Clearances

All double check valve (DCVA) and reduced pressure zone (RPZA) backflow prevention assemblies are designed for in-line service and must be installed to prevent freezing, flooding and mechanical damage with adequate space to facilitate maintenance and testing. Ideally, the installation should not require platforms, ladders or lifts for access. Adequate clearances from floors, ceilings and walls must be provided to access the test cocks and to allow the repair and/or removal of the relief valve and check valves; as follows:

· All assemblies shall be installed with a centerline height from 30 inches to 60 inches above the floor. Any installation at a greater height shall be provided with a fixed platform, a portable scaffold or a lift meeting CSA standards.

· All RPZA devices must have an 12 inch minimum clearance between the bottom of the relief valve and the floor to prevent submersion and provide access for servicing and relief valve.

· A minimum of 12 inches of clear space shall be maintained above the assembly to allow for servicing check valves and for operation of shut-off valves.

· A minimum of 24 inches of clear space shall be maintained between the front side of the device and the nearest wall or obstruction.

· At least 8 inches clearance should be maintained from the back side of the device to the nearest wall or obstruction. This clearance may need to be increased for models that have side mounted test cocks or relief valves that would be facing the back wall.