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One of the measures the City of Albany takes to ensure the safety of your drinking water is to implement a cross connection control program to prevent water from flowing back into the public water supply. Connections between drinking water piping and any plumbing fixtures, tanks, receptors, equipment or devices through which it may be possible for used water or any other substance to enter back into the water supply are called cross connections. The undesirable condition when water reverses its normal direction of flow is called backflow.

Generally speaking, backflow preventers are mechanical devices or assemblies installed to prevent contamination of the public water supply. In accordance with Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-061-0070 and the Albany Municipal Code, backflow assemblies must be tested at least annually to ensure they are working properly for the protection of the public water system. Backflow assemblies must be tested by a certified backflow assembly tester to ensure proper operation. The City of Albany mails notification letters to remind customers with backflow prevention assemblies to schedule annual testing.

The City of Albany’s Cross Connection Control Program is working to eliminate or reduce the risk of cross connections in the public water system and help customers to comply with backflow prevention practices and regulations designed to protect the quality of the drinking water. For questions regarding cross connection control or backflow assembly testing, contact Bret Johnson at 541-791-0031 or visit our cross connection and backflow page.

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Bret Johnson, Cross Connection Specialist, testing a backflow device.
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