Backflow & Cross Connection Control
About the Program
The JCSA administers a program of surveying, inspecting and testing of all backflow prevention devices and assemblies within water distribution systems. This Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Program was devised and implemented with security of the potable water supply and the health of our citizens in mind. Accordingly, this program is administered by the JCSA in conjunction with the Virginia State Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.
This program is in place to illustrate the requirements for installation of approved backflow devices or assemblies and the related responsibilities for regular maintenance, inspection and testing. A vital part of this program is the annual inspection and testing of all backflow assemblies by a Virginia State certified tester with test results being forwarded to the JCSA Special Projects Coordinator. The authority for this program comes directly from the JCSA Board of Directors.
Property Owner Responsibilities
Since the JCSA follows a containment policy, all backflow devices are located on the private side of the community potable water system. The property owner is responsible for the maintenance, inspection, and testing of these devices, and to ensure compliance with the JCSA Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Program requirements.
If your irrigation system has no backflow prevention assembly or if your backflow assembly is not working properly, you could potentially be putting yourself and your family at risk. Sprinkler system backflow suspected in E-coli contamination (Courtesy of KRISTV.com, Corpus Christi, Texas)