Lawn Sprinklers Cross Connection Notice

LOCAL NEWS BRIEF April 10, 2015

Westchester - Cross Connection Control Notice: LAWN SPRINKLERS

WESTCHESTER – As you may already know, the Village of Westchester has elected to move forward with an eco-friendly online cross connection control (backflow preventer) tracking program. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires every water supplier to develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program for the elimination of existing cross connections and prevention or protection from all future cross connections.

Cross connections are sometimes protected by a valve called a backflow preventer (RPZ). Backflow preventers (RPZ) are the property of the water customer and the responsibility lies with the customer for required annual testing and maintenance. The water customer must contract with a licensed tester to perform the required annual tests and any necessary repairs. Most plumbing contractors are now certified to test backflow preventers (RPZ). There are costs associated with testing and maintaining backflow preventers.

Backflow preventers (RPZ) may be found at any number of locations on your water systems. Typically, commercial & industrial customers will have backflow preventers (RPZ) just after the water meter and also on wet fire protection systems. They also have to be on lawn irrigation systems, boilers, and other water connections throughout their facilities that require backflow protection.

Residential backflow preventers (RPZ) must be on lawn irrigation systems, wet fire protection systems, hot water heating (boiler) systems, swimming pool fills, water features, etc. Backflow preventers (RPZ) may also be required if there is another water source on the site such as a well, pond, river, etc.

Note that lawn sprinkler systems will be starting up soon. Plumbing Code requires that your backflow preventer (RPZ) be tested when the backflow preventer is re-installed every season. If one does not exist it must be installed prior to start up.

The contractor hired to implement and oversee Westchester’s backflow program is Aqua Backflow. They specialize in cross connection control program implementation and management. If you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (testing, repairs, installations, inspections, or surveys) by Aqua Backflow. Questions can be directed to Aqua Backflow locally at 847-742-2296. Vince the Westchester Backflow Coordinator (water operator) can be reached at 708-606-1479.

The Westchester Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health. We ask for your cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for information that come from Aqua Backflow or Utility staff.