The City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department is committed to providing our customers with a clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing supply of drinking water. The Office of Cross Connection Control/Field Inspections’ primary goal is to protect the City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department’s potable water distribution system through the implementation and enforcement of a Cross Connection Control Program.
The City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department invests significant time and resources to protect the potable water distribution system. Cross-connections and backflow incidents can result in contaminated water entering the City of Coeur d’Alene’s potable water distribution system. The installation of approved backflow prevention assemblies and devices can prevent backflow incidents from occurring.
A cross connection is defined as, “Any actual or potential connection or structural arrangement between a public or a consumer’s potable water system and any other source or system through which it is possible to introduce into any part of the potable system any used water, industrial fluid, gas, or substance other than the intended potable water with which the system is supplied. By-pass arrangements, jumper connections, removable sections, swivel or change-over devices and other temporary or permanent devices through which or because of which backflow can occur are considered to be cross-connections.”
Indirect Cross Connection: An indirect Cross Connection in a cross connection that is subject to backsiphonage.
- An actual cross connection is when there is a physical connection that is made with a hazard.
- Such as ice makers landscape irrigation systems, coffee makers, pressure washers, etc.
- A potential cross connection is when there is the possibility or accessibility for a cross connection.
- Usually when there is some sort of chemical or auxiliary water source.
- Such a radiant floor heating systems or when there is water being drawn from a lake or different water source.