Municipal Systems

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 94 percent of public water systems are small water systems serving fewer than 3,300 people. Our specialized services cater to the unique needs of small municipal water systems through proactive operations and maintenance practices that ensure consistent water quality and uninterrupted supply.

Partnering with American River Backflow allows optimization of operations and adherence to regulatory standards without compromising affordability or quality. Aware of resource limitations, we offer cost-effective strategies that incorporate regular inspections, efficient repairs, and preventive measures to safeguard community access to clean and safe drinking water.


We oversee all aspects of your water system operation, including monitoring and maintenance. From routine inspections to repairs, our operations expertise ensures your water system functions seamlessly to protect public health and well-being.

Our operations services are tailored for your needs and may include:

  • Backflow Testing
  • Comprehensive system monitoring
  • Required sampling, testing, and reporting
  • Scheduled preventative maintenance
  • Infrastructure repairs
  • Regulatory agency communications and permit compliance
  • Document management, such as operations plans, emergency plans and source protection plans
  • Meter reading

Meter Testing

Inaccurate meters result in unaccounted water usage, revenue loss, and financial instability for small water systems. Our team has extensive experience testing, repairing, and replacing meters from 5/9” to 6” compound meters used for large industry and school properties. We keep outage times to a minimum to minimize water supply interruption.


Our consulting services help you navigate complex regulations and establish efficient operational strategies to ensure optimal water quality. We focus on sustainable practices and cost-effective solutions to meet the needs of your community while maintaining compliance and fostering ongoing quality water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What certifications are required to operate a small municipal water system?

Small municipal water system operators are required to hold relevant certifications, such as State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) and American Water Works Association (AWWA). These certifications demonstrate the operator’s understanding of water treatment, distribution, safety protocols, and regulatory compliance.

How frequently do we need to test water quality in our small municipal system?

Water quality testing frequency varies based on specific regulations and characteristics of your water system. Routine testing, monitoring for contaminants, and disinfection are essential for ensuring safe and clean drinking water for the community.

What steps are needed to maintain a small municipal water system?

Regular water system maintenance includes inspecting and repairing pipelines, pumps, storage tanks, and treatment facilities. Preventive measures and timely repairs ensure a reliable and safe water supply for your community.

How can we ensure compliance with regulations?

Consult with a local water quality professional about local requirements to avoid penalties, ensure water quality, and stay informed about relevant regulations. Our trained professionals work closely with regulatory agencies to maintain compliance for our customers. Regular reporting, documentation, and communication with regulators are key components of adherence to water quality standards.

What contingency plans should we have in place for emergencies?

All small water system operators need a comprehensive emergency response plan. Your plan should address potential situations, such as equipment failures, natural disasters, and contamination incidents, along with practical responses to ensure an uninterrupted, safe public water supply.