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Protecting the integrity of our water supply is everyone’s responsibility. Chapter  12, Section 33 outlines the responsibilities of customers, testers and the Cross Connection Office summarized here.  For a complete understanding of responsibilities and requirements associated with cross connection devises, please consult the actual ordinance.

Customers are responsible for ensuring that no cross connections exist on their property
For a complete understanding of which devices, plumbing configurations and processes require the installation of cross connection devices, please consult the Uniform Plumbing Code.

Examples of residential cross-connections include, but are not limited to:

  • Lawn irrigation systems
  • Swimming pools
  • Boilers

Examples of commercial and industrial cross-connections include, but are not limited to:

Pressure Washers

Cooling Towers

Boilers and Stem Plants

Medial Facilities and Dental Offices

Restraunts/Food Service Facilities

Apartment Complexes

Auto Repair Shops

Manufacturing and Processing Plants

Facilities with Booster Pumps

Multi-storied Buildings


Most fire protection systems require the installation of a back-flow prevention device.

Customers are responsible for installing, maintaining and testing backflow prevention devices

  • The installation of backflow prevention devices must be done by a certified plumber.

  • A certified tester can complete the annual test once the device has been installed.  Certified testers can also be certified plumbers, but it is not required.

  • Backflow prevention devices must be inspected at least once a year.

Customers are responsible for providing records of installation and testing to the Cross Connection Office within 15 days of the work

  • Most testers will submit the paperwork, but it is the customer’s responsibility to make sure the paperwork is submitted.

  • If annual testing information is not received by the Cross Connection Office, the office will send notices to the customer informing you of the situation.

Cross Connection Office Responsibilities

  • We maintain records of all backflow prevention devices in operation.

  • We also maintain records of the annual tests performed on each backflow prevention devices.

  • Staff tracks each device installed to make sure annual testing is successfully completed.

Currently 7,702 backflow prevention devices are installed throughout the Cedar Rapids water system.

Cross Connection Control Office
Hours: 7:30-4:30 M-F

Phone: 319-286-5932
Fax: 319-286-5931

Email: backflow@cedar-rapids.org

1111 Shaver Rd. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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