Every day, the Village of Richmond proudly supplies an average of 200,000 gallons of water to its citizens, exceeding the minimum quality requirements set by the EPA.  Before the water is pumped to your home or business, it has been carefully treated and tested regularly to ensure its quality.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Title 35 Part 653 requires residential customers of a municipal water system to report potential cross connection hazards to the water system once every five years.  Residential customers are required to complete the cross connection survey on page 2.  Commercial and Industrial customers are required to report once every two years.

Congress established the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1974 to protect human health from contaminants in drinking water and to prevent contamination of existing groundwater supplies.  This Act and its amendments (1986 and 1996) require many actions to protect drinking water and its sources.  One of these actions is the installation and maintenance of approved backflow prevention assembly at the water service connection whenever a potential hazard is determined to exist.  Without proper protection devices, cross connections can occur.  A cross connection between your drinking water and another source of water that combines the two can result in a backflow condition which can cause contamination.  Backflow is when the water in your pipes goes backward (the opposite directions from the normal flow).

The following are some conditions where pollutants, contaminants and plumbing hazards might occur:

·         Underground lawn irrigation systems

·         Swimming pools or hot tubs

·         Photo, chemical, medical or other lab facilities

·         Private wells and secondary water service lines

·         Lawn and garden chemical sprayers attached to hoses

·         Other potential cross connections: boilers, fire protections systems, in-home water treatment systems, solar heating, car washes, decorative ponds and soaking tubs in laundry areas.

The Village of Richmond Water Department protects the water entering your system.  However, it is your responsibility to protect the water on your property or in your home.  For more information about Cross-Connection, visit the following websites to search for cross connection control:  American Backflow Prevention Association, www.abpa.org. or Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.state.il.us.


Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Thank you

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* 1. Name & Address

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* 2. Service type?

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* 3. Underground lawn irrigation system?

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* 4. Swimming pool or hot tub?

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* 5. Photo lab, chemical, medical, or other lab facilities?

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* 6. Private well or second water service source?

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* 7. Lawn or garden chemical sprayer attached to hose?

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* 8. Water Softener?

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* 9. Boiler/hot water heater?

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* 10. Do you have a backflow device? If so, please describe below.