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Cross-Connection Control Recognition Program

Public water systems that go above and beyond the minimum requirements can be recognized by the TCEQ for their efforts. Learn more about how to nominate and the criteria for recognition. The Texas Cross-Connection Control Recognition Program heralds the effort, dedication, and contribution public water supplies make to the state and to protecting public health of all citizens. We extend this program to all water systems in the state. Each year, water systems in Texas will be recognized for their outstanding performance for the preceding calendar year.


Cross-Connection Control Recognition Award

This award recognizes PWSs that have implemented and are maintaining an exceptional Cross-Connection Control Program, protecting their distribution system from contamination.


To be recognized for having an outstanding Cross-Connection Control Program, a PWS must meet these criteria:

  • Has successfully developed and implemented a cross-connection control program that includes these components:
    • Identify sources of potential contaminants and ensure that adequate protections against backflow or siphoning are in place, as required in Title 30 Texas Administrative Code 290.44(h) Exit the TCEQ.
    • Adopt a plumbing ordinance, plumbing regulations, or service agreement that prohibits cross connections and other unacceptable practices, as required in 30 TAC 290.46(i) Exit the TCEQ.
    • Has a program of completing customer service inspection (CSI) certificates on new construction, material improvements to existing private facilities, or any time the PWS has reason to believe that either a cross connection or another potential contaminant hazard exists, as required in 30 TAC 290.46(j) Exit the TCEQ.
  • During the 12 months prior to nomination, has:
    • ensured proper cross-connection control at all water treatment facilities
    • received no cross-connection control-related violations at these facilities
    • no Total Coliform Rule violations
    • been subject to no active enforcement actions
    • had a customer education program that educated customers about cross-connection control and backflow prevention

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Past Winners of the Outstanding Cross-Connection Control Program Award

  • City of Richmond
  • City of Universal City
  • City of Wylie
  • El Paso County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4
  • El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board
  • Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 25

Congratulations to each of our winners!

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How Can My PWS Become Eligible for This Award?

  • To demonstrate successful implementation of a cross-connection control program, include these items in the nomination package:
    • a copy of the most recently completed backflow prevention assembly test and maintenance report form
    • a list of all backflow prevention assemblies installed to provide protection from health hazards, with the dates of the annual tests of these assemblies
    • a copy of the adopted plumbing ordinance, plumbing regulations, or service agreement
    • a copy of most recently completed CSI certificate.
  • To demonstrate that a customer education program has been in place for the previous 12 months, include an accurate description of that program.

If you have questions about this award or what you can do to ensure that your water system qualifies in the future, contact our Cross Connection Control Program.

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