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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254073  Demonstrate knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is designed for learners who wish to enter or further their career in this sub field of learning or whom is currently employed in the industry and wishes to receive formal recognition of credits against current competence.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pressure zones in water reticulation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of backflow prevention in water reticulation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Knowledge of personal safety practices.
  • Use and care of hand tools and power tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Water reticulation - in this context refers to all pipe systems, pumping systems, and components that contribute to the distribution of water.
  • All equipment and materials used complies to national standards (specifications and codes of practices). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of pressure zones in water reticulation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pressure and flow are described in terms of ground levels, water pressure, and water demand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pressures in networks are described in terms of accepted levels for minimum and maximum pressure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Measurement of water pressure is described in terms of the methods used and implications of results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A pumping system is described in terms of its use in controlling pressure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Zone valves are described in terms of their distinguishing features, locations, and conditions for their use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Control valves are described in terms of their use and operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pressure sustaining, pressure reducing, pressure relief, altitude, flow control.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of backflow prevention in water reticulation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Backflow is described in terms of the implications for localized contamination of drinking-water supplies, and for compliance with the Drinking-Water Standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Backflow prevention devices are described in terms of their operation, and methods of testing for satisfactory operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Evidence is required for at least two backflow prevention devices.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Backflow prevention techniques are described in terms of their suitability for consumer situations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Air gap, reduced pressure zone (RPZ), double check valve.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners are to have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The current and relevant occupational health and safety legislation.
  • The consequences of not following emergency procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made:
  • Applying principles of backflow prevention. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community:
  • Applying knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Applying knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Applying knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation:
  • Applying knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • Applying knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Applying knowledge of pressure zones and backflow prevention in water reticulation systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  60155   National Certificate: Water and Wastewater Reticulation Services  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


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