Cross-Connection / Backflow Prevention

Customer Service Inspections

The City of Temple routinely performs Customer Service Inspections (CSIs) of the entire Water Distribution system within our jurisdiction to monitor the system for potential contamination hazards. City staff continually inspects connections with the water infrastructure looking for cross connections in order to protect the health of our citizens and visitors.

CSI Inspect

Backflow Prevention Policy

In accordance with TCEQ Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems, and with City Ordinance No. 2001-2802, the Backflow Prevention Policy (PDF) states no water connection from any public drinking water system shall be allowed at any residence or establishment where an actual or potential contamination hazard exists, unless the public water system is protected by an air gap or backflow prevention assembly. All backflow prevention assemblies are required to be registered and tested to be in compliance:
  • Immediately after installation of assembly unit
  • Whenever the assembly is moved
  • A minimum of once per year (annually)
  • Prior to reoccupancy of premises that has been vacated/unoccupied for 1 year
  • Immediately after any repairs are made to the assembly unit

Test & Maintenance Report Form

The City's Test & Maintenance Report form (PDF) can be filled out online using Adobe Acrobat. However, once filled out, you will need to print the form, sign it and submit the original report to the Environmental Programs office. Reports are due no later than 10 days after installation and/or testing of the backflow assembly.
The certified tester must be registered with the City of Temple Environmental Programs office for reports to be considered valid. For an application to become a registered tester, click here.  

Water & Sewer Tap Fees

For new construction or for separate irrigation system taps, please contact our office for specific information.