Municipal Water Supply Systems and Evaluation Methods for Fire Protection

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This cooperative agreement between the USFA and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Educational and Scientific Foundation resulted in a study to evaluate the latest trends and technologies related to municipal water supply systems to enhance effective fire protection.

This study was supported by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate.

The issues of interoperability and critical infrastructure protection, both key areas of interest within the Department of Homeland Security, were incorporated into this initiative. The issues of backup and redundant water supply systems for fire protection were also examined.

From this study two reports were developed:

Volume I Water Supply Systems Concepts discusses water system anatomy, water distribution system design concepts, water quality, consumer consumption and needed fire flow, alternative water supply systems, fire department water supply officer, water supply and effective fire protection, and emergency water supplies.

Volume 2 Water Supply System Evaluation Methods covers the evaluation of municipal water supply systems, water system hydraulics, storage capacity, water supply system computer modeling, and establishing a community program to document effective water supplies for fire protection.

This research is of value to fire protection and fire safety related efforts in the prevention of large loss fires and supports USFA's goal to reduce the loss of life from fire.