Draft Cross Connection Control Policy Handbook Released

November 2, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Drinking Water (DDW) released a second draft of the Cross-Connection Control Policy Handbook (CCCPH) for public review and comment. Comments are due by December 9, 2022.

Link to second draft of CCCPH:

Click to access cccph_draft_nov2022.pdf

On Monday, December 5, 2022 at 9:30, DDW will hold a public hearing on the second draft of the CCCPH. The public hearing will be available by remote video software only.

The public hearing can be viewed at the following location:

The current cross connection control and backflow prevention regulations were adopted in 1987 (California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Division 1 Chapter 5, Subchapter 1, Group 4, Article 1, Sections 7583 – 7604). In October 2017, AB 1671 was signed into law. AB 1671 added sections 116407 and 116555.5 and amended section 116810 of the Health and Safety Code. AB 1671 required the following:

• By January 1, 2020, the SWRCB was to adopt updated standards for backflow protection and cross connection control,
• SWRCB to hold two public hearings on proposed standards before adoption,
• The updated standards can be adopted through a “policy handbook” and do not need to follow Administrative Procedures Act requirements.

In February 2020, DDW staff held a public workshop to present their anticipated changes to cross connection control and backflow prevention regulations. The first draft of the CCCPH was published in February 2021 for review and comment, and the first of the two required public hearings was held in April 2021.