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Cross Connection Control Program

City Ordinance § 52.13 requires the City to provide protection to the public water system against backflow. The City has determined certain responsibilities to be placed on both the City and customer.

Backflow preventers are designed to prevent contaminates from a customer’s internal plumbing/piping system backflowing into the public water supply, and are required for all connections by the State Division of Plumbing, Nelson County Department of Public Health and Wellness, and City Ordinance § 52.13.

Beginning July 1, 2022, the City of Bardstown will be requiring Annual Testing of all Backflow prevention assemblies installed on the water service lines where the City has determined a backflow hazard exists. These services include the following: 

  • All Industrial Customers
  • Commercial Customers with large (1” or greater Diameter) water service connections
  • Commercial/Residential Properties with Irrigation Systems
  • Commercial/Industrial Dedicated Fire Services
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about the program and for a list of Certified Technicians and Plumbers that offer backflow inspection services.

Contractors may use the inspection form found on the documents & forms page at this link, or their own certification. Please ensure that the location address or account number is included in the certification. 

Completed inspection forms or certifications should be returned to:

City of Bardstown Engineering Department
220 North 5th Street
Bardstown KY 40004

or emailed to engineering@bardstowncable.net

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