Cross Connection Control/Backflow Inspections

Testing of Backflow Prevention Assemblies

All backflow protection assemblies must be tested upon installation, repair or relocation.  Because 

backflow prevention assemblies are mechanical devices that will degrade over time, all backflow 

assemblies should be tested annually to ensure they are in working order.

The City of Cleburne has chosen to partner with Vepo, LLC to allow for the online submission of 

Backflow Prevention Assembly Test and Maintenance Reports through the Envirotrax® system.  All 

testing information will be entered directly by the tester into the online password protected 

system provided by Vepo, LLC.  Testers will no longer be able to submit paper test reports directly 

to the city.

Finding or Becoming a Registered Tester

All Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers (BPATs) are required to register with Vepo, LLC.  Upon 

registration and verification of license, insurance, and test for accuracy reports, the tester 

will be added to the approved list of Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers.

Note:  Backflow prevention assemblies on fire protection sprinkler systems are required by the 

State Fire Marshal to be tested and/or repaired by a BPAT who is a full‐time employee of a fire 

protection sprinkler company that is licensed with the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Click here to find a BPAT registered to work in the City of Cleburne.

Click here to download a Quick Start Guide with information on how to become a registered BPAT.

What is a Cross Connection?

A cross connection is a connection between a potable drinking water supply and a possible source of 

contamination or pollution. Under the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1971, the 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established national standards for safe drinking water. Each 

state is required to enforce the various regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and how it 

relates to its state laws.

To meet these provisions, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on January 1, 1996, 

enacted a state law which requires the public water suppliers to implement and enforce the Cross 

Connection Control Program requirements located in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, 

Chapter 290 of the Rules and Regulations for Public Water Suppliers.

What is Backflow?

Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow in a potable water distribution system. Water that is 

always under pressure can only flow in one direction. Then how can water flow in reverse? Water 

will always flow towards the point of lowest pressure. If a water main were to break or if the fire 

department opened several fire hydrants to help fight a fire, the pressure in the water main could 

drop. The demand upstream could cause a reversal in flow.

Cross connections and the possibility of backflow need to be recognized so they do not occur. A 

garden hose submerged in a hot tub, swimming pool, car radiator or attached to an insect/fertilizer 

sprayer could siphon the liquid back into the water main. Water from an irrigation system could be 

siphoned back into the public water supply.

Backflow prevention assemblies are designed to protect the public water system from these types of