What is a Cross-Connection? A Cross-Connection is any physical arrangement whereby public water supply is connected, directly or indirectly, with any other water supply system, sewer, drain, conduit, pool, storage reservoir, plumbing fixture or other device which contains, or may contain, contaminated water, sewage, or other waste or liquid of unknown or unsafe quality which may be capable of contaminating the public water supply as result of backflow caused by the manipulation of valves, because of ineffective check valves or backpressure valves or because of any other arrangement. An example of a temporary connection could be a garden hose attached to a sink or a spigot with the end of the hose submerged in a tub full of detergent.
You should be aware that swimming pools, lawn sprinklers and improper use of garden hoses, just to name a few, are potential hazards that may easily result in water contamination. Covington Ordinance #1098 requires an approved backflow prevention device be properly installed in all residential, commercial and industrial sites considered to be a potential hazard to the integrity of the water supply.
As of April 2019 the customer will now be responsible for yearly testing and maintaining in good working order of their backflow device.
If you have any questions about cross-connections, please call the City of Covington Water Quality Division at 475-4965 and we will be happy to assist you.