Rochdale Infirmary, Manchester

Author Duncan Lewis Calendar 1 May 2019
Feeling the pressure – the need for reliable water supply at Rochdale Infirmary

Unreliable booster pump becoming a safety issue

Dutypoint are here to help


Project industry Healthcare

Project type Booster set replacement


Dutypoint was called in to help and after a detailed investigation which included a site survey, we proposed a solution that involved replacing all the working components of the existing booster pump with high quality, durable, easily serviceable replacements, and in order to reduce cost, disruption and the risk of any potential loss of supply, all existing pipework and manifolds were retained.


When the facilities management team at Rochdale Infirmary, an NHS acute general hospital located in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, became aware that their aging and unreliable booster pump was threatening to disrupt the supply of potable water to their patients and staff, they contacted Dutypoint as a matter of urgency.

The hospital had been relying on an old booster pump for the crucial delivery of potable water from a 70,000 litre tank to all outlets across the hospital including taps and showers, and the reliability of said booster pump was becoming a significant cause of concern for the facilities team.


The work undertaken on the Rochdale Infirmary booster pump project by Dutypoint included the original fault diagnosis and designing, building and installing a fully WRAS approved system that would deliver the required pressure at all times. This included the provision of an expansion vessel for efficiency at times of low demand and designing in the capability to deliver the required flow at peak demand times, i.e., when multiple taps and showers could be used at the same time.

Further features of the enhanced booster system include a purpose-built control panel with pressure sensing capability for better fault indication, inverter controlled pumps for improved efficiency and compatibility with the hospital’s existing BMS.

The facilities team at Rochdale Infirmary now have the reassurance of knowing that they have a reliable, efficient, easy to maintain pressure booster installed to satisfy the potable water needs of the hospital’s staff and patients.