Posted in Water Regulations Advice and Interpretations

01/09/2016
The minimum level of protection for a hose union tap in a house garden or similar domestic application is a Double Check Valve for Fluid Category 3. By default, all commercial hose union taps are Fluid Category 5. This is a recognition that in some non-domestic situations, the fluids that are at risk of being present will be a more serious health hazard.
A recent revision to the Water Supply Industry Interpretations and Advice now states that all hose union taps and hoses used in bin stores are considered to be a Fluid Category 5 risk – unless a risk assessment by the relevant water undertaker determines otherwise. This means that the default level of backflow protection required would need to be for Fluid Category 5 – by means of an air gap.
As manufacturers of products that are specifically designed to conform to the current Water Regulations, we at Arrow Valves have a solution – a compact, wall mounted unit, in a stainless steel enclosure with a small break tank to provide the Fluid Category 5 protection, and a booster pump to provide suitable pressure to the outlet.
The BTMIDI-3A (pictured) provides a flow rate of 0.3 l/s which is generally what a 1/2″ hose gun would require, which makes it perfect for bin-store wash-down. This unit can also be supplied with a GRP wall enclosure and frost protection wiring, which means that this can be installed externally, or in unheated locations.
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