There are many ways and reasons that pressure can and should be managed in a network from source to tap. The aim is to create a network where pressure in the pipe system is managed in such a way as to mitigate the rise of transients, which can cause pipe bursts and weaken pipe systems. The goal is to efficiently and effectively control pressure fluctuations, keeping the water network calm, and at serviceable pressure levels and reducing leakage.
This article will focus on one of the solutions the water industry employs to reduce system pressure and manage leakage; namely the Pressure Reducing Valve, (PRV). PRV’s have been a huge asset to the water industry as they are a very simple and effective solution to take a problematic higher-pressure source to a controlled fixed outlet pressure, regardless of flow demand.