Cross Connection Control

In accordance with the Village’s “cross connection control program” as mandated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Utility is required to conduct periodic inspections for ‘cross connections’ of the water supply. Inspections of residential properties are scheduled to occur in conjunction with any water meter maintenance or replacement appointments and also at ‘time of home sale’. The inspection is performed by Water Utility personnel and usually takes only 5 to 10 minutes of time.

The purpose of the inspection is to identify any connections or potential connections of contaminant sources with the public water supply system. The most typical example of a potential ‘cross connection’ is the outside hose spigot that does not contain a backflow prevention device on it. Newer homes will normally include backflow devices on the outside water spigots. Homes constructed before 1980 may need to install these backflow devices in order to comply with the Village’s ‘cross connection control ordinance. The required backflow devices also known as ‘hose bib vacuum breakers’ will be installed by the Utility as a service and convenience to the homeowner. You will be asked to acknowledge receipt of the ‘backflow device’ by signature and thereby agree to pay for any such devices via a ‘miscellaneous charge’ on your next water and sewer billing.

Cross connection control inspections are also a DNR requirement for commercial and industrial properties in the Village. The Utility is working with a contractor – Hydro Designs, Inc. to perform these more complex inspections. These inspections cover commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental facilities within the Village and are scheduled to occur every two years. The inspections will be preceded by a notice to the owner 14 days prior to the inspection date. The cooperation of all affected property owners throughout this inspection process is greatly appreciated by the Utility and Hydro Designs, Inc.