Backflow Prevention Program
Cross Connection Control Program Purpose Backflow Assembly Devices FAQs Certified Tester
Information Forms Notice Letters Backflow Standard Details Resources & Links
Cross-Connection Control safeguards our public drinking water and protects the health of our customers by maintaining a high level of backflow prevention and cross-connection control. Fulfilling this mission is accomplished through careful planning, aggressive implementation, constant follow up, continued education and the combined cooperation of the health agency, the water purveyor and the consumer.
The City of Buckeye through its water quality program is committed to delivering high quality water to its customers on a continual basis. Prior to delivering water to our customers, precise treatment and extensive tests have been performed to ensure its quality meets Federal and State drinking water standards.
An important part of our water quality program requires the protection of the potable water supply from the possibility of contamination or pollution by enacting and enforcing a containment (secondary) backflow prevention program. The City’s potable water distribution system is designed to keep the water flowing in one direction from the distribution system through the water meter to the customer’s water system. However, when hydraulic conditions within the system deviate from the “normal” conditions, water flow can be reversed. When this condition, known as backflow or backsiphonage occurs, water can re-enter the public potable distribution system. Cross-connections are the links through which it is possible for contaminating materials from a non-potable source to enter the potable water supply. This program promotes the elimination of actual or potential cross-connections between public potable water system and the consumer’s water systems through the use of external backflow containment assemblies.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality requires the installation and annual testing of an approved backflow assembly at each of these hazardous cross-connections. This testing is done by private certified testers who have completed and passed a course of study approved by the State. A list of the certified testers currently recognized by the City of Buckeye is available on our useful links page or by contacting the Environmental Compliance Division at 623-349-6127.