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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. Indiana Administrative Code 327 IAC 8-10 and Fort Wayne City Code Chapter 52 regulate backflow and cross connections in the Fort Wayne drinking water system. All backflow prevention devices must conform with 327 IAC 8-10-7.
To ensure that you have installed and are maintaining appropriate backflow and cross connection control measures, please read the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's 2016 Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Manual, City Utilities Backflow Prevention Brochure, and the City Utilities Design Standards Manual (W8 Backflow Prevention). A current listing of assemblies approved by the Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulics Research can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about City Utilities' Backflow Prevention Test Reporting and Tracking Program may be found in this FAQ.
Backflow Preventer Device Testing
Are you in need of backflow device testing? City Utilities maintains a Backflow 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.
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 this informational flyer and consulting with and/or hiring a licensed plumber/contractor or professional irrigation company to ensure the disconnection is done correctly.
Contact Aqua Backflow
Fort Wayne City Utilities
Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention
200 E. Berry Street, Suite 130
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Phone: (260) 427-1234
Aqua Backflow - Cross Connection Control Operations
977 Elizabeth Street
Elgin, Illinois 60120
Phone: (847) 742-2296
Fax: (847) 742-9696