Backflow Ordinance

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TITLE 14 Chapter 4 CROSS CONNECTION ORDINANCE

14-4-1. Short Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Sandy City Cross Connection Ordinance", and may be so cited.

14-4-2. Purpose.

The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the Sandy City Public Drinking Water System from contamination or pollution by isolating within its customer’s internal distribution system(s) or its customers private water system(s) such contaminants or pollutants which could backflow or back-siphon into the Sandy City Public Drinking Water System.

14-4-3 Duty to Implement.

Sandy City Public Utilities and Community Development Department shall be charged with implementing the terms of this ordinance.

14-4-4 General requirements.

All connections to the Sandy City Public Drinking Water System shall conform to the current Plumbing Code as adopted by the State of Utah, the State of Utah Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems, and the Sandy City water ordinances, Title 14, Revised Ordinances of Sandy City.

14-4-5 Discontinuing Service Where Unprotected Cross Connections Exists.

Service of water to any building or location may, in the direction of Sandy City, be discontinued if a backflow prevention assembly or device required by this Chapter is not installed, tested, and maintained, or if a backflow prevention assembly or device has been removed, by-passed, or if an unprotected cross connection exists at the building or location. Where the Director of Public Utilities, or his or her designee, determines that the risk to the Sandy City Water system is a serious threat to health or safety, then he or she may immediately terminate water service to a building or location. The Department of Public Utilities may refuse to restore water service to such building or location until such conditions or defects are corrected. The City shall give reasonable notice to the customer and/or owner of the building or location of the termination of water service to a building or location, and where the consumer could not reasonably be so notified before termination, then notice shall be given promptly afterwards.

14-4-6 Rules and Specifications.

All connections to the Sandy City Public Drinking Water System shall be subject to the requirements of the current Plumbing Code as adopted by the State of Utah, the Utah State Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems, and Sandy City water system rules, specifications, and regulations.

All cross-connections must be eliminated or protected by an approved method of backflow protection. Approved backflow protection shall be installed at each individual point of cross connection (plumbing code compliance) or at a point on the incoming service line behind the water meter, but before any service branch of the incoming water service line (meter protection).

14-4-7 Hazard Assessment Surveys and Inspections.

Periodic hazard assessment surveys shall be conducted on individual facilities served by the Sandy City Public Drinking Water System to determine compliance to this Ordinance. All new commercial and industrial facilities shall be inspected for compliance to this Ordinance prior to receiving a certificate of occupancy as issued by the Community Development Department. The Director of Public Utilities, or his or her designee shall conduct hazard assessment surveys and inspections.

14-4-8 Record Keeping.

The Sandy City Department of Public Utilities, Community Development Department, Fire Department, and the Parks and Recreation Department shall report all installations of backflow prevention devices, assemblies and methods of cross connection correction installed by or communicated to them, as those terms are defined in the current Plumbing Code as adopted by the State of Utah, the Utah State Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems, and Sandy City Water System rules, specifications, and regulations to the Sandy City Cross Connection Specialist. The Cross Connection Specialist shall maintain an inventory of all said assemblies, notify customers of annual testing requirements, and maintain, test and repair records on all said assemblies.