Preventing potentially contaminated water from being siphoned back into City Utilities' drinking water distribution system is essential for the protection of public health and welfare. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management's 2016 Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Manual and Fort Wayne City Code Chapter 52 regulate backflow and cross connections in the Fort Wayne drinking water system.

To ensure that you have installed and are maintaining appropriate backflow and cross connection control measures, please read our  pdfBackflow Prevention Brochure, Indiana Administrative Code 327 IAC 8-10, and the City Utilities Design Standards Manual (W8 Backflow Prevention). All backflow prevention devices installed must conform with 327 IAC 8-10-7.  A current listing of assemblies approved by the Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulics Research can be found here.

Have Questions About City Utilities' Backflow Prevention Test Reporting and Tracking Program?

Answers to many of the most frequently asked questions may be found in this pdfFAQ.

Backflow Preventer Device Testing

Are you in need of backflow device testing? City Utilities maintains a pdfBackflow Tester Business Listing. City Utilities provides this list for the convenience of our customers. Companies and individuals appearing on the list are not endorsed by City Utilities. City Utilities does not warrant or guarantee the work done by the companies or individuals listed.

Irrigation Systems

Due to the bacterial and chemical contaminants found on lawns, irrigation systems are considered high hazards with the potential to backflow into the public water distribution system. For this reason, these systems must have an approved backflow prevention device installed and tested annually. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that cross connections do not exist and that the backflow prevention device is maintained.

Property owners may choose to discontinue using their lawn irrigation system for a variety of reasons, but backflow prevention requirements are still in effect and enforced unless the system is disconnected. If the property owner chooses to disconnect their system, City Utilities recommends reviewing the pdfinformational flyer found here and consulting with and/or hiring a licensed plumber/contractor or professional irrigation company to ensure the disconnection is done correctly.

Information for Certified Backflow Device Testers

-- City Utilities contracts with Aqua Backflow, a private company, that will receive, maintain and track backflow device test results. Aqua Backflow operates a secure website at where you must register and submit backflow tests electronically. Each test entry will cost $9.95 -- payable directly to Aqua Backflow.  If you are not currently registered and need to submit test results, please review the attached pdfbrochure.

-- If you are ever unsure about which water utility serves the location where you are preforming a backflow preventer test, you can find more information through City Utilities' GIS interactive mapping system.  If it is your first time using the mapping system, you may call (260) 427-2543 to receive basic instruction by phone or you may access pdfwritten instructions.

-- Need Inspection Tags? Templates and printing instructions may be found xlshere.

-- Need Backflow Prevention Device Test Forms?  Choose from a pdfFillable PDF form or xlsExcel version.

-- City Utilities publishes a periodic newsletter with information that may be of interest to businesses that do testing of backflow devices and those that may have backflow devices. Recent newsletters are found below:

pdfBackflow Newsletter -- February 2018

pdfBackflow Newsletter -- September 2016

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Fort Wayne City Utilities
Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention
200 E. Berry Street, Suite 130
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Phone: (260) 427-1234
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Aqua Backflow - Cross Connection Control Operations
977 Elizabeth Street
Elgin, Illinois 60120
Phone: (847) 742-2296
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