Cross-Connection Control Survey

Why did I receive a water survey from the Village of Harristown

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires every water supply provider to develop and implement a backflow prevention control program. The program mandates surveying all water customers every three years to identify and eliminate connections that could allow contaminants to accidentally flow back into the drinking water from sources such as fire protection sprinkler systems, boilers, lawn sprinklers and swimming pools.

The Village of Harristown’s Water Division is responsible for maintaining the village's water distribution system by providing residential, commercial and industrial public water supply users with water that is safe, clean and adequate in quantity and quality.

What is a cross connection?

A cross-connection is a connection between a drinking water supply and a non-drinking water source, where a contaminant could potentially enter the drinking water supply. Cross -connections should be protected by a valve called a backflow preventer.

What is a backflow preventer?

A backflow preventer is a device that allows the water to only flow in one direction and prevent a pipe or device connected to the water supply line to allow water to flow back into the municipal supply system.

Who has responsibility for installing backflow preventers?

Property owners are responsible for installing, annual testing and maintaining backflow preventers. Water customers must contract with a licensed professional to perform the required annual tests and make any necessary repairs. Most plumbing contractors can install and repair backflow preventers and are certified to test them.

How do I complete a survey?

Surveys will be mailed out with water bills. Once complete, they can be returned with your water bill. Surveys can also be completed online by following the link below.