- Backflow / Cross Connection Information
The purpose of the Branson Utilities Department Cross-Connection Control program is to protect the public potable water system from contamination or pollution that could backflow into the public water supply system. There are two degrees of hazards that can degrade water quality.
Class 1 Hazard-Means any condition, device, or practice connected to the public water system that could create a danger to the health and well-being of the water user. All facilities identified as Class I must protect the public water supply with an air gap separation or a reduced pressure principle backflow assembly (RP) on the service line to the facility.
Following are examples (but not limited to) of Class 1 facilities; Hospitals, medical buildings, morgues, car washes, manufacturing facilities, laboratories, commercial laundries, facilities with auxiliary water systems, food preparation facilities with chemical injection equipment, fire sprinkler systems using any chemical additives, waterscapes, pools, spas, and any other facility that could permit introduction of any substance that could create a health hazard.
Class II Hazard-Means any actual or potential threat to the public water system which would constitute a nuisance or be aesthetically objectionable or could cause minor damage to the water system, but not be dangerous to health. All class II facilities will require an approved air gap separation, a reduced pressure principle backflow assembly, or a double check valve assembly on the service line to the facility.
Following are examples (but not limited to) of Class II facilities; Food preparation facilities without chemical injection equipment, fire sprinkler systems without chemical additives, multi-story buildings, irrigation systems not using chemical additives, and all other cross-connections that could introduce pollution hazards.
All backflow prevention devices must be tested annually by a State Certified Tester and provided to the City.