BY CALEB ALEXANDER
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are requiring customers of water service in Aviston to fill out a survey by the end of July.
This is called a Cross-Connection Control Survey. The purpose of it is to determine whether a cross-connection may exist at homes or businesses in the village. A cross-connection is an unprotected or improper connection to the public water distribution system that may cause contamination or pollution to the entire system. The IEPA and IDPH are responsible for enforcing cross-connection regulations.
Every customer served by the public water system in Aviston must be surveyed. This survey includes identifying what plumbing fixtures are present in the home or business and what uses the water is being put to.
The survey is available at www.avistonil.org or at the village hall, 149 South Page Street. After the surveys are received there will be a review of the answers to determine whether an inspection of specific plumbing is needed. If this is the case, the property owner, resident or business owner will be notified by mail. July 31 is the deadline for responding to the survey and turning it in.
The survey asks questions about the presence of swimming pools, wells or cisterns or a sprinkler system for fire protection, what the water service line is made out of, if any chemicals are added to the water, hot water heating and lawn irrigation or other fixtures that use water and the existence of backflow prevention devices.
The survey was issued at the direction from the state agencies by Aviston Public Works Director Gary Rakers. Anyone with questions can call the village hall at 228-7262.