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200 Fiou Lane
Basalt, Colorado 81621
The Town of Basalt Public Works Department has developed
a cross connection program to protect its potable water supply from
contamination. The Town will implement this new program in the spring
Questions and Answers:
What is a cross connection?
A cross connection is any point in the water distribution system where
contaminants may come into contact with potable water. These contaminants
can either be drawn into the potable water system, in a situation were
the lines are depressurized for repair, or pushed back into the potable
water system by and auxiliary pump.
What is a backflow assembly?
A backflow prevention assembly installed at every point of cross connection
prevents contaminated water from entering the potable water distribution
system. A backflow prevention assembly, sometimes referred to as a "backflow
preventer" is designed to prevent backsiphonage or backpressure.
Why has the Town developed this program?
The Town has developed a cross connection program because the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment mandates us, "The Water
Supplier" to do so.
How does this program affect you, the water consumer?
The new program will require all Town of Basalt Water Consumers to test
their assemblies on a regular basis.
Who will inspect and test the backflow assemblies?
The consumer will be required to have their back flow prevention assemblies
tested by a certified technician, typically a plumbing contractor. The
Town will not test devices.
How will I know when the tests are required?
The Town will notify water consumers by mail.
Who will pay for the testing and repairing
of defective devices?
The water consumer will assume the cost of the testing and the repairing
of defective devices.
New Water Meter Information
The Town of Basalt Public Works Department is in the
process of changing our manual water meter reading system to an automated
meter reading system. Because water meters are typically located inside
of a home or business, it will be necessary for us to schedule an appointment
with you to gain access.
Questions and Answers:
How does the new system benefit the Town?
The new devices will make meter reading more efficient and precise.
It currently takes the Town Water Department five days to complete the
water bill cycle, we will cut this time in half with the new system.
The automated meter read system eliminates the challenge of locating
meter displays which are not always in a uniform pattern along a route,
or that may be covered with snow or vegetation. Animals penned in yards
also present problems for meter readers.
How does the new system benefit the consumer?
Once installed, the new system eliminates the need for a meter reader
to visit your premises. This offers you more privacy and convenience.
Automated meter reading systems also reduce human error assuring accurate
How long will my water service be interrupted?
Approximately 30 minutes.
How does the new system work?
A small device is attached to your water meter. It automatically reads
your water meter and transmits this data to a hand held device.
How long will the new devise work?
The life expectancy of the unit is 10 years.
How much will it cost me to have the automated system
Nothing, there is no charge for the equipment or the installation.
Will the automated system raise my rates?
Who will perform the installation?
Trained Town of Basalt Water Department employees will perform the installation.
Please call the Public Works Department
with any questions 927-4723.
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