Backflow Prevention

backflow prevention device on an irrigation system

Backflow prevention devices protect our drinking water from contamination.

A backflow preventer stops water inside your water pipes from returning or flowing back to the City system if pressure is lost. Backflow can contaminate the water system. The basic mechanism for preventing backflow is a mechanical backflow preventer, which provides a physical barrier to backflow.

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 the City of Tampa Water Department Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Manual for additional information. For a list of facilities that usually require a backflow prevention device at the service connection, refer to Tampa Code, Sec. 26-83.  

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.

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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.