Protecting Our Water
Our water supply can be contaminated if cross connection occurs … and these situations can happen more often than you might think.
A cross connection occurs when the water supply comes into direct contact with a contaminant. For example, when a hose is attached to a pesticide sprayer, a dangerous cross connection is created. If a drop in water pressure occurs, the hose could act as a link and subsequently siphon the pesticide in the sprayer back into the drinking water supply.
Since 1992, City of Regina bylaws require the installation of backflow prevention devices in new homes and buildings. To enforce the bylaw, the City inspects all new and existing commercial, institutional and industrial facilities as well as apartment buildings to ensure that potentially harmful cross connections are addressed.