Cross Connection - Backflow Prevention program
The Arkansas Department of Health requires that a public water system institute a cross-connection control program to protect the distribution system from backflow caused by cross-connections. The Arkansas State Plumbing Code mandates that only a licensed plumber install an RPZA. State plumbing and health codes further require the testing of the RPZA within 10 days of installation and annually thereafter.
Only personnel with Backflow Assembly Tester Technician certification from the Arkansas Health Department may test backflow assemblies within the City of Benton. The technician must submit the test results to Benton Water Distribution Department. Failure to comply with the cross-connection control requirements may result in the discontinuation of service. An RPZA installation must be above ground on the customers’ side of the meter and before the first point of use. An installation inside a building must be in a location that provides for adequate drainage for discharge.