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Education and training are key elements of any cross-connection control program. In order to help those involved in cross-connection control in their efforts, the USC Foundation has developed several training tools.

The goal is to use today’s technology to bring the most relevant information in cross-connection control to those who need it most, allowing the everyday ‘tester’ or ‘specialist’ to be kept up-to-date.

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Manual of
Cross-Connection Control, Tenth Edition

The use of two colors helps the reader understand hydraulic conditions as well as field- testing procedures much better.

And, the Manual includes a CD-ROM with sample letters, sample forms and a searchable backflow incidents database.

Manual of Cross-Connection Control Tenth Edition

The Tenth Edition introduces several new chapters to aid you better in understanding backflow and running a successful cross-connection control program.

Chapter 3, titled Hydraulics, is completely new to the Manual. This chapter covers an introduction to hydraulics, detailing pressures, flow and general characteristics of water in various pressure conditions.

Chapter 4, titled Elements of a Program, lays out the desired elements of a cross- connection control program: Authority, Backflow Preventers, Certified Tester and Specialists, Defensible and Detailed Records and Education and Training.

The chapter then discusses policies and procedures to help the cross-connection control administrator in the day-to-day operations of a cross-connection control program.
Chapters 6 and 7 include information on facilities and equipment to help the Specialist prepare for site surveys.

Chapter 8 contains samples and forms. This gives the Specialist examples of letters and forms that may be used in the cross-connection control program. Most of these are included in either MS Word format or Adobe PDF format on a CD-ROM that is included with the Manual.

Chapter 9 covers the field test procedures. There are some changes to these procedures. As with the Ninth Edition, each step of the field test procedure is illustrated. Additionally, complete illustrated RP procedures are included for a five needle valve gauge, a three needle valve gauge and a two needle valve gauge. The double check valve assembly, pressure vacuum breaker and spill resistant vacuum breaker include the five needle valve gauge format only. However, for those steps, where there is a difference in the procedure when a different style gauge is used, an inset is included showing how both the two needle valve gauge and the three needle valve gauge are to be attached.

Chapter 10 includes the standards for backflow prevention assemblies, but the point of most interest is the new standard for field test kits.

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Manual of CrossConnection Control Tenth Edition
Laminated Field Test Procedures
(only with Tenth Edition Purchase)

The abbreviated version is made up of six sheets measuring 5” x 7” held together with a ring to keep the sheets together for easy carrying. The sheets are laminated to prevent any water, during testing, from damaging the sheets.

Laminated FIeld Test Procedures
These are ideal for attendees of tester training during their sessions in the wet lab area. The abbreviated version does not have any illustrations or in-depth diagnostic procedures. It is meant to give testers a short bullet-point list of the steps to complete field tests for the four backflow prevention assemblies.

This includes the two, three and five-needle valve methods for testing the reduced pressure principle assembly. Being able to carry around the procedures in abbreviated form will be of great use for attendees and testers alike.

The abbreviated procedures are not available as a standalone product. For every Manual of Cross- Connection Control, Tenth Edition purchased, customers may add a copy of the abbreviated field test procedures.

Chapter 10 includes the standards for backflow prevention assemblies, but the point of most interest is the new standard for field test kits.

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* Requires Manual of Cross-Connection Control, Tenth Edition purchase on the same receipt.

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Laminated Field Test Procedures
Field Testing Backflow Preventers,
Instructional Video

The instructional video demonstrates the field test procedures according to the Manual of Cross-Connection Control, Tenth Edition. Plus, with over two and a half hours of live action and computer animation sequences it is the most comprehensive instructional video the USC Foundation has ever released.

Field Testing Backflow Preventers Instructional Video

The instructional video demonstrates the field test procedures according to the Manual of Cross-Connection Control, Tenth Edition. Plus, with over two and a half hours of live action and computer animation sequences it is the most comprehensive instructional video the USC Foundation has ever released.

The new instructional video has been produced from the ground-up. The video has been entirely shot in high definition and new computer animation sequences have been created to help testers better understand the inner workings of the assemblies. New narration with alternating male and female voices helps keep the pace lively and fresh.

The new instructional video depicts the field test procedures and troubleshooting scenarios for the reduced pressure principle backflow prevention assembly (RP), double check valve backflow prevention assembly (DC), pressure vacuum breaker assembly (PVB) and for the first time ever the spill-resistant pressure vacuum breaker assembly (SVB).

