The Township is responsible for protecting our municipal water system from pollutants and contaminates. As a result, Council adopted the Cross Connection By-law in 2007 that requires that homeowners to install, test and maintain annually all backflow preventers on their water services.

What is a “Cross-Connection”

A cross connection is defined as ‘any actual or potential connection between a potable water supply or system and any source of pollution or contamination.” Any cross-connections that are not protected again backflow (a flowing back or reversal of the normal direction of flow) are potentially a dangerous source of contamination. When backflow occurs through an unprotected cross-connection, contaminants can enter the municipal water system. This results in serious health effects.

Who is affected?

Bylaw 2007.87 applies to all industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural or multi-residential building or structure.


The program requires property owners to completed the following

  1. Test backflow prevention device when it is first installed and annually thereafter.
  2. Completion of Backflow Test and Inspection Report and submitted to the Township within 14 days of test being conducted
  3. After completing the Test Report, affix a Backflow Test Assembly Tag to the device or device immediately adjacent.
  4. Completion of the Cross Connection Survey Form every 5 years.
    • The survey is carried out by a qualified persons found on the Authorized Functions List.
    • The survey is provided to the Township within 14 days of completion.
  5. Submission of Certificate of Compliance Form, each year within 14 days of anniversary date of completing the Cross Connection Survey.