Arrow Union – Charity Walk

It wasn’t a walk in the park for us!


The Arrow Valves Team absolutely love working as a team and challenging ourselves. In honor of our 20th year of trading – we knew we needed a challenge. We organised a 20 mile walk, for 20 years, between two of the directors houses along the Grand Union Canal – hence our aptly named “Arrow Union” event.

On Sunday October 7th, we kick started the day bright and early in the morning, with pastries and orange juice, and full of smiles and optimism! Those of you who have been to visit us, may remember that our office is close to the Grand Union Canal, and so after a pit-stop and snacks here, we were raring to go again.

This trek definitely wasn’t ‘a walk in the park’, and by the end of it, there were plenty of sore feet! However, each and every team member finished the walk, together, and we were thankful for a lovely hot meal at the end! We are immensely proud of each and every walker.

We raised a fantastic £836.00 for our charity of choice, the Toy Project (click to read more ) from our wonderfully generous sponsors, and as promised, Arrow Valves have matched that amount and sent a further £836.00 to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Although we’ve completed the walk, our just giving fundraising page will stay open until our 20 year party in April next year so we’re hoping to raise even more. Visit it today.


How to protect your outside tap: a look at the Water Regulations

Any outside tap must be protected by a double check valve as a minimum – but when would you need a higher level of protection?


Contamination: Outside Taps

An outside tap – regardless of risk – should be protected by a double check valve.

The additional of a hose pipe that could potentially be submerged in water (such as tanks, ponds, swimming pools or rivers), creates the risk of backflow and therefore contamination to the mains.

As a guideline:
Any hose pipe used in a domestic setting would be fluid category 3 and therefore protected by a double check valve within the thermal envelope of the building.

Due to the higher potential risk of the fluids used in a non-domestic setting, as a guideline any hose pipes here would be considered a fluid category 5 risk and you would therefore need a physical air break in the system.


Do Consider –

·         The water companies take a risk assessed approach, and depending on the application, this could be downgraded

·         The addition of any chemicals or pesticides would exacerbate the risk

·         Bin stores, regardless of location, are fluid category 5

·         Irrigation systems with porous hoses that use no chemicals are considered a fluid category 4 risk and can be protected with a DB Pipe Interrupter

·         Whilst it is important to use hand held spray guns with self-closing mechanisms to prevent waste and misuse of water, these do not protect against contamination, and appropriate backflow prevention devices must be installed

As manufacturers of backflow prevention devices, we have a range of products and want to help find a solution for every application. Call us today.