Cross-Connection Control (Backflow) Information and Requirements
Under certain circumstances, as determined by JCWSA, the installation of a cross-connection control (backflow preventer) device is required. This device is installed on the customer's side of the service line. This device protects the water supply provided by JCWSA from the possibility of contamination or pollution by isolating, within its customers internal distribution system, such contaminants or pollutants which could backflow or back-siphon into the public water system. This policy was derived from and is enforced in accordance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act of 1986, and the statutes of the State of Georgia, Rules for Safe Drinking Water, 391-3-5.
Testing of the backflow prevention device is also required to verify that it is operating correctly. This testing is to be performed only by certified testing providers. Many plumbing contractors perform installation, testing and maintenance of backflow devices. JCWSA customers may use any person who is certified by Georgia Statewide Backflow Prevention Assembly Certification Program, as approved by the state.
You can identify and locate available testing providers by visiting www.gawp.org. In the upper left-hand corner of this linked page, click on "Directories" then click on "Backflow Certified Tester Search."
Additional forms and information regarding JCWSA'a Cross-Connection Control Program can be found below.
- Maintenance Test Form
- Cross-Connection Control Program Policy Document
- Business Customer Survey Form
- Residential Customer Survey Form