When customers turn their taps on in Boring, they expect water that is safe to drink. The top priority for Boring Water District (BWD) is protection of public health, and it strives to provide the highest quality water possible. This is accomplished through wellhead protection and state of the art water testing process, and regular system monitoring and maintenance.

Under certain circumstances, water can flow backwards through a water meter. Because of this, customers can unknowingly alter water quality with activities in their home or business. These activities usually involve “cross connections” that create unprotected links from a private water system to the public system.  Common examples of cross connection in both commercial buildings and residential housing are irrigation lines, fire lines with sprinkler systems, and equipment connections. Impacts from water flowing backward from these cross connections can range from “no obvious effect “to” health hazard depending on the situation.

Under Oregon Administrative Rule 333-061-0070 (5), as a water supplier, BWD is responsible for assuring property owners are in compliance with testing requirements. BWD conducts a Cross-Connection Control program to protect the public water system from hazardous cross connections and backflow. To do this, we work closely with consumers, architects, contractors, and engineers to ensure that all those who are required by law to comply with cross-connection control and/or backflow prevention. If you have been contacted by Boring Water District and know you need a backflow prevention assembly installed or tested, see the Oregon State of approved backflow testers website at, for a list of certified testers. Failure to comply with required testing may result in disconnection of your water service.

To see an educational video regarding cross-connection control and/or backflow prevention click here

For questions regarding assembly requirements and approvals for meter protection, fire protection or for more information about this program, please contact the office at 503-663-4594 or via email at