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Posted: Tuesday 14th April 2009

GPS PE Pipe Systems has added a live ferrule off-take to its Protecta-Line range of barrier pipe and fittings, allowing branch connections from ferrous water pipes to be made swiftly and safely.

The WRAS-approved ferrule answers Water Industry calls for a simple way to provide Protecta-Line service connections, directly from a ductile iron main, to developments on brownfield land. As the gunmetal ferrule can be installed while the main is at normal working pressure, no disruption to the supply is necessary when adding a connection. Compliant with WIS 4-22-02, the ferrule provides a solution for connecting a 25mm Protecta-Line® service to live ferrous mains pipes.

Fitting the live ferrule off-take is straightforward, using a normal under-pressure drilling machine. A hole is drilled and tapped to accept the ferrule’s ¾” BSPT gunmetal stem and plug. The drill can then be removed and the off-take banjo fitted, complete with a dedicated Protecta-Line Mechanical Compression End Connector to accept the 25mm Protecta-Line® service pipe. With all joints securely made, the plug is rotated to open the flow to the service pipe.

This new fitting compliments the equivalent self-tapping ferrule off-takes for connection to Protecta-Line mains pipe sizes 63mm to 355mm, which were recently introduced by GPS PE Pipe Systems. Featuring the same banjo component and designed to minimize head-loss, these ferrules include a stainless steel saddle clamp for additional security. Both ferrule types provide complete proven protection against the ingress of any contaminants.

The Protecta-Line barrier pipe system has full BSI Kitemarked status to WIS 4-32-19, the first and only water industry standard for the transport of drinking water through contaminated land. It is also the most complete WRAS-approved PE barrier pipe system available, with over 10 years in service.

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