Pioneer Water Tanks have been developing water storage solutions for the harsh conditions of Australia for over 30 years. Australia’s extreme fire-prone areas and remote communities without water mains make for durable water needs. Pioneer Water Tanks are implemented for fire protection applications throughout the county for the advantages of the engineered system.

1. Exclusive Pioneer Water Tanks design: resistance to fire with over 30-years of research and development

2. Pioneer Water Tanks fire protection applications for ranches, farms, home environments

3. Pioneer Water Tanks fire protection applications for commercial and industrial buildings

 

Pioneer Water Tanks in Australia provide water storage solutions for fire protection

 


 

The Advantages of Pioneer Water Tanks

 


 

Pioneer Water Tanks are extensively designed for durability and corrosion resistance. The Zincalume® Steel tank body and AQUALINER® Fresh liner design of Pioneer Water Tanks allow for short term resistance to flames directly on the tank body itself. After a fire immersion event, it should be noted that Zincalume® and COLORBOND® Steel have accelerated corrosion and structural degradation.

One key benefit of investing in a Pioneer Water Tank is that even after a significant fire, the water tank will still be usable for several months and during the event itself. The time after fire devastation is when water is desperately needed for animal watering, etc. Even if the Pioneer Water Tank is severely burnt, the water can be used directly after the fire. For Pioneer Water Tanks that have minor damages on one side of the tank, the panels may be able to be replaced and the liner can be repaired or replaced.

 

Pioneer Water Tank remained ready after the recent bushfire disaster
This Pioneer Water Tank remained ready to use after the recent bushfire disaster.

 

Plastic water tanks, known as poly tanks or polyethylene are known to melt with fire exposure and cannot last with fire immersion. During a fire event, the water may not be usable since the structure itself is easily destroyed. “Polyethylene (plastic) constructed tanks fared worst under all levels of exposure.. (1 Bushfire CRC).”

 

Rural Australian ranch Pioneer Water Tanks are still standing and ready to use after a bushfire disaster while the poly water tanks melted.
Rural Australian ranch Pioneer Water Tanks are still standing and ready to use after a bushfire disaster while the poly water tanks melted.

The Australian Bushfire CRC research on intense fire devastation is cited in American fire-prone areas as an authoritative source. The Del Norte County California Fire Safe Plan states, “There are more and more options for inexpensively storing water. Cisterns—a catchment to collect rainwater—are becoming increasingly popular. Several websites are describing how to make one yourself, start with a search for “cistern.” Low-cost water tanks are also available. Pioneer tanks from Australia are now seen throughout the North Coast (www.pioneertanks.com.au) (2. Del Norte Fire Safe Plan).”

The 2006 Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC) and CSIRO project revealed that Pioneer Water Tanks can withstand 30-minutes of full fire immersion without losing structural integrity and without water loss.

 

“This valuable research contribution to bushfire safety and preparedness provides community educators with detailed information that informs the fire safety planning of residents. This is particularly important post-Black Saturday as residents in fire-prone areas are eager to purchase defensive equipment including water tanks and are seeking from firefighters advice on the ‘best’ type. The research identifies the structural integrity issues of water tanks under a range of fire impact scenarios which in turn leads to recommendations regarding fuel clearance and the lessening of the vulnerability of tanks….” – Russell Taylor, AFSM, Group Manager Executive Support, NSW Rural Fire Service

 


Pioneer Water Tanks fire protection applications for ranches, farms, home environments


 

Pioneer Water Tanks are the premier water storage solution provider in Australia and around the world. Having usable water available for fire emergencies is a top priority in ranch, farming, and home environments. Fire protection and suppression systems are designed for the property and location requirements.

 

A typical fire protection system would include a Pioneer Water Tank with a fire outlet that creates a fire reserve supply of water. The average fire reserve for a ranch environment is 20,000-liters (5,283-gallons).

“This research indicates that steel construction tanks have the greatest chance of retaining their structural integrity and preventing water loss under bushfire conditions, while polyethylene tanks are at risk of total failure when adjacent combustible items are present, such as heavy forest fuels, fences, structures or even other polyethylene tanks.” – Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC)

> Go to the Full Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre Report on Rain Water Tanks in Bushfires

 

There are many ways that a water supply is implemented for fire protection including for fire sprinkler systems, to supplement the existing water supply, for the fire response to be able to connect to for easy access.

“I need to make our rainwater storage work as efficiently as possible to meet our agricultural needs- and also so I don’t have the additional outlay for mains water,” said Gavin from Freeling South Australia (SA)
“We wanted to customize our tanks for fire – this was important for us as we needed to not only draw water for agricultural use but fires as well.”

