Fire & Water Supply Reservoirs
In our last blog we talked about water storage reservoirs or tanks and how to size them and as promised now we will move on to the next step which is water supply pumps and the delivery system that will transfer the stored water to your the processes within your factory or business and then finally discuss how to put it all together.
I Know What Water Storage Reservoirs I Want, I Will Just Call The Plumber and Get A Quote
NO, Not Yet!
You now know where your water storage reservoirs or tanks will be located and what storage capacity you will require. You might think that in order to get the water from point A to point B you will now need to contact your plumber. Please don’t do this yet, even if your plumber has told you that he can size, supply and install the complete system. Rather wait until you have spoken to a local pump specialist about your requirements before you contact a plumber. The pump supplier will advise you as to what pump you need, the size piping you need and perhaps many other things which could make your system safer and more efficient, things that the plumber may not consider or have knowledge of. Once you have this information in hand then pass it on to your plumber for an installation quote to run the piping and connect everything together.
Sizing the Pump & Pipe That Will Supply Your Process Water
When you set up a meeting with a local pump specialist be sure to have them come to your premises and have on hand your water usage assessment as well as the specific water requirements of your key equipment. The pump supplier will need to know everything you intend to supply water to in order to get the right pump and piping. They should also measure the distances from the water storage reservoirs or tank location to where you plan to place the pump and from there to the equipment and other areas that will require water. All of this information, when taken into account will tell them what is required.
Be sure to ask the pump supplier about pressure switches, pressure control, run-dry protection, and metering. You might also ask if it is possible to setup your pump to start automatically when the municipal water is turned off. The automation of the system may cost extra but if your factory has to shut down and restart every time the water goes off it could save you both time and money in the long run.
If you have elected to harvest rainwater you may also speak to the pump specialist about a sediment filter to reduce any contamination going to your equipment or other processes.
Even though we have laid out some of the basic that you will need in order to find the right pumps and piping we cannot stress enough the importance of contacting a reputable local pump specialist for advice on the correct way to size this crucial link between your water storage reservoirs and tanks and the processes in your business.
Now Get Water Storage Reservoirs or Tank Quotes, Pump Quotes and Plumbing Quotes
Having these items quoted individually by their respective specialist suppliers will cost you a little extra time and effort but it will save you time, money and many headaches down the road, this we can almost guarantee.
We recommend requesting quotations from at least 3 different supplier for each item in order to get a good idea of pricing in the market. Be sure to review each quote thoroughly and “compare apples with apples” as they say and remember that the cheapest option is not always the best option, especially when you are investing in the future of your business.
Be sure to provide the pipe requirements that were given to you by the pump specialist to the water storage reservoirs or tank supplier so that they can take this into account when providing you with a quote. The size of these pipes may not only affect the price of the tank fitting but the size of the tank itself.
Be sure to tell the tank supplier that you would prefer them to quote you on a tank with an “effective capacity” of X litres. In laymen’s terms effective capacity is the amount of water that the tank can hold when taking into account the size and position of the fittings installed in it. Gross capacity on the other hand is basically the amount of water that a tank can hold if there were no fittings attached to it. See the drawing below to clarify this.
Putting It All Together
Once you have reviewed all of the quotes and decided which suppliers to go with your main focus will be on getting the system installed. While it is important for you to monitor the progress of the work we would suggest that you also take time to draft a formal company policy and plan that states how and when the system is to be used and distribute this to ALL employees, from the CEO to the janitor, everyone should know what will happen in the event of a water outage.
Once the system is installed be sure to test everything while the suppliers’ teams are still on site to iron out any bugs. Once testing is complete it is a good idea to have an information session with all employees where you go over the policy and plan and demonstrate exactly what will happen if your water supply is interrupted.
Once all this is done you can relax and feel confident in knowing that the next time your business faces a water emergency, that everyone and everything is prepared and you can continue with business as usual.