Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control

​​​​​​​​​​Tap water flows from faucets, sprinklers, and fire hydrants. 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.​

Per the Virginia Administrative Code 12VAC5-590-630, starting January 1, 2023, persons testing and repairing backflow prevention devices shall be certified by a Commonwealth of Virginia tradesman certification program (identified by DPOR as Backflow Prevention Device Worker).

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 inspecting commercial use bui​ldings we deem as "High Hazards". The Backflow Prevention Program produces a list of locations that are derived from the use of a site according to plumbing code. Scott typically parks his car; he uses his personal vehicle and personal cellphone, and then walks the area stopping at the businesses on his list.  He will work with you on a time that is acceptable to you to come back and do the commercial inspection. If you have an further questions,​ please call the Regulatory Compliance Bureau at (757) 385-4171.

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