6. Why does Sweetwater Authority require Backflow Devices on water services?

Per California code of Regulations Titles 17 and 22, Sweetwater Authority is required to protect the public water supply from contamination by implementation of a cross-connection control program.

  1. The adoption of operating rules or ordinances to implement the cross-connection program.
  2. The conducting of surveys to identify water user premises where cross-connections are likely to occur 
  3. The provisions of backflow protection by the water user at the user's connection or within the user's premises or both 
  4. The provision of at least one person trained in cross-connection control to carry out the cross-connection program 
  5.  The establishment of a procedure or system for testing backflow preventers 
  6. The maintenance of records of locations, tests, and repairs of backflow preventers

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1. 1. Why is Sweetwater Authority required to review jurisdictional building, grading, or improvement plans (currently in review or approved) for my project?
2. 2. Why is Sweetwater Authority required to inspect the size of my existing/proposed private water supply pipeline?
3. 3. If I already have a water service serving my site, why do I need to inform Sweetwater Authority about the project and/or submit City or County plans?
4. 4. Must I notify Sweetwater Authority of a connection to its distribution system, change of water meter use, or “Material Change” to my water service (e.g. Building Permit, tenant improvement, etc.)?
5. 5. Why does Sweetwater Authority not allow me to tap and connect to my existing water service to serve my accessory dwelling unit?
6. 6. Why does Sweetwater Authority require Backflow Devices on water services?