Town adopts new water connect rules

By Hank Lohmeyer


The Cedaredge Town Board has adopted an ordinance providing for installation of backflow prevention devices on town water taps where cross-connection contamination could occur.

The first new ordinance of 2016 outlines the program called "Public Services, Water Service System, Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program."

The measures being taken by the town are mandated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

According to the text of the Cedaredge ordinance, the program "applies to all commercial, industrial and multi-family residential service connections within the public water system and to any persons outside the city who are, by contract or agreement with the public water system, users of the public water system."

For the present at least, the ordinance "does not apply to single-family-residential service connections unless the public water system becomes aware of a cross connection at the single family connection."

The ordinance includes provisions for maintenance, inspection, testing and records keeping on the devices installed at the property owners' expense. The ordinance states, "Any backflow prevention devices or methods that are non-testable shall be inspected at least once annually by a certified cross-connection control technician. The inspections shall be made at the expense of the customer. Copies of records of test reports, repairs and retests shall be submitted to the public water system by mail, facsimile, or email by the testing company or testing technician."