To protect public health, our Cross Connection Control (CCC) and Backflow Prevention Program is committed to help and protect the City's drinking water system from potential contamination.
A physical connection between drinkable water and liquid or gas that could make the water unsafe to drink. Wherever there is a cross connection, there is a potential threat to public health from the liquid or gas contaminants.
Water is flowing in the opposite of its intended direction, either from a loss of pressure in the supply lines or an increase in pressure on the customer’s side. In either of these situations, if any affected customer’s pipes include a cross connection, contaminants could be drawn through the cross connection into that customer’s pipes and if the backflow continues, even into the water mains.
Your Role as a Water Customer
By taking steps to control cross connections and prevent the possibility of backflow at your home, you will help to protect the public water supply and ensure that your family continues to enjoy safe drinking water. Garden hoses and irrigation systems are common concerns, but there are other common residential sources of cross connections, too.
Garden Hoses and Backflow
The garden hose is the most common cross connection. Each of following common uses of a garden hose sets up a cross connection:
- Forcing it into a clogged gutter, downspout, or sewer pipe to flush out the clog
- Connecting it directly to a hose-end sprayer to apply pesticide or fertilizer to your yard
- Connecting it to a soap-and-brush attachment to wash your car, boat, or siding
- Letting the end of the hose lie in a puddle or pool of water on the ground
No doubt you can think of other examples. In each of these cases, if backflow happens, your household’s water lines could be contaminated. Depending on how long the backflow event lasts, the contamination could spread to the public drinking water system. Fortunately, there are two inexpensive ways to solve this problem:
Make sure that the end of your garden hose is never become submerged in or connected to a nonpotable substance. This solution is free, but not highly reliable. Can you always be this careful?
Install a hose bibb vacuum breaker on each of your outside faucets. These inexpensive devices are designed to allow water to flow in only one direction. You can find them at most home supply stores and through plumbing suppliers. Before you use a hose-end sprayer, you should first install a hose bibb vacuum breaker at the faucet.
Irrigation Systems and Backflow
As a homeowner, you may install and maintain your own irrigation system, but it is still important to have a suitable backflow prevention assembly (BPA) in place and to be sure that it works properly.
City of Panama City Beach Water System’s Role
Our water system’s role begins with good system maintenance and sound operations. By replacing pipes before they break, taking steps to ensure that system pressures do not fall during periods of high demand, and asking for the cooperation of customers when there is a risk that system pressures could fall below safe levels, reduces the risk of backflow.
The City identifies locations where the risk of cross connection is high and ensure that the proper measures are taken to minimize that risk. Below are example of businesses that would be required to install high-grade backflow prevention assemblies and have them tested by a certified tester annually:
- Minor Surgery Centers
- Chemical plants
Another aspect of an effective Cross Connection Control Program is the customer service inspection (CSI). Your public water system must require a CSI to be performed under the following circumstances:
- All new construction;
- Existing customers that have had substantial plumbing modifications;
- Existing customers whenever there is a reason to suspect that a hazard or a source of contamination may be present.
The City staff will notify customers if a CSI is required. You will need to contact any authorized plumbing company to perform the inspection and provide it to the City. Below is a list of authorized pluming companies that can perform CSIs:
|PARTIAL LIST OF CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS|
|Certified Technicians||Certification Number||Phone Number|
|Advanced Connections, LLC||FWPCOA-5059||850-766-1106|
|Advance Fire Protection Services||T03-07-6590||
|Backflow Prevention Testing||TREEOA01920889||850-265-6851|
|B&C Fire Safety Inc.||D08-12-8805||850-862-7812|
|Bill McGinn||NETTI # 693||850-866-4164|
|David Piercy||NETTI # 1066||850-774-6061|
|Glen Cowan||D12-00-3778||850-747-7190 or 850-271-1682|
|Glen Salyer Dba Roto Rooter||CFC045995||850-785-9699 or 850-769-3666|
|Hiller Fire Systems||D07-04-5658||850-659-7555 or 850-259-0675|
|Tri State Plumbing||D10-08-8260||850-249-8720 or 850-637-4842|
|Harold Register||D11983153||850-638-1221 or 850-415-2187|
|Jim Harris||NETTI # 643||850-866-6113 or 850-763-3154|
|Lumley Plumbing Co.||RF-0056797||850-785-9571|
|McCoy Fire & Safety Inc.||A04-14-9604||334-501-2228|
|Pair A Dice Plumbing||BT5435||850-258-0264|
|Larry Prestwood LLC||D10-01-4942||850-234-2476|
|Robert Buffington||NETTI # 845||850-596-3900|
|Ronnie Walters||NETTI # 809||850-234-9107 or 850-874-5657|
|Royal Flush Plumbing||FWPCOA-3771 & 918||850-2365852|
|Seago Fire Protection||D03-11-9208||850-836-2288 or 850-527-2326|
|Terry McCall Plumbing LLC||BT12802||850-832-6535|
|Whitehead Plumbing, Inc.||CFC0191169||850-785-9227|
|* Please be advised that this list is not all inclusive; there may be other technicians available in the area.|
For more information, please contact City's Cross Connection Control Program Staff:
Phone: (850) 233-5100, ext. 2403
Phone: (850) 233-5100, ext. 2412