Call for backflow prevention legislation

An industry expert has hit out at the MEP industry for focusing on energy saving guidelines such as LEED while passing over issues such as backflow prevention.

An industry expert has hit out at the MEP industry for focusing on energy saving guidelines such as LEED while passing over issues such as backflow prevention. Managing director of Pipeworks Gary Brodie has called for the introduction of legislation in the Middle East to enforce the use of backflow prevention devices in pipework.

Brodie reported: "These LEED systems that all these guys are talking about, that's all good and well but as nobody talks or mentions this all they are looking at is ways of saving energy, fine but what about poisoning people?"

He added that it is not a problem faced in other areas of the world: "In North America and most European countries they have legislation which mandates backflow prevention. It's actually possible for the contaminated water to flow back into the clean water supply and you need to use things to stop that - backflow preventors."

Backflow prevention devices are available in the market in the Middle East and are used in a number of projects, however without legislation Brodie believes people will continue to ignore the risks: "Because there is no legislation here, people don't do it. I have tried to talk to people about it and I just get a shrug of the shoulders."

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