RPZ Valve Testers are specialist contractors who test Reduced Pressure Zone valves, a device which prevents backflow – where water goes back up the pipe. They play an important role in protecting people from the risk of contaminated drinking water and are usually found in larger premises such as schools, hospitals, restaurants and breweries.
WaterSafe, the online directory and national accreditation body for competent and qualified plumbers, water supply pipe installers and other water services specialists across the UK, is now opening its doors for RPZ Valve Testers to become members.
To be eligible to join, a contractor must have a recognised qualification in RPZ Valve Testing, be employed by a business with appropriate insurance and have up to date calibration certificates for their test equipment, which meets the Approved Installation Method (AIM) requirements.
The testers must first be a member of one of the four contractor schemes which make up WaterSafe and accept RPZ Valve Testers as members: Anglian Water’s APLUS, Severn Trent’s Watermark, The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme (WIAPS) and Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF).
Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe, said: “I’m delighted we’re welcoming qualified RPZ Valve Testers to the WaterSafe family. It’s another avenue for consumers to find trusted professionals and is an excellent way for testers to demonstrate their competence to customers. If a valve is faulty it can lead to drinking water becoming contaminated, and illness, so it is important a contractor is properly trained.”
“There are lots of benefits to joining WaterSafe, including free promotion and branding, with a listing on the largest online directory for approved drinking water contractors in the UK, promoted to thousands of people each day, and by your local water company. Just visit our website watersafe.org.uk,” Julie added.