A backflow prevention device, which must be tested annually, is required on any service connection, including connections where an in-ground irrigation system and those where a separate potable lawn meter is in place. Refer to Tampa Code, Sec. 26-83, for a list of facilities that usually require a backflow prevention device at the service connection.
Backflow prevention devices are provided and maintained annually by the Tampa Water Department at locations where a dedicated potable irrigation meter installed prior to May 2014 or dedicated fireline and reclaimed water services are present. All other backflow prevention devices are customer owned and maintained and require customer-initiated annual testing by a certified backflow prevention device technician.
Annual backflow prevention device test results for customer-owned backflow prevention devices must be submitted to the Tampa Water Department Cross-Connection Control Section. Call (813) 231-5266 for more information.
For more information on approved backflow preventer devices and Tampa's installation requirements, please contact the Construction Services Division at (813) 274-3100. Find additional information about cross-connection prevention and backflow prevention is available on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website.