Cross-Connection Control Program

Certified Backflow Test Technician Section

Testing and inspection of all containment backflow prevention assemblies within the jurisdiction of EPWU must be performed by certified backflow prevention technicians. A certified backflow prevention technician is a person who is approved to test, maintain, inspect and repair backflow prevention assemblies within the jurisdictional limits of the utility. The Technician’s primary responsibility is to El Paso Water Utilities. The technician must have completed a training course on cross-connection control and backflow prevention approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and agreed to abide by the established Code of Ethics by signing said document. In the event the certified tester fails to comply with EPWU Rules and Regulation and the Code of Ethics, his right to test, maintain, inspect, or repair backflow assemblies as a listed El Paso Water Utilities Certified Backflow Prevention Technician may be revoked.

Technician classifications are as follows:

  1. General Tester and Repairman
  2. A General Tester is qualified to test and repair backflow prevention assemblies on any domestic, commercial, industrial or irrigation service. Exception: Firelines - see Fireline Tester and Repairman.

  3. Fireline Tester and Repairman

A Fireline Tester is qualified to test and repair backflow prevention assemblies on firelines only. The Texas Fire Marshall’s office requires that a person performing maintenance on firelines must be employed by an approved fireline contractor.

For more details concerning test technician requirements, please refer to page 29 of EPWU’s Cross-Connection Control Manual of Procedures.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the certification training program through independent private sector firms. For more information concerning ceretification training, please visit TCEQ’s backflow assembly testing licensing webpage at:

http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/compliance/compliance_support/licensing/backflow.html

Viking II, Inc., and Sundance Irrigation Training are two companies that are offering certification classes locally. Below are their website addresses.