About Backflow Prevention
Backflow prevention ensures that potable water is protected against the entry of contaminants, pollutants, infectious agents, or other materials or substances. Backflow occurs as a result of either back siphonage, back pressure, or both. Backflow can also occur when there is a direct cross connection between the potable water supply and another process line which has the potential to transmit a contaminant into the potable water supply.
While the possibility of such events occurring may seem like an industrial or institutional problem, backflow can occur in any supply line, including individual residential units. The potential for contamination and fatal illness due to accidental contamination exists in every home. Therefore, awareness of this issue for all residential, commercial, and industrial consumers in Oak Ridge North is a priority.
Backflow Prevention Program
In order to ensure the supply of safe, clean drinking water to its users, the City of Oak Ridge North has chosen to take a proactive approach with respect to backflow prevention. This has resulted in the Backflow Prevention Program, which is designed to:
For more information on the Backflow Prevention Program, contact us at (832) 381-3301.
- Enhance backflow prevention regulations in the City's water system
- Identify any and all cross-connections where potential contamination of potable water may occur
- Maintain a database of licensed backflow device testers
- Maintain a database of water users who have backflow prevention devices
Cross Connection Control
The City has an active cross-connection control program to protect the quality of water. Approved testable backflow prevention devices must be installed and tested every three years on service lines on the customer's side of the meter. These must be placed near where contamination is possible, such as near swimming pools, spas, and irrigation systems.
Water treatment is not under City control; Montgomery County still retains control over the water treatment facilities.