Century Implements New ‘Cross-Connection’ Plan For Water System Customers

June 7, 2023

Tuesday night, the Century Town Council approved a “Backflow Prevention & Cross-Connection Control” plan.

State law requires public water systems to establish and implement a cross-connection control program using backflow prevention. The plan essentially requires the use of a backflow preventer to prevent water from flowing backwards — from the customer side of the meter to the public water system.

“You are trying to make sure that your water system does not have cross connections,” town engineer Dale Long told the council. “Which means no illegal or illicit connections to your water system, contaminating your whole system.”

The plan generally applies to business customers.

Under the required plan, connections can be temporarily or permanently eliminated if they fail to meet the regulatory requirements. Backflow prevention devices must be tested at the customer’s expense on an annual basis.

Pictured: A backflow preventer on the Century water system. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Century Implements New ‘Cross-Connection’ Plan For Water System Customers”

  1. Reema on June 12th, 2023 2:12 pm

    It’s not necessarily always the water systems that require the backflow prevention. The water systems also have to uphold FL Administrative Code and the rules that are set on them from FDEP and the DOH.

  2. Anonymous on June 9th, 2023 11:18 am

    Do you find it interesting that “backflow prevention devices must be tested at the customer’s expense on an annual basis.” Why continue to push costs off to the consumers, if the water companies want the backflow devices, let them pay for and test themselves.

  3. Reema on June 9th, 2023 10:15 am

    In response to JJ, backflow preventers have a higher level of protection that check valves can’t offer. The high pressure on backflow preventers ensures that the water can only flow one way. Check valves often fail and can contaminate our water supply with sewer.

  4. JJ on June 7th, 2023 8:37 am

    As a retired plumbing contractor. Why not make the water department put a CHECK VALVE before all water meters. Better than these backflow valves that they require owners to pay for the annual inspections. NOT CHEAP

  5. Citizen on June 7th, 2023 1:55 am

    TOC should insulate that correctly and make it look better and also the one in the Food Giant Parking lot right by the side of the road. Build a box around it for protection since it’s in a vulnerable location and has been hit prior.