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 Utilities' Fort Wayne Water Utility Cross Connection Regulation 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 Backflow Prevention Brochure, Indiana Administrative Code 327 IAC 8-10, and the City Utilities Design Standards Manual (W8 Backflow Prevention). All backflow prevention devices must be approved and listed by the Foundation for Cross-Connection Control & Hydraulic Research as published by the University of Southern California. A current listing can be found here.
LATEST NEWS: Backflow Prevention During Lawn Irrigation Season
Read about backflow prevention requirements during the irrigation season in this informational flyer from City Utilities.
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 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 the informational 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 is now contracting with Aqua Backflow, a private company that will receive, maintain and track backflow device test results. Aqua Backflow will operate a secure website at www.TrackMyBackflow.com where you will submit backflow tests electronically beginning on April 1, 2016. Each test entry will cost $9.95 -- payable directly to Aqua Backflow.
-- 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 written instructions.
-- Need Inspection Tags? Templates and printing instructions may be found here.
Backflow and Cross Connection Control Correspondence and Newsletters:
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:
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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
Aqua Backflow - Cross Connection Control Operations
977 Elizabeth Street
Elgin, Illinois 60120
Phone: (847) 742-2296
Fax: (847) 742-9696