Water Supply Requirements

$ 29.00

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
    • cistern
    • 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.

Course Summary

  • 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.