Water Supply Requirements
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers the components that determine water supply requirements for fire suppression systems and the adequacy of the existing water supply.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Explain how much water is required for fire control in a structure.
- Explain the difference between public and private water supply systems.
- Explain the three ways a municipal water supply can be operated.
- List the factors that directly affect the reliability of a water supply system.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of the following:
- gravity tank
- fire pump taking suction from an above-ground suction tank
- Describe how water can be reserved for fire protection purposes in a gravity tank.
- Explain the methods of backflow prevention used in private connections to municipal water supply systems.
- List the reasons that a secondary or redundant water supply may be required.
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects.
- Water supplies for automatic fire protection systems are many and varied. They can be:
- a connection to a municipal system
- some form of private captive storage, either pressurized or static
- a combination of a municipal connection and private supplies
- Regardless of the arrangement, the water supply requirements of the system under consideration must be met in terms of flow and flowing pressure.
- Municipal systems can be arranged to use a static source, such as a river or large supply reservoir located either in the municipality or even some distance away.
- Municipal systems may also use multiple pumps, depending on the desired capacity of the system, or may use elevated tanks that will be part of the system.
- Private supplies mirror municipal systems, but on a much smaller, and sometimes, individual basis.