating service to his customer.

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For inquiries related to the Cross Connection Control Program please call:

City of Kelowna Cross Connection Control Coordinator at 250-469-8889