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New Notice as of April 3, 2020:

From: Stamm, Anna (HEALTH) <>
Sent: Friday, April 3, 2020, 10:15 AM

Subject: Re: Drinking Water Protection

We have been notified that many training providers are cancelling training sessions or moving to online or remote platforms. For drinking water operator and backflow tester certifications expiring between now and June 30, 2020, New York State will extend the expiration dates to September 30, 2020. Additional guidance will be issued for a “catch-up” period for those certifications expiring March 19, 2020 and June 30, 2020. The Department will further evaluate the need for any additional certification expiration extensions during this dynamic COVID-19 response period.
Anna Stamm

March 17, 2020 – In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic:

All March Backflow School’s are CLOSED to help contain the spread of the disease. The Cross Connection Control Foundation of the Niagara Frontier will contact YOU when we get the “OK” from the Deptment Of Health to reschedule your class. If you prefer to have a refund at this time, please let us know.

A pandemic occurs when a new disease to which we have no immunity is spread to many areas around the world. Coronavirus symptoms are generally mild and most people recover within six days. If you have questions or want more information on the virus or how to stay safe please check on the links below:

Prevention Tips


You can also call the  New York State Department Of Health: 1 – 800 – 458 – 1158


The Course

This course was developed to meet the growing need for persons qualified and certified to test and repair Backflow Prevention Devices. These devices must be inspected and tested at least annually. Inspections are required to locate cross connections and to determine which type of device is required for protection of the water supply. Plans for new construction and renovations must be reviewed to assure compliance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations.

This course presents the fundamentals of cross connection hazards and control through such topics as:
•Theory of Backflow
•Description of hazards
•Methods and Devices for Prevention of Backflow
•Installation and Design Considerations
•Codes, Ordinances, Regulations and Responsibilities
•New York State Approach to Cross Connecton Control

This course also develops an understanding of the Backflow Prevention Devices by studying the operation theory, flow characteristics and testing procedures for the:
•Double Check Valve Assemblly (DCV)
•Reduced Pressure Device (RPZ)
•Vacuum Breakers, etc.

Hands-on lab time is mixed with classroom theory. One day is devoted entirely to working on the devices under the guidance from technicians from several of the manufacturers.

No person in whatever relationship with the foundation shall be discriminated on the basis of race, ethnic background, national origin, religion, color, sex, age, or condition handicap, or marital status.

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