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Backflow and Cross Connection Program

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The Water Division will now directly manage the backflow program in order to make the process easier for testers and provide overall better customer service.

The Town of Breckenridge Water Division will no longer be using Aqua Backflow to assist in the Town’s Cross Connection Control Program. The Water Division will now directly manage the backflow program in order to make the process easier for backflow testers and provide overall better customer service.

All commercial (non-residential) domestic, irrigation, and fire sprinkler lines require approved backflow assemblies. The assemblies must be tested by a Certified Backflow Tester  and the test report provided to water staff at the time of the C.O. inspection.


Here are a few things that will change: 

  • Annual compliance backflow device testing will be due before September 1 each year

  • Test reports can either be:

    • emailed to us at

    • mailed to Town of Breckenridge Water Division, P.O. Box 168, Breckenridge, CO 80424

    • or hand-delivered to our office at 1095 Airport Road, Breckenridge, CO

  • Water customers with installed backflow devices will be billed an annual administration fee of $10.00 per backflow device tested

  • The Water Division will continue to conduct individual site surveys for commercial, multifamily, industrial and irrigation properties. This is a state regulation. 

What is Backflow?

Learn more about the process from this video. 

Town Ordinance and State Regulations

Title 12 of the Breckenridge Town Code Concerning Cross-Connections to the Town's Municipal Water System 

State of Colorado Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control (BPCCC) Guidance


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) requires every water supplier to develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program for the elimination of all existing cross connections and prevention/protection from all future cross connections. For the Town to remain compliant, cooperation from all residential and commercial property owners is essential and a critical part of this program.

The Town of Breckenridge Ordinance and State plumbing code require that all cross-connections from non-potable water sources to potable water sources be protected by an appropriate testable backflow device. If you have connections to pools, hot tubs, irrigation systems, fire sprinkler systems, heating systems/boilers, commercial, restaurants, alternate water sources or similar, compliance is mandatory with state and local regulations. If changes are made to plumbing systems or backflow devices are installed, the Town of Breckenridge Building Department requires a standalone plumbing permit. For fire sprinkler systems, the Red White and Blue Fire Protection District will also need to be notified. The Water Division will inspect the installed backflow device only after it has been tested.

Backflow preventers are the property of the water customer and the responsibility lies with the customer for annual testing and maintenance. The water customer must contract with a licensed tester to perform the required annual tests.