Read the full article: https://pioneerwatertanks.com.au/gavins-story-from-freeling-south-australia/

 

The Australian network of dealers and installers are an integral part of their communities. After a bushfire event, authorized providers perform Pioneer Water Tank inspections. On Kangaroo Island, Pioneer Water Tanks SA (Southern Australia), performed tank inspections after the recent bushfire devastation in 2019.

 

 

“That satisfying feeling you get when your second inspection on Kangaroo Island after the devastating bushfires is a customer telling you the only reason his house is still standing is because of his Pioneer Water Tank.” – Ben Wise, with Pioneer Water Tanks SA http://www.pioneertanks.com/

 

Extreme bushfire conditions in Australia require plans in place. Six days before Black Saturday, February 7, 2009, a family home fire sprinkler system that was recently installed filmed the inspection. The devastating bushfires went across the state of Victoria on what is now called Black Saturday, and the family filmed the system being used to defend their home.

 

The West Coast of the United States, in particular California, is also experiencing heightened fire disasters. Pioneer Water Tanks are utilized in similar applications for homes, farms, vineyards, commercial properties, and more throughout the state. Pioneer Water Tanks America operates with a local network of authorized company providers and accredited installation experts.

> Learn more about becoming an authorized provider or installer with Pioneer Water Tanks America.

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WaterMark H2O installed this fire protection water tank for a concrete facility in Clearlake, California.

 

 


Pioneer Water Tanks commercial and industrial fire protection applications


 

All new commercial buildings in Australia have a dedicated fire reserve tank that follows the Design standard AS2419, Australian Standard Code. The AS2304 code describes the required nozzle type and several other extra components with effective capacity relative to the commercial building size.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks are utilized for applications such as to fill fire trucks and air support, as the water source for hydrants, to supplement existing water supply, and much more.

 

In the state of Victoria, Australia a series of Pioneer Water Tanks provide a fast, steady source of water for fire trucks and air support.

 

Shepparton, Victoria Australian firefighters using Pioneer Water Tanks to fill fire trucks and air support

The engineering personnel and independent consulting engineers provide professional design and support services. The flexibility of configuration for Pioneer Water Tanks means nozzles, fittings and other accessories can be specified according to local requirements.

The isolation of Australia’s terrain makes for a lack of water distribution outside of major communities and cities. Fire protection and hydrant systems are essential in case of emergencies that may be supplied solely on water tanks. Divine Water Tanks, accredited provider of Pioneer Water Tanks in Queensland, provide water solutions for a variety of applications including necessary fire protection.

 

“Divine Water Tanks are proud to have been involved in the upgrade of fire services for 5 schools around SE and Central Queensland. The project included the installation of various Pioneer Fire Water Tanks which formed part of the fire service upgrades.”http://www.divinewatertanks.com.au/

 

 

Fire conditions in California, Oregon, and Washington can be comparable to the bushfires in Australia. Pacific Northwest states have similar remote communities without water mains who rely on independent water supplies like having a large-capacity Pioneer Water Tank.

 

40,000 gallon water storage tanks on sale
Fire protection Pioneer Water Tank for a Napa Valley vineyard with a 40,000-gallon capacity.

 

Four Pioneer Water Tanks in Napa California for fire protection.
Four Pioneer Water Tanks in Napa California for fire protection.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America is the distributor for the North American markets. We’re ready to supply water storage solutions for residential and commercial applications with our network of accredited providers. Standard Pioneer Water Tanks are available from 5,000 to 1,000,000-Gallons or can be custom-built up to one million gallons.

 

Our exclusive North American dealer and project management network facilitate sales, service, and, installations. We offer a full range of accessories and fittings so that your tank meets your needs and performs to the highest standards.

 


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Sources

1. “Tanks on Trial: Performance of Rainwater Tanks in Bushfire Conditions.” Bushfire CRC, 2010, https://www.bushfirecrc.com/sites/default/files/managed/resource/tanks_on_trial.pdf.

2. Del Norte Fire Safe Plan Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Del Norte Fire Safe Plan Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Del Norte Fire Safe Council, 2005.

3. “RESEARCH INTO THE PERFORMANCE OF WATER TANKS IN BUSHFIRE -Bushfire CRC Project D1.” Bushfire CRC, 2007, www.bushfirecrc.com/sites/default/files/managed/resource/water-tank-behavior-bushfires_0_0.pdf.

4. “Gavin’s Story From Freeling South Australia – Pioneer Water Tanks.” Pioneer Water Tanks Australia, 3 Dec. 2019, pioneerwatertanks.com.au/gavins-story-from-freeling-south-australia/.

