Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control

​​​​​​ Virginia Beach Public Utilities (DPU) administers a program of surveying, inspection, and tracking the testing of all backflow prevention devices and assemblies within the Public Utilities water distribution systems according to the City Ordinance and the Department's Policy. The purpose of this program is to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of Virginia Beach by ensuring that the City's drinking water supply is protected from a backflow event. This Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Program is ongoing in nature and was devised and implemented with security of the potable water supply and the health of our cit​izens in mind. Accordingly, this program was created and is administered by the DPU, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.​

Notice of Inspection

If you have received a door hanger from the Backflow Prevention Program that references Scott Price and his cell phone number this is a legitimate request. Scott Price is Backflow inspector that works for a third party contractor, HydroCorp. He has gone through a background check and has been issued a city ID badge with a yellow background.

He is specifically looking for cross connections between private wells and the city's water system. The Backflow Prevention Program received a list of locations that were issued a well permit by the Virginia Department of Health; the list goes back to 1949. Scott typically parks his car; he uses his personal vehicle and personal cellphone, and then walks the neighborhood stopping at the houses on his list.  He will work with you on a time that is acceptable to you to come back and do the cross-connection inspection. He needs to see the well pump and outdoor faucets. If you have an further questions please call the Regulatory Compliance Bureau at (757) 385-4171.

Annual Backflow Testers Meeting Presentation

No-Lead Law (Public Law 111–380)

The Safe Drinking Water Act was amended reduce lead in drinking water. Specifically this means that the lead content of all plumbing fixtures intended to come into contact with potable water for consumption purposes must contain no more than 0.2% lead (0.25% weighted average of wetted surfaces). Backflow Prevention devices used exclusively for non-potable services such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering,  or any other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption are exempt. If you have any questions please contact the Backflow Prevention Program Manager at (757) 385-4171 or