Loveland Water and Power is dedicated to supplying clean water to its customers. When water is used improperly, creating a cross connection and the possibility of backflow, the health and safety of all the customers connected to the water system is threatened.
What is Cross Connection?
A cross-connection is any connection between a potable (drinking) water supply system and any source of non-potable or non-drinkable liquid, solid, or gas.
What is Backflow?
As a result of a cross connection, under certain circumstances of unequal pressure, a non-drinkable substance could either be pulled or pushed into the drinking water supply.
Backflow can reverse the flow of water or other substances into the public or private water system, resulting in chemicals or contaminants getting into the drinking water. In other words, due to changes in pressure (such as water main breaks or fire-fighting), the water can flow in the opposite direction from what is intended, resulting in the contamination of the City’s water supply mains. This is why the installation, inspection and proper maintenance of backflow prevention assemblies and devices is imperative to the safety of your drinking water.
To learn more about what backflow is, and how to avoid it, watch the short video below.
In accordance with the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations, LWP is required to implement a cross connection control program (CCCP) to protect the public water distribution system from possible contamination.
The Health Department regulations require water utilities to protect distribution systems through the use of valves called backflow prevention devices/assembly. The regulations require that these devices and assemblies be tested and maintained at least annually by a certified cross connection control technician. The type of backflow prevention assembly needed will depend on how the water is used within your plumbing. Visit Backflow Testing to learn more about approved devices/assemblies.
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Loveland Water and Power
200 North Wilson Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: (970) 962-3000