 

 

Fire Protection Water Storage Solutions Provided by Tanks Alot in Boerne, Texas

On top of all of the irrigation and rainwater harvesting solutions that Tanks Alot offers, they are ready to provide fire protection water storage tanks. Tanks Alot is an accredited dealer of Pioneer Water Tanks as a full-service-provider for a wide range of applications.

The engineered XLE series of Pioneer Water Tanks can be configured to the project needs. Tanks Alot can add and upgrade with fire department connections, seismic engineering, and much more.

A retail center in San Antonio came to Tanks Alot in 2019 in need of enough water capacity to fulfill the local fire marshal fire flow requirements. The space that was allotted for the fire protection water tank had a small space for the diameter without any height restrictions.

Tanks Alot Provided this Fire Protection Water Tank for a Retail Center
Tanks Alot Provided this Fire Protection Water Tank for a Retail Center

Tanks Alot configured an XLE 10/05 Pioneer Water Tank with a 17’ 7” diameter and five-ring tank wall height of 17’ 5” tall. This allowed for a capacity of 31,534-gallons that fulfilled the requirements. The fire protection water tank now stands ready in case of an emergency with the appropriate fire drafting connections and is permitted with the local authority.

When a rural property in the KremKau Divide in Bexar County needed water storage with fire department connections, Tanks Alot provided an XLE 23/02 Pioneer Water Tank. This fire protection water tank is anchored to a concrete ring beam for additional support. The property has 29,093-gallons of water standing ready in case of an emergency that can be connected to by any local fire department.

 

Tanks Alot Provided a Residential Fire Protection Dual Use Water Tank
Tanks Alot Provided a Residential Fire Protection Dual Use Water Tank

 

Recently Tanks Alot provided the Singing Water Vineyards a dual-purpose XLE 50/03 Pioneer Water Tank. The 97,148-gallon capacity water tank will be used for irrigation for the vineyard. The large capacity of Pioneer Water Tanks will enable the vineyard to preserve a backup water supply with a fire department connection in case of emergencies.

Tanks Alot provided the Singing Water Vineyards a dual-purpose XLE 50/03 Pioneer Water Tank
Tanks Alot Provided the Singing Water Vineyards a Dual-Purpose XLE 50/03 Pioneer Water Tank

Family homes in rural areas can also benefit from having a water tank with fire connections. Tanks Alot provided a rainwater harvesting system for the Mata family in the Driftwood, Texas area. The rainwater system collects rainwater off of the home rooftop and conveyed into the Pioneer Water Tank with a wet conveyance system. The XL15/02 Pioneer Water Tank safely stores the rainwater inside with a 20,243-gallon capacity. The rainwater tank includes fire department connections for easy access to water in case of an emergency.

 

Tanks Alot provides water solutions for homes and commercial projects
Tanks Alot Provide Water Solutions for Homes and Commercial Projects

Talk with Tanks Alot about fire protection water storage solutions for businesses and homes in the Boerne, Texas area. They also provide many other products and solutions for irrigation.

Learn more at TanksAlotTX.com or call (830) 331-7330.

 

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Why You’ll Never Complain About Your Pioneer Water Tank Being Too Big, with Harvested Rain Solutions in Austin, Texas

 

Water storage capacity is the supply available, and nobody ever complains about having too much. On average, one-inch of rainwater collected from a 1,000-square foot roof can yield about 600 gallons. Without the proper storage, rainwater collected above the capacity is drained out through an overflow pipe. 

 

Having an above-ground storage tank for a well water system allows the well to work at a lower pressure and surges in use are easily supplied by the storage tank, with the well refilling the tank over a longer period if it’s a lower yield well.  In case of an emergency or for large peak daily use, such as for irrigation, a larger capacity is preferred.

 

Preparedness for fire protection systems and backup water storage also benefits with a larger capacity. Pioneer Water Tanks are the premier large capacity water storage solution for residential and commercial needs.

Fire Protection Water Tank provided by Harvested Rain Solutions for a commercial property in the Austin, Texas area

 

Large capacity concrete and welded water tanks require long installation times with heavy equipment. Pioneer Water Tanks installation advantage is in the engineered construction of the bolted, V-LOCK corrugated tank body that secures the exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner inside to protect the water. The bolt-together construction and roof trussing system enable installations in even the most hard-to-reach areas.

 

The cost-efficiency of water storage increases with the capacity so that at a certain point, it just makes more sense to get extra storage for the cost per gallon as compared to a smaller tank. This is why every Pioneer Water Tank owner can tell you that – a tank can never be too big.

