Example of an Inadvertent Cross-Connection

Placing a hose directly into a container where the chemicals and water can mix may be all it takes to inadvertently introduce harmful chemicals into your drinking water. How?
  • Faulty Plumbing Connection: The chemicals in the tank can enter the outlet end of the submerged water hose and potentially contaminate the water system.
    • Once the toxic solution enters the plumbing or public water line it can be potentially consumed or used by unsuspecting people.
  • Pipeline Break: When a pipe break or opening occurs, there is a loss of water pressure in the pipe distribution system. As a result of loss of pressure, a backflow event may occur when the non-potable water is back-siphoned into the pipe distribution system.