Utility - Public Notice
GILLETT WATER DEPARTMENT
The Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requires inspections of all buildings for water pipe cross connection. This includes commercial and residential structures. The Gillett Water Department will be completing the inspections
Cross Connections are connections which allow non-drinkable water to infiltrate a public drinkable water supply. Cross connection can occur when a drop in the City’s water system pressure and allows water to flow back (backflow) into the water distribution system.
Examples of potential backflow situations are:
- Hoses in laundry tubs.
- Underground sprinkler systems.
- Sinks with faucets lower than the height of the washbasin.
- Water softener drains.
- Power washers with detergent.
- Hand-held fertilizer bottles attached to garden hoses.
- Garden hoses left in swimming pools.
If a loss in system pressure were to occur, a potential (backflow) could occur with these items connected.
The City’s distribution system pressure can potentially drop during a water main break or when a water main is shut down for repairs. These situations are prevented with backflow prevention devices.
Types of Backflow Preventers:
- Air Gap Separation
- Reduced Pressure Devices
- Double check Valves
- Pressure Vacuum Breaker
The Cross Connection Prevention Program will include the following steps:
- Notification to the property owner of an inspection by the Gillett Water Department.
- Inspections of buildings by the Gillett Water Department, including business and residential, to identify potential cross connections.
- Written notification to the property owner of corrections that need to be made. A reasonable time frame will be given to correct problem.
- Record keeping of any correction made.
- Follow up inspections by the Gillett Water Department.
The Gillett Water Utility is required to inspect until all residences and business have been inspected and reported to the DNR. Property Owners will be contacted prior to the inspection by the Gillett Water Department.
If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Ron Anderson, Gillett Water Operator at 920-855-2315.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:55)