 

Ron Van Sickle with Harvested Rain Solutions, based in Austin, Texas, has experience with rainwater systems for homes, businesses, and fire protection. Their rainwater system designs include Pioneer Water Tanks for safe, clean storage. The capacity of Pioneer Water Tanks supplies for the needs of the application.

 

Sometimes, a rainwater system owner will come back to Harvested Rain Solutions for additional storage that they thought that initially, they wouldn’t need. They end up with two or more Pioneer Water Tanks when they could have had a system designed by Ron with one cost-effective large capacity rainwater tank.

“We often hear from clients that “a tank that big will never fill up” – only to have them call and tell me they hate seeing water go out the overflow pipe! It is always more cost-effective to order the next size larger tank than it is to add a second tank of any size.” – Ron Van Sickle, owner of Harvested Rain Solutions

 

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Talk with Accredited Master Dealer Harvested Rain Solutions at (877) 693-2166

 

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Oklahoma Pioneer Fire Protection System Provides Easy Access to Water

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America provided a fire protection system for a commercial property in Durant, Oklahoma in September. The project included Ben Pedraza, Innovative Water Solutions, Hydrona LLC and Tank Builders for a coordinated installation.

 

The fire protection system implements an XLE 60/08 Pioneer Water Tank with a 300,000-gallon capacity. The fire protection tank has a 41 feet and eight-inch diameter with a 27 feet and eight-inch tank wall height.

The fire protection Pioneer Water Tank includes anti-vortex nozzles for easy access to the water supply in case of an emergency. Fire hoses can be attached swiftly to the approved anti-vortex nozzles. The caged ladder and lockable access hatch are engineered to OSHA requirements for the rare occasion that the tank needs to be entered or examined from the top. The supplemented water supply tank was required by the local authority because of inadequate fire flow. The Pioneer Water Tank is now ready to supply water at the required pressure for firefighting.

The coordinated installation achieved the project with the proprietary Pioneer Water Tanks jacking system that doesn’t require the use of heavy machinery. This efficient installation process reduces the count of workers and expensive equipment needed.

The proprietary jacking system can be seen lifting the bottom of the tank during the installation. The next ring is bolted on as the installation progresses.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America supplies NFPA 22 compliant turnkey and custom fire protection water tanks along with our local dealer and installation network. Pioneer Water Tank systems have the option to include engineering submittal drawings as well as engineer wet-stamped project papers for permitting.

 

We provide everything for your fire protection water storage project from design needs to an accredited installation onsite with a warranty to back the tank and tank liner. Our full lines of commercial accessory options can be added to comply with local fire authority requirements and ensure that your water is ready for emergencies.

 

 

Fire Protection Water Solutions

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America exhibited and spoke at the 2019 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo. We provide residential and commercial water storage solutions with NFPA compliant fire protection options.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America presented Using Rainwater for Fire Protection, with regards to NFPA 13 A.23.21.

Using Rainwater for Fire Protection According to NFPA
Using Rainwater for Fire Protection According to NFPA

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Rainwater has become a sustainable water source for many applications. NFPA 13 A.23.21 stipulates that recycled or reclaimed water that has been properly analyzed for quality, is adequate for fire protection use. We will present successful past projects and general steps to implementing rainwater for fire protection.

 

 

 

Presentation Resources:

 

1. NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=13

 

2. NFPA Dynamics of Wildfire: Where is there available water?

https://www.nfpa.org/assets/gallery/firewise/operationWater/step2_4.htm

 

3. Minnesota Stormwater Manual: Stormwater and rainwater harvest and use/reuse combined

https://stormwater.pca.state.mn.us/index.php?title=Stormwater_and_rainwater_harvest_and_use/reuse_combined

 

4. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Rainwater Harvesting for Fire Protection

https://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/fire-protection/

 

5. The Jefferson Monticello Historical Preservation: Cisterns

https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/cisterns

 

Pioneer Water Tanks are compliant with NFPA National Fire Protection Association standards for fire protection applications. Fire protection packages come with a complete set of engineer-approved drawings with an option to add an engineer-stamped cover letter specifically for the project.

 

We offer a wide variety of water-storage options with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 1,000,000 Gallons. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you have a fire-protection solution that will last.


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Fire Protection Water Tanks

 

Pioneer Water Tanks comply with NFPA 22 standards for fire protection water tanks. The tank body and roof are made of Zincalume® Steel, proven to withstand fire immersion. Our full lines of firefighting adapters and nozzles are compatible with fire hoses across North America.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks can be configured for cyclonic and seismic conditions, as well as heavy industrial zones. Additional accessories are available for different compliance needs. Outfit your tank with anti-vortex fittings and firefighting adapters for quick access during a fire emergency.

