RPZ valve ... never heard of it until today

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by snakes, May 10, 2013.

  1. snakes

    snakes New Member

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    Today I was inquiring about irrigation parts and somebody on the east coast asked about my RPZ valve. I've never heard of an RPZ valve out here in California.

    I've been a DIY type for years, and have helped lots of friends and relatives with their houses as well, and I just haven't seen anything like what is pictured here at a residence:
    http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/Reduced-Pressure-Zone-Assemblies-s/8412.htm

    We do have vacuum breakers on our hose bibs with a set screw, and our automatic sprinkler valves have anti-siphon devices (usually plastic), but that's all I've ever seen or worked on. Am I just oblivious or are these fancy RPZ devices not required in California?
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    The RPZ BFP can be installed in the incoming water line and be located in a control box beneath the surface. I do not know what California's requirements are, but from what I know about the state's concern about environmental issues, I would be surprised if they are not required along with annual certification of performance.
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    In CA, all commercial buildings ( apts, condos, etc) must have all water supplies protected by an RPZ valve. SIngle family homes have somewhat less resrictive requirements at this time . Domestic water ( the house) must have bibbs, pull out kitchen spouts, RO filter drains, hand held showers, , dishwasher drains, etc. protected by an approved backflow device. Sprinkler systems move up the scale to anti-siphon valves or pressure vacuum breakers. I would not be surprised to see RPZ creep into the code soon enough.
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