In addition, the new instructional video includes the complete field test procedures and troubleshooting scenarios for the RP using a 5, 2 and 3-needle valve field test kit. In the procedures for the DC, PVB and SVB the 5-needle valve test kit is used, but where an action on a 5-needle field test kit differs on a 2 and 3-needle valve field test kit, an inset depicts the step using a 2 and 3-needle valve field test kit.

Furthermore, the new instructional video includes subtitles in English and Spanish in order to make the instructional video accessible to a wider audience.
With a new menu structure in place, testers will be able to jump around between different field tests and troubleshooting scenarios at their own pace. For those testers who own a copy of the Manual of Cross-Connection Control, Tenth Edition, the new instructional video is an ideal companion.

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Field Testing Backflow Preventers Instructional Video
2014 USC List of Approved Assemblies

The 8.5” x 11” printed copy of the USC List includes every assembly currently approved by the USC Foundation thru January 23, 2014. The USC List is available to anyone and is a great tool to have when access to the USC List online is not available.

Laminated FIeld Test Procedures

For the first time the Foundation has made the USC List available to purchase as a standalone product. The printed copy of the List contains all the information found on the electronic copy. Members of the Foundation receive a printed copy of the List every year as part of their membership benefit.

The Foundation encourages all users to access the List online first, since the electronic copy of the List includes the latest additions. Users may access the List online via the Foundation website in Excel format, PDF format and using the mobile app.

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Laminated Field Test Procedures
Working Together
for Safe Water,
Informational Video

Uses a combination of live footage and animation to explain the concepts of backflow and cross-connection control. The video explains how backflow can occur and how cross-connections can be controlled with various types of backflow prevention assemblies. It also discusses some of the aspects of an effective cross-connection control program.

WTFSW

The fifteen-minute video is ideal as an introduction to cross-connection control for agency employees, city councils, students or the water consumer who may not understand the necessity for backflow protection on their premises.

Over the years, the Foundation has received several requests for broadcasting Working Together for Safe Water on local cable television. Using the video on local access television stations to educate the public on backflow is an effective way to communicate this important information to the public. The Foundation is more than happy to comply with any requests it receives concerning broadcasting Working Together for Safe Water. The Foundation asks that a written request from the sponsoring agency be mailed to the Foundation office.

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Working Together for Safe Water
Working Together for Safe Water, Informational Brochure

The illustrated pamphlet is an ideal compliment to the Working Together for Safe Water video, as it allows those viewing the film to take a written explanation away with them for later perusal.

WTFSWBrochure

The informational brochure may be used to explain the concepts of cross-connection control in a simple written format. Terms like backflow, backsiphonage and backpressure are explained for the average consumer to understand.

The Foundation imprints the name and address of the ordering agency or company on the brochures so that the reader can contact the agency or company directly for more information on the cross-connection control program. Thus the ordering agency or company enjoys the use of a full color informational brochure without investing the time and effort to develop their own.

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WTFSW Brochure
Cross-Connections in Household Plumbing Brochure

The illustrated brochure uses illustrations of common plumbing fixtures like a toilet and sink to explain where cross-connections may be found and how to protect them from possibly contaminating the water supply.

Cross Connection in Household Plumbing Brochure

Cross-Connections are not limited to restaurants, factories or other large establishments; they may be
prevalent in the home as well. The USC Foundation has put together an illustrated brochure highlighting
possible cross-connections that may be found in the home.

For example, a toilet needs water to flush the waste material into the sewer system, therefore, it is essential that the fill-valve (ballcock) inside of the toilet tank is the correct type so that the contents of the toilet do not get back into the drinking water system in the home. Other items illustrated in the brochure include boilers, hose bibs and irrigation systems.

The illustrated brochure is ideal to create awareness among communities about cross-connections found in the home.

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CrossConnections in Household Plumbing
The Essentials of Cross-Connection Control,
Slide Presentation

The presentation contains 60 color graphic slides. The slides were created specifically to enhance the explanation and presentation of cross-connection control essentials and each slide features 3-D graphics for a more detailed and professional look.

Essentials of Cross-Connection Control Slide Presentation

The slides cover some basic hydraulics and definitions of the various terms such as backflow, backpressure, backsiphonage, cross-connection, etc. 

Graphics of each of the acceptable means of backflow prevention (the air-gap, the reduced pressure principle backflow assembly, the double check valve assembly, the pressure vacuum breaker assembly, and the atmospheric vacuum breaker assembly) are shown rendered in 3-D for greater detail.  The proper applications of each of the backflow preventers are shown as related to the hydraulic condition of the installation and the degree of hazard.

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Essentials in CrossConnection Control