 

Commercial and residential properties that do not have an adequate water supply for local authority requirements can be supplied with a water storage tank for a building permit. We offer optional engineering packages for the permit process when needed. Our engineering packages are based on the project and application.

Why Choose Pioneer Water Tanks for Fire Protection?

 

1. Pioneer Water Tanks are used for fire protection as the longest-lasting water storage that can double as a drinking water source. Our fire protection water tanks work well with local fire code authority requirements and our optional engineering packages make the permit process easier.

2. Pioneer fire-protection tanks are designed to exceed NFPA National Fire Protection Association standards, as required by the American Fire Code, for fire-water storage. Fire protection packages come with a complete set of engineer-approved drawings.

3. Pioneer offers a wide variety of water-storage options with capacities ranging from 3,000 to 1,000,000 Gallons. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you have a fire-protection solution that will last.

4. Pioneer Water Tanks are made of Zincalume® steel that has been proven to withstand fire immersion and resist corrosion, ensuring the safety of your water supply in even the worst emergencies. Our full line of anti-vortex and fire-fighting adapters ensure water is always available for quick access during a fire emergency.

5. Pioneer Water Tanks’ 30-Year dedication to providing the longest-lasting water storage that is always ready, works well for the rough environment and commercial applications. Our tanks are used as a water source for firefighting for properties without any other water source and as a water source for fire departments. Our standard capacities and accessories are quoted to the project requirements to get you the best price possible.

 

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Ready to Supply Water in an Emergency or For Everyday

 

The Harris County Fire Code requires enough water supply/pressure, called fire flow, in case of fire emergencies.

 

507.1 Required water supply. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction.

 

Every Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler Systems require permits and plan submittals in Harris County before they are installed. New residential and commercial buildings also require permits, with some projects needing a supplemented water supply for fire flow requirements.

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Pioneer Water Tanks America offers supplemental and complete water storage systems that comply with NFPA 22 Standards for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection‎. Our standard range of capacities 5,000-Gallons to 1,000,000-Gallons. We can also provide custom capacities, sizes and for different application requirements.

 

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Our complete engineering submittal packages provide detailed drawings, engineering calculations, and Texas engineer stamped foundation designs for easier permit submission. Pioneer Water Tanks have full lines of commercial accessories to fulfill local authority requirements to make your tank multifunctional.

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We support a nationwide dealer and installation network that can provide an efficient, onsite, accredited installation without the use of heavy machinery. Pioneer Water Tanks are installed with our proprietary jacking system for larger industrial projects within a week.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks are proven to be a reliable water source that can include fire hose hookups as well as firefighting nozzles. The cost-effective capacity can also double as an emergency water source since the tank liner is NSF 61 certified for drinking water.


 

 

This is one example of a 65,000-Gallon fire protection water tank in Houston, Texas. This project was provided by Rainwater Equipment, RainwaterEquipment.com


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Providing Harris County with Water Storage for Fire Protection

 

Harris County requires permits and plan submittals for new fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems to include providing the required water supply, the fire flow, for the building.

 

FIRE-FLOW: The flow rate of a water supply, measured at 20 pounds per square inch (psi) (138 kPa) residual pressure, that is available for fire fighting.

 

FIRE-FLOW CALCULATION AREA: The floor area, in square feet (m2) used to determine the required fire flow.

 

> Link to Harris County Fire Flow Worksheet

 

The Harris County Fire Flow worksheet is based on the National Fire Academy (NFA) method of calculating fire flow.

 

Needed fire flow = [(length x width) ÷ 3] x percent of involvement

 

Example: For a 30′ x 50′ building that’s 25 percent involved, the flow would be 30 x 50 = 1,500 square feet, divided by 3 = 500 x 0.25 = 125 GPM.

 

Houston Fire Code as Relevant to Fire Flow

 

507.1 Required water supply. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction.

 

508.1 Required water supply. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction. A water supply as otherwise required by this section will not be required if the responsible emergency services district or fire department provides a letter stating they can provide sufficient fire flow for the specific project.

 

2808.18 Fire protection response plan: • Local fire department is a participant in the plan • Local fire department has a copy of the fire prevention response plan 32 • Employees are trained and can perform their role in an emergency • Heavy equipment with trained operators to separate and work piles is on site or immediately available • Adequate water supply: fixed hydrants, portable tanks, ponds, other sources • Adequate pressