Cross Connection Control
To protect the public water supply against backflow contamination caused by back pressure or back siphonage (referred to as “backflow”). Plumbing cross-connections are defined as actual or potential connections between a potable and non-potable water supply, and can pose a significant public health hazard.
New York State Public Health Law, Article 225: Title 10 NYS Codes, Rules and Regulations, Part 5-1.31.
- Review and approve plans and specifications for the installation of backflow prevention devices.
- Consult with NYSDOH, suppliers of water, design engineers, mechanical contractors, plumbers, NYSDOH certified backflow device testers and concerned citizens.
- Conduct site and construction inspections as necessary.
- Issue Completed Works Approvals.
- Investigate complaints.
- Conduct enforcement actions.
Application is made by filling out the New York State Department of Health form titled, Application For Approval of Backflow Prevention Devices, “DOH-347.” Plans, specifications and an engineer’s report describing the project in detail must accompany all applications. The project must first be submitted to the local water supply official for review. The water supplier will then forward the submittal to the Monroe County Department of Public Health for review. The water supplier will forward the application packet, with accompanying signature by a designated representative, and a letter of authorization. Four copies of the application, plans, specifications and descriptive literature must be submitted.
Cross Connection Documents
- Application For Approval of Backflow Prevention Devices, (form DOH-347)
- List of New York State Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies, The USC FCCCHR List
- Report on Test and Maintenance of Backflow Prevention Devices, (form DOH-1013)
- Guidelines for Designing Backflow Device Installations Supplement
- Part 5-1.31 New York State Sanitary Code (Cross Connection Control)
- Single and Dual Family Residential Customers (NYSDOH), PWS-12
- NYSDOH Certified Backflow Testers - County Listing
- NYSDOH Approved Backflow Prevention Device Testers Certification Courses
- New York State Department of Health Cross Connection Control Program
- USEPA Cross Connection Control Manual