March is Cross Connection Awareness Month

What do you think the chances are that you have a connection to Fayetteville Public Utilities' distribution water system that could threaten public safety? Although you most likely don't THINK your connection could be dangerous, it's possible that it is.

The month of March is Cross Connection Awareness Month, and throughout the month, FPU encourages you to take the necessary precautions to help us protect our drinking water from accidental contamination.

What is a cross connection? A cross-connection is the point at which a non-drinking water substance can possibly come in contact with drinking water. Connections as seemingly innocent as a sprinkler system, hot tub or ornamental pond can easily enable contaminants to enter potable (drinking) water lines via backflow. Customers install potential cross connections like these and other water-using equipment every day, but they are often unaware of the potential danger that lurks in the pipes as a result.

Backflow, caused by backsiphonage and/or backpressure, is the unwanted reverse flow of non-potable water back into a water system. Backflow can allow bacteria, chemicals or physical contaminants to enter the water system if cross connections are uncontrolled.

FPU's Water Department takes every precaution possible to prevent cross connection backflow from entering our distribution system. Our cross connection control program ensures that customers eliminate cross connections whenever possible and control connections that can't be eliminated by installing Department of Health approved backflow preventers.

Cross connection prevention devices are inexpensive and can be found at your local hardware store. FPU strongly recommends that you install one of these devices on your garden hoses, livestock water connections, and more.

Please help us keep your drinking water safe. Just a few steps now can prevent problems later. 

Call Fayetteville Public Utilities today at 433-1522 if you have questions about backflow or cross connection safety.