Providence Water Cross-Connection Control Program
Safe drinking water is a scientific, budgetary, and emotional issue, and the need for cost effective
services coupled with a stringent quality assurance program cannot be
overstated. Cross-connections between water supplies and non-potable sources of
contamination represent one of the most significant threats to health in the water supply
industry. This program is therefore designed to maintain the safety and potability of the
water in the system by preventing the introduction of any foreign liquids, gases, and other
substances, other than water from the intended sources, to provide protection from actual
or potential cross-connections.
This program derives its authority from: The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires that
the water purveyor has the primary responsibility for preventing water from unapproved
sources, or any other substances, from entering the public potable water system. This intent
is further clarified in the Rhode Island General Law Section 46-13-22 (Cross-Connection
Control) and The Rhode Island Health Department Rules and Regulations Pertaining to
Drinking Water, Section 9.4 (Cross-Connection Control), which are hereby incorporated by reference.
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