ORS 448.279¹
Certification of inspectors of cross-connections and testers of backflow assemblies
  • fees
  • rules

(1) The Oregon Health Authority by rule shall establish a certification program for persons who inspect cross-connections or test backflow assemblies. The program shall include minimum qualifications necessary for a person to be certified to:

(a) Conduct a cross-connection inspection; and

(b) Test a backflow assembly.

(2) Except for an employee of a water supplier as defined in ORS 448.115 (Definitions for ORS 448.115 to 448.285), a person certified under this section must:

(a) Become licensed as a construction contractor with the Construction Contractors Board as provided under ORS chapter 701; or

(b) Be employed by a landscape contracting business licensed under ORS 671.510 (Short title) to 671.760 (Business income tax).

(3) In conjunction with the certification program established under subsection (1) of this section, the authority may establish and collect a fee from an individual requesting certification under the program. A fee imposed under this subsection:

(a) Is not refundable; and

(b) May not exceed the cost of administering the certification program of the authority for which purpose the fee is established, as authorized by the Legislative Assembly within the budget of the authority and as the budget may be modified by the Emergency Board.

(4) The authority may not require a journeyman plumber licensed under ORS chapter 693 or an apprentice plumber, as defined in ORS 693.010 (Definitions), to obtain a certification for testing backflow assemblies under the program established under this section.

(5) All moneys collected by the Oregon Health Authority under this section shall be deposited in the General Fund to the credit of an account of the authority. Such moneys are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Health Authority to pay the cost of administering the certification program established pursuant to this section and the cost of administering water system cross-connection and backflow assembly programs. [1993 c.565 §§2,3; 1997 c.398 §1; 1999 c.402 §3; 2005 c.609 §9; 2005 c.736 §1; 2005 c.806 §12; 2007 c.71 §137; 2007 c.541 §4; 2009 c.595 §859]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Fluorida­tion of wa­ter by State Health Commission ruling, (1974) Vol 36, p 1089

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 448—Pool Facilities; Water and Sewage Systems, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors448.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 448, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano448.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information