Cross Connection Control & Backflow Prevention

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The Cross Connection Control/Backflow Prevention program is a state-mandated program designed to protect the public's drinking water from contamination by identifying and eliminating cross connections.

Looking to Get Your Backflow Tested/Inspected? Listing of Certified Backflow Testers

The General Inspector provides the service of testing backflow prevention assemblies to the general public.

General - Backflow Prevention Equipment Certified Testers - 02/2024

Law

R.44-55-20 (6) and 44-55-40 (6) State Safe Drinking Water Act

Regulation

Cross Connection Control
Entire State Primary Drinking Water Regulations - See Section R.61-58.7 (F)
Lawn irrigation sprinkler - Policy Letter
Vertical Tube Test Procedure No Longer Allowed - Policy Letter

Program

Every public water system must initiate and maintain a viable cross connection control program. This is accomplished by surveying the distribution system for unprotected cross connections. Once identified, these connections can be controlled through the proper use of backflow prevention assemblies. The public water system must maintain accurate records pertaining to the location of existing backflow prevention assemblies, type and size of each assembly and annual testing results (see Backflow Assembly Test Report Form). All testing must be done by a state certified backflow prevention tester. Additionally, backflow prevention assemblies used in South Carolina must be on SC DHEC's (List of Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies for South Carolina).

Certification

The Backflow Assembly Tester Certification course is a rigorous four-day* course that meets SC DHEC standards for certification in backflow assembly prevention testing. Time is spent in the classroom and Wet Lab environments with experienced instructors. This course will educate students on how backflow may occur and how cross-connections should be protected or eliminated using approved assemblies, devices or methods. Students will receive many hours of practical/hands-on instruction on how to test backflow prevention assemblies and learn troubleshooting basics. Upon successful completion of a proctored practical exam and a written exam, students are awarded a certification as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester. There are no prerequisites or qualifications needed to attend this workshop, however experience in a water related industry is highly encouraged. For a class overview click here 

*Reciprocation: SC DHEC must be the certifying agency for all testers in SC. Please forward any current tester certifications from other agencies to our office or Mr. Steve Fox at foxsc@dhec.sc.gov. The agency will review and respond with instruction on how to proceed.

Recertification

A certified backflow prevention tester's license will expire every three years. In order to become re-certified, the tester will be required to take a 25-question, written exam and test a double check valve assembly, pressure vacuum breaker, and a reduced pressure principle assembly in the wet lab. The tester's differential gauge must be accurate to within 2% of full gauge scale or +/- 0.3 psi differential.

The two ways to complete the requirements for recertification are listed below.

  1. One way to renew your backflow certification license is to request a study guide from Mr. Steve Fox at foxsc@dhec.sc.gov. You can also print the study guide at this link (Backflow Recertification Study Guide).
  2. The second way to become re-certified is to go back through the state-sponsored backflow prevention certification workshop described under " Certification ."

Upcoming Workshops

To join our waiting list, please fill out the electronic form in the link below. If an opening becomes available, you will be notified by email, and/or phone call. You will receive a link to register for the available class.

Tester Certification Classes

Location Address Date Class Type Class
Availability
Registration Form
North Charleston, SC North Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418 Feb 06, 2024 – Feb 09, 2024 Tester Certification FULL FULL
Conway, SC GSWSA, 170 Jackson Bluff Rd, Coway, SC 29526 March 5-8, 2024 Tester Certification FULL FULL
Seneca, SC Gignillat Community Center, 621 N Townville St, Seneca, SC 29678 April 8 - 12, 2024 UF TREEO Tester Certification OPEN Seneca Tester Class Registration Form - April 2024
Rock Hill, SC Manchester Meadows, 337 E. Mt. Gallant Rock Hill, SC 29730 April 16 - 19, 2024 Tester Certification FULL FULL
Columbia, SC Hilton Garden Inn Harbison, 434 Columbiana Dr. Columbia, SC 29212 May 21 - 24, 2024 Tester Certification FULL FULL
Charleston, SC North Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418 June 18 - 21, 2024 Tester Certification OPEN Charleston Tester Class Registration Form - June 2024
Columbia, SC Hilton Garden Inn Harbison, 434 Columbiana Dr. Columbia, SC 29212 July 16 - 19, 2024 Tester Certification OPEN Columbia Tester Class Registration Form - July 2024
Seneca, SC Gignillat Community Center, 621 N Townville St, Seneca, SC 29678 August 13 - 16, 2024 Tester Certification OPEN Seneca Tester Class Registration Form - August 2024
Columbia, SC Hilton Garden Inn Harbison, 434 Columbiana Dr. Columbia, SC 29212 October 22 - 25, 2024 Tester Certification OPEN Columbia Tester Class Registration Form - October 2024
Charleston, SC North Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418 November 14 - 17, 2024 Tester Certification OPEN Charleston Tester Class Registration Form - November 2024
Columbia. SC Hilton Garden Inn Harbison, 434 Columbiana Dr. Columbia, SC 29212 December 10 - 13, 2024 Tester Certification OPEN Columbia Tester Class Registration Form - December 2024

Program Administrator Classes

Location Address Date Class Type Class
Availability
Registration Form
Columbia, SC SC Wing HW, Civil Air Patrol, 3901 CAP Wing Dr, West Columbia, SC 29170 September 12, 2023 Administration Class OPEN West Columbia Backflow Admin Class Registration Form - Sept 2023

Contact

Steve Fox, Cross Connection Control & Backflow Prevention: (803) 898-4426foxsc@dhec.sc.gov

Tags

Drinking Water Environment Training & Education