Water and Utilities
CROSS CONNECTIONS CONTROL PROGRAM
Cross Connections Control Program:
The Village of Lakeview Water system is committed to providing residents with the safest and most reliable drinking water. Safeguarding the drinking water is a responsibility that everyone shares. As part of that responsibility, we have a cross connection control program to help protect the drinking water supply from contamination due to cross connections.
What is a Cross Connection?
A cross connection is a connection or arraignment of piping through which water of a questionable quality, wastes, or other contaminates could enter the drinking or portable water supply due to a reversal of flow.
There are several ways cross connections can happen. For example, a drinking water line may enter an industrial facility and be piped, or connected to, a chemical rinse tank. If the water flow were to reverse (due to a water line break outside, a fire in a neighboring structure or something similar), the chemicals could be sucked into the drinking water system. This type of event is called backsiphonage. If the chemical rinse tank was pressurized at a greater pressure than the drinking water system, the chemicals could be forced into the drinking water system. This type of event is known as backpressure.
Another example of a cross connection could be when filling a swimming pool with a garden hose. If the garden hose was submerged and a water line break occurred down the street, this could cause a loss in pressure and the contents of the pool could be “vacuumed” back into the water supply. This is another example of backsiphonage.
How do we prevent this?
Cross connections are prevented through one of two ways: physical separation or use of a backflow preventer. Physical separating means there is a gap of air between the source of contamination and the water supply.
Backflow preventers are used to ensure that cross connections do not occur in situations like the chemical rinse tank example. This mechanical device, if installed correctly and maintained, is designed to prevent contaminated water from entering the drinking water supply. There are many different types of backflow devices that can have different applications depending on the situation.
WHAT ARE OTHER EXAMPLES OF CROSS CONNECTIONS?
RESIDENTIAL CROSS CONNECTIONS:
- Water softeners
- Lawn irrigation systems
- Hoses submerged in pooled water
- Fire sprinkler systems
- Hot tubs
- Toilet fill valves
- Water assisted sump pumps
INDUSTRIAL OR COMMERCIAL:
- Lawn irrigation systems - Fire sprinkler systems
- Cooling towers - Chemical feed equipment
- Soap dispensers - Hose connections
- Food processing equipment - Dishwashers
- Laboratory equipment - Mop/slop sinks
HOW ARE CROSS CONNECTIONS REGULATED?
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) requires water utilities to have a cross connections control program. This is defined in Part 14 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. Additionally, the MDEQ has published a Cross Connection Rules Manual which more fully explains Cross Connection Control Programs. The Michigan Plumbing Code also has requirements regarding prevention of cross connections.
Documents and Links
The Village of Lakeview water and sewer utility bills are billed monthly and are due on the 20th of each month.
Payment can be completed in person at the Village Offices at 315 N. Lincoln Avenue in downtown Lakeview, dropped off in one of the Village's secure drop boxes located at the Washington Street entrance of the Post Office or in front of Village hall, or can be mailed to P.O. Box 30, Lakeview, Michigan 48850.
Online payments may be made at this link.
Please Note: Effective March 1, 2017, the charge for water turn on/off fees for the Village of Lakeview will be increased to $50.00.
Water and Sewer Account
In order to place an addresses water/sewer account in your name, you must come to the Village Offices and supply the Finance Department with proof of ownership or interest in this property. Acceptable documents include purchase agreements, deeds, lease agreements, or bills from other utilities in your name for the address.
For more information or questions regarding a utility bill, or to request an account change, please call our offices at (989) 352-6322.
How May We Help?
Village of Lakeview
315 Lincoln Avenue
Lakeview, Michigan 48850
Phone (989) 352-6322
Fax (989) 352-6378
Emergency: Phone 911