Almost every water distribution system around the world has something in common, they are aging and in need of repairs and modernization. For instance, valves were designed to only last about 75 years, however there are many that are much older than this in most systems, and it is estimated that 20-50 percent of water valves are inoperable. Valve failure can constitute a serious problem for any water utility as they can lead to service disruption to thousands of customers in each case — including critical systems like fire protection, hospitals, data centers, schools, and much more.
Unfortunately, removing and replacing inoperable valves can create the potential of system shutdowns which could leave customers without service for extended periods. Utilities and municipalities that need to ensure that their water infrastructure remains in service, while also upgrading and updating those systems, can benefit from Insta-Valve, Hydra-Stop’s line of high-quality insertion valves. Hydra-Stop has set the standard for innovative insertion valves and our valve insertion solutions continue to be the most effective on the market.
Insta-Valve, Hydra-Stop’s valve insertion solution, allows the ability to maintain and repair potable water, wastewater, and industrial systems safely and efficiently, without service disruption to communities around the world. Ideal for planned, routine, or emergency maintenance, our solution can be installed right where a control point is needed, on an existing, in-service water main under pressure.
Installation is quick, easy, and safe, requiring only a simple line tap — a single circular hole cut into the water main. No reaming or shutdown is required, helping maintain the integrity of the pipe while eliminating the incremental costs associated with system shutdown. The Insta-Valve is permanently installed to the pipe, allowing for system control and maintenance in the same manner as a traditional resilient, seated gate valve.
Insta-Valve’s ability to provide site-specific control allows utilities and municipalities to perform the required maintenance to upgrade and improve their water infrastructure without impacting service to customers.