Backflow devices are required on all commercial, industrial and landscape customer water connection or as directed by RPU. Learn more about backflow protection requirements.
Backflow is the reversal of water's normal direction of flow. When water passes through a water meter into a customer's home or business it should not flow back into the City's water main. If it does, the condition is referred to as "backflow." Backflow prevention guards against the unintentional reversal of water flow.
Riverside Public Utilities is responsible for ensuring that the City of Riverside's water system remains free of contamination from backflow through cross-connections and has an established cross-connection control program. The program has assisted in protecting the City’s water system since 1968 when it was developed.
The California Department of Public Health requires that all public water suppliers implement and enforce a comprehensive cross-connection control program. As part of the program RPU must:
Details on this program are outlined in the Utility's Water Rule 13.
For additional information about this program contact:
Riverside Public Utilities – Water Operations
Cross Connection Control
2911 Adams Street
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 351-6320 or (951) 351-6282
Please note: It is ultimately the responsibility of the customer to follow up with their contracted tester and to assure that test reports have been submitted by their respective due dates.
Add your E-mail address and contact information to our Backflow Prevention database by providing the following information:Pease note, not all of RPU's Backflow Prevention documentation is sent via E-mail.
Specifications – Backflow prevention assemblies must conform to the following drawings and specifications.
Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies: - Backflow assemblies must be approved by the University of Southern California’s Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (USCFCCHR) and be on their list of approved backflow prevention assemblies. All makes, models, and sizes are listed.
There are six different types of approved backflow prevention assemblies as listed:
For Backflow Prevention Testers
Submit Test and Maintenance Reports by e-mail here.
Please note: E-mailed reporting is preferred by RPU staff as it provides both parties with confirmation of receipt of report and timely processing that can help avoid unnecessary fees for your clients.
Generic Test & Maintenance Report - Generic reports will only be accepted in the case of a service call out or the installation of a new device where no record of pending work has been generated.