(Houston August 20, 2020) – Advanced Valve Technologies (AVTTM) has strengthened its established relationship with Ferguson Waterworks, the nation’s largest waterworks company. The company has entered into a distributor and installer agreement covering the Arizona and New Mexico regions of the United States.
Ferguson Waterworks has been working with AVT, a manufacturer of insertion valves, for eight years. The company has successfully installed more than 200 4 to 12” AVT EZ Valves® across a range of materials: underground line stopping solutions on DI AC and C900 pipelines. The company has also completed several large-size installs including a 20” EZ Valve installed on a ductile iron line. This line controlled the flow of a one-million-gallon water tank that fed 32 homes in the Rio Rancho region of New Mexico and installing the EZ Valve under pressure meant the residents did not face having their water turned off.
As part of the agreement, three technicians, who were already experienced in the install of the smaller AVT EZ Valve, were trained to install the valve which is designed to last for decades. This enhanced partnership means Ferguson Waterworks now has highly experienced teams trained to install the full range of AVT EZ Valves across the region. They will have increased access to valves and install kits meaning they can respond to the need of the cities they service even quicker.
AVT President, Harry Gray said: “This strategic partnership is great news for the residents and businesses of Arizona and New Mexico. Ferguson already has established and trusted relationships with local water utility operators and will now be able to ensure they can deliver even more reliable water networks via faster access to the innovative AVT EZ Valve and highly experienced installers. This means there will be no need to shut off water networks and less inconvenience will be caused to local people.”
Ferguson’s Sales Manager for Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Tim Malloy said: “We already have a great relationship with AVT and with more than 200 installs under our belt, we’re confident we have the knowledge and experience to ensure we correctly advise our customers on the right products for their individual needs. This further formalized partnership between us and AVT means we have formed an even closer link with the EZ Valve subject matter experts.”
Ranked among the industry’s most innovative solutions, the AVT EZ Valve is designed with a built-in isolation gate that allows the valve to be installed under pressure in challenging conditions. Using this valve allows customers to improve uptime and achieve greater environmental stewardship because it enables faster restoration than alternative solutions, has no negative effect on pipe integrity and can be installed at full pressure with no need to shut off the water supply.