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Sun Times Feature Story

Keeping our drinking water safe: Backflow and cross-connection control panel

 HOLLYWOOD - The City of Hollywood provides water service to more than 140,000 permanent residents and tens of thousands of seasonal residents and visitors each year. More than seven billion gallons of drinking water is produced for customers annually. The quality of Hollywood’s drinking water has earned the City numerous honors and awards for excellence.
    Each year, through the Backflow and Cross-Connection Control Program, commercial and multifamily property owners are responsible for certifying their water lines do not contain backflow or cross-connection contamination hazards. The yearly certification is meant to help protect the public drinking water supply. Private homeowners do not need to certify their property.
    The Backflow and Cross-Connection Control Program is one of the steps mandated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and implemented through the Department of Health.
   The City of Hollywood Department of Public Utilities is currently conducting field verification of backflow prevention assemblies at commercial properties in Hollywood. Notifications were sent to commercial property owners this spring providing information on this annual requirement and the steps they need to take to ensure the proper backflow prevention assembly device is in place and functioning properly as part of their plumbing system.
   Commercial property owners who received a notification are asked to contact the City of Hollywood’s Chief Plumbing Inspector Alan Corriveau at 954.921.3335 or by email at to ensure they meet the requirements and their water service is uninterrupted.  No action is required of private homeowners.

    For additional information on the Backflow and Cross-Connection Control Program please contact the Department of Public Utilities at 954.921.3335.