Why is the City doing this program now?
Frankly if not now, when? The need for a program has existed since the city began supplying water to its residences. The water department has always prided itself on maintaining clean water for city residences; they strive to insure pure water is delivered in the distribution piping to each user. The plumbing inspection department has maintained strict enforcement of the plumbing code requirements for clean water, however things happen.

Piping is changed without permits, fires break out, and people will do dumb things. The State of Michigan knows this and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has established rules that water purveyors (suppliers) have to establish programs to maintain water quality. This is the origins of the City of East Lansing Cross Connection Control Program and Ordinance No. 1135.

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1. If water is under pressure how can I have backflow?
2. My outside faucets are new and have vacuum breakers built in, are there other things I need to be concerned about in back flow protection?
3. What is cross connection?
4. Why is the City doing this program now?
5. Is this an ongoing program?