Established in September 1944, after a group of concerned individuals, believing that the unbiased efforts of an educational institution would serve the ultimate aim of protecting potable water supplies best, approached the University of Southern California asking for research to be done in this area. Since then the Foundation has become one of the world’s foremost authorities in backflow prevention and cross-connection control.
The Foundation’s approval process is unique. It requires a one-year field evaluation. And all evaluation work is done by USC Foundation Staff.The Foundation does not allow third parties to conduct the testing, keeping everything under the direct control of the USC Foundation. Although, manufacturers are permitted to observe the testing, but they are not permitted to participate in the evaluation process itself.
The List is comprised of backflow prevention assemblies,which have successfully completed the laboratory and field evaluation phases of the Foundation’s Approval Program.
The USC Foundation Membership Program was initiated in 1967 to ensure the continuous development of cross-connection control information that has become so vital to those involved in cross-connection control worldwide.
USC Foundation Charter Members
As part of our celebration we would like to recognize those Member agencies that have been with the USC Foundation’s Membership Program since it’s inception in 1967. Thank you for your continued support!
Since 1970, the Foundation's Tester Course has trained attendees the in the intricacies of field-testing the pressure vacuum breakers, spill-resistant vacuum breakers, double check valve assemblies and reduced pressure principle backflow prevention assemblies.
Since 1988, the Foundation's Specialist Course has trained attendees who are involved in administering a cross-connection control program. Subjects covered in this course include: policies and procedures, rules and regulations, record keeping, public relations, plan checks and site surveys.
The Foundation’s One Day Update Seminars have included topics like Recycled Water Shutdown Tests, Field Test Procedures and Los Angeles/California Codes and Regulations; all which have given attendees the opportunity to be refreshed on current topics.
The Foundation completed a study for the Water Research Foundation entitled, “Impacts of Cross-Connections in North American Water Supplies.” The objective of the study was to assess the impacts of cross-connection and cross-connection control in North America.
The Foundation received a grant from the US EPA to assess the prevalence of cross-connections in household plumbing systems.