Cross-Connection Control Program

Central Arkansas Water

The Arkansas Department of Health requires that a public water system institute a cross-connection control program to protect the distribution system from backflow caused by cross-connections.

In accordance with the minimum standards, CAW requires the completion of a cross-connection control assessment survey prior to the installation of a commercial or industrial meter.

The use of the property will determine whether CAW will require the installation of a Reduced Pressure Zone Assembly to protect against a potential cross-connection.

The Arkansas State Plumbing Code mandates that only a licensed plumber install an RPZA. State plumbing and health codes further require the testing of the RPZA within 10 days of installation and annually thereafter.

Only personnel with Backflow Assembly Tester Technician certification from the Arkansas Health Department may test backflow assemblies within the CAW service area. These technicians must also be registered with CAW before testing in CAW’s service area. The technician must submit the test results to CAW. Failure to comply with the cross-connection control requirements may result in the discontinuation of service. An RPZA installation must be above ground on the customers’ side of the meter and before the first point of use. An installation inside a building must be in a location that provides for adequate drainage for discharge.

Contact a Regulation Specialist or the Director of Engineering to obtain requirements necessary to comply with the Cross-Connection Control Program.

Cross Connection Control Team

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Cross-Connection Control Assessment Survey

Cross-Connection Manual

Cross-Connection Control Program