A cross-connection is any actual or potential connection between the public drinking water system and pollutants and/or contaminants, such as chemicals, bacteria, pesticides, or waste water.
Examples of common residential cross-connections are:
Examples of common commercial cross-connections are:
Backflow occurs when water flow is reversed from its intended direction and, buy way of a cross connection, is pushed or siphoned back into the public drinking water system. Backflow can occur by the following mechanisms:
The City of Temple routinely performs Customer Service Inspections (CSIs) throughout the entire water distribution system within our jurisdiction to monitor protection against potential contamination hazards. City staff continually inspects connections with the water infrastructure to ensure proper backflow protection is installed in order to protect the health of our citizens and visitors.