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1 City of Milwaukee Cross Connection Program Construction Trades Division Cross Connection Section

2 Why is Milwaukee conducting Cross Connection Surveys? Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) passed by congress in 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) passed by congress in 1974 Department of Natural Resources: Department of Natural Resources: NR Milwaukee Code of Ordinances: Milwaukee Code of Ordinances: Volume

3 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to protect drinking water and its sources, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and ground water wells. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to protect drinking water and its sources, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and ground water wells.

4 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) SDWA applies to every public water system in the United States. SDWA applies to every public water system in the United States. The responsibility for making sure these public water systems provide safe drinking water is divided among US EPA, states, tribes, water systems, and the public. The responsibility for making sure these public water systems provide safe drinking water is divided among US EPA, states, tribes, water systems, and the public.

5 Department of Natural Resources NR Cross-connections and interconnections CROSS-CONNECTION CONTROL PROGRAM. CROSS-CONNECTION CONTROL PROGRAM. The supplier of water for every municipal water system shall develop and implement a comprehensive control program for the elimination of all existing cross-connections and prevention of all future cross- connections. The supplier of water for every municipal water system shall develop and implement a comprehensive control program for the elimination of all existing cross-connections and prevention of all future cross- connections.

6 Milwaukee Code of Ordinances Cross-Connection Control Regulations PURPOSE. The purpose of this section is to protect consumers and public water supply system of the city from the possibility of contamination or pollution due to a backflow of contaminants into building plumbing and/or into the public water supply system PURPOSE. The purpose of this section is to protect consumers and public water supply system of the city from the possibility of contamination or pollution due to a backflow of contaminants into building plumbing and/or into the public water supply system.

7 Memorandum of Understanding The Department of Neighborhood Services through a Memorandum of Understanding established a Cross Connection Control Program for the Milwaukee Water Works. The Department of Neighborhood Services through a Memorandum of Understanding established a Cross Connection Control Program for the Milwaukee Water Works. The program began in 2005 to conduct inspections of commercial buildings on a ten year periodic cycle. The program began in 2005 to conduct inspections of commercial buildings on a ten year periodic cycle.

8 What is a Cross Connection? To help better understand Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control we will now show a 14 minute video prepared by the American Water Works Association addressing this concern. To help better understand Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control we will now show a 14 minute video prepared by the American Water Works Association addressing this concern.

9 Cross Connection Control Program Approximately 15,800 commercial water accounts serve buildings in Milwaukee. Approximately 15,800 commercial water accounts serve buildings in Milwaukee. Six Plumbing Inspectors will be conducting the inspections under this program. Six Plumbing Inspectors will be conducting the inspections under this program. The Plumbing Inspectors developed a reference manual identifying the various types of cross connection configurations and the proper cross connection control devices to correct them. The Plumbing Inspectors developed a reference manual identifying the various types of cross connection configurations and the proper cross connection control devices to correct them.

10 Cross Connection Survey What to Expect Most inspections are initiated as a cold call. Most inspections are initiated as a cold call. A visual inspection of all exposed water supply piping from the water meter to the point of use. A visual inspection of all exposed water supply piping from the water meter to the point of use. Identification all cross connections observed during the visual inspection. Identification all cross connections observed during the visual inspection. A review of all existing testable assembles and their required annual inspection and test reports. A review of all existing testable assembles and their required annual inspection and test reports.

11 Inspection Results If no cross connections are observed the inspection is recorded as passed. If no cross connections are observed the inspection is recorded as passed. If cross connections are observed the Department of Neighborhood Services will send an Inspection Report and Order to Correct Conditions. If cross connections are observed the Department of Neighborhood Services will send an Inspection Report and Order to Correct Conditions. The property will be recorded as failed until the corrections have been made and re- inspected. The property will be recorded as failed until the corrections have been made and re- inspected.

12 Typical Cross Connections Apartments Apartments - Laundry Tub Faucets - Hose Faucets - Boilers

13 Typical Cross Connections Office Buildings Office Buildings - Boilers - Chillers - Soap Dispensers - Water Closets - Coffee Makers

14 Typical Cross Connections Restaurants Restaurants - Beverage Dispensers - Food Grinders - Steamer - Dishwasher - Glass Washer - Soap Dispenser - Hose and Spray

15 Typical Cross Connections Manufacturing Plants Manufacturing Plants - Chemical Dispensers - Chemical Dispensers - Cooling Towers - Boilers - Boilers - Hose Faucets - Equipment using Potable Water

16 Hose Bibb

17 Janitors Faucet

18 Laundry Tub Faucets

19 Hose Bibbs – Medical Whirlpool

20 Hose and Spray

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22 Fill Valve

23 Backflow Preventer

24 Boilers

25 Electric Boiler

26 Cooling Towers

27 Coffee Makers

28 Carbonator

29 Carbonator

30 Soap Dispenser

31 Commercial Dishwasher

32 Parts Washer

33 Chemical Dispenser

34 Time Frame for Corrections The typical Inspection Report and Order to Correct Conditions will provide 30 days to correct. The typical Inspection Report and Order to Correct Conditions will provide 30 days to correct. For more unusual cross connection conditions a longer time for compliance may be specified. For more unusual cross connection conditions a longer time for compliance may be specified. Appeals for additional time to comply are made to the Standards and Appeals Commission. Appeals for additional time to comply are made to the Standards and Appeals Commission.

35 Correcting Cross Connections Hose thread vacuum breakers may be installed without a permit by anyone. Hose thread vacuum breakers may be installed without a permit by anyone. A licensed plumber working under a permit is required for any other form of cross connection correction. A licensed plumber working under a permit is required for any other form of cross connection correction.

36 Order Compliance Call for re-inspection by owner or plumbing contractor. Call for re-inspection by owner or plumbing contractor. Re-inspection of cross connection violations. Re-inspection of cross connection violations. An abated status is provided on the Inspection Report and Order to Correct Conditions if all items are addressed. An abated status is provided on the Inspection Report and Order to Correct Conditions if all items are addressed. The property status is changed from failed to passed. The property status is changed from failed to passed.

37 See You in Ten Years We have a display table with examples of cross connection control devices and a copy of the reference manual. We have a display table with examples of cross connection control devices and a copy of the reference manual. We will take questions at this time. We will take questions at this time.


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