CONSULTANTS ARE developing a flood defence quality mark for the Environment Agency as part of an effort to stamp out the growing number of cowboy firms who sell bogus equipment to householders.
Flood experts at Posford Duvivier are testing a variety of household products that have entered the market following the autumn 2000 floods.
They hope to produce guidance and minimum standards for the products in a bid to protect victims from flood defence product 'cowboys'.
'We are examining various products and putting them into generic types, ' said Posford Duvivier coastal and river director Steve Magenis of the £45,000 research project.
Typical products include plastic flood doors and special seals to replace sandbags. Floodproof kitchen units and wall plaster have also become available following last year's wet weather.
Posford Duvivier hopes to complete its research by early 2002.