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Posted: Friday 15th March 2019

A partnership between manufacturer Power Plastics and technical fabrics group Rivertex has produced a brand new polymer fabric with full Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) approval.

For the first time, water industry users can bring the new material into their supply chain in the form of sludge cones, baffle curtains, tank liners and water bags, confident that all the standards for potable water have been met – and exceeded.

Rivertex® APO Powerplas® took 4 years to develop, and cost the companies more than £25,000 to complete the rigorous DWI testing and approval process.

It is a non-toxic two-layer polymer with an internal scrim weave which achieves far greater tear strength than other thicker, heavier materials but with greater flexibility and a structure which resists delamination.

As a result, it can quickly and accurately be assembled off-site, significantly reducing the personnel, equipment and time spent at the location.

As a further aid to manufacturing flexibility, and improved safety, it can be safely fabricated using HF welding without creating toxic fumes. Welds follow CAD and CNC precision to create accurate, fit-first-time products.

Rivertex® APO Powerplas® also achieves excellent chemical / UV resistance along with long term water contact compatibility, and floats without the need for buoyancy aids. Every product can be installed by Power Plastics staff, all of whom are Blue Card-trained.

In addition to its DWI approval, Rivertex® APO Powerplas® is also WRAS certified and meets BS6920. It is supplied exclusively through Power Plastics.

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