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You may be asking just what is a cross-connection.

It's a physical connection from something that contains potable water to something that holds nonpotable water. This gives you the potential for water contamination.

The most common cross-connection problems now a days homes bring in sewage, herbicides, insecticides, and garden fertilizer to your drinking water system. However a cross-connection dose not have to involve potable water.

Two problems have to occur at the same time before your water supply can become contaminated. A physical croee-connection has to exist. Then a backflow situation has to occur to pull the contaminated water through the cross-connection and into the noncontaminated water. The backflow situation can occur when thers a main water line break within the street or if you have a well, and it has a break deep with in the well. As your in line water now flows backwards towards the break, the reversal of flow creates the pull that can suck the water right from your home and into the street or your well.

 

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May 17, 2008 03:49 PM
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Dale - You are 100% correct on this one. I have seen many water main breaks in San Antonio that did exactly what you said, literlly sucked the water from homes and run down the street until the utility company would get out and make appropriate repairs. We are talking thousands of gallons of water running down the street. Much of this infastructure needs to be replaced.

May 17, 2008 09:51 PM
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Howdy Carl

Glad to have ya stop by to visit.

I have also seen the same thing happen in areas.

It dose not take long for that much water to just run down the street, thats for sure.

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May 18, 2008 01:56 AM
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Dale - A question - do you think this happens more in area's because of ground movement? When they replace these water mains what are they replacing them with, the same type or a newer type? It would be interestng to investigate sometime. I would think a newer type to replace the one's that were put in decades ago.

May 18, 2008 09:02 AM
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Howdy Carl

I always look forward to you visiting.

I think the water lines do break, sometimes from ground movement. I also think sometimes they don't put the lines in the ground, down far enough, so when big truck's shake the ground as they drive down a road. I do think they are useing newer ones.

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