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Ultravalve boosts RPZ valve test team in response to increased demand

By UK law, RPZ valves must be tested once a year
By UK law, RPZ valves must be tested once a year

Midlands, UK-based valve supplier Ultravalve has increased its number of accredited reduced pressure zone (RPZ) test engineers in the wake of increased demand for the service.

The company, which was acquired last year by process valve and actuator specialist Bonomi UK, has recently recruited a further engineer, bringing its dedicated RPZ test team to three.

RPZ valves are commonly used to prevent backflow, thereby protecting mains drinking water supplies from potential contaminates.

By law they must be checked annually to eliminate any opportunity for a backflow situation to occur.

“This is a critical part of the UK’s very rigorous water safety regulations and plays a key part in ensuring that our drinking water is of a consistently high standard,” said Bill Brach, managing director at Ultravalve.

“Ultravalve have been an accredited RPZ tester for a number of years and our recent recruitment shows increased demand for this important part of our service offering,” he added.

The testing work takes Ultravalve’s engineers into a number of different end user environments, including, schools, hospitals and other sensitive areas, and as a result, engineers carrying out RPZ testing work need to be fully DBS checked.

Following successful testing, customers are issued with certification covering them for the following 12 months.

“All our engineers are WTI certificated, CSCS approved and hold Water Hygiene cards. Ultravalve is also Constructionline, SafeContractor, Achilles, Reset and SMAS approved,” concluded Brach.

By UK law, RPZ valves must be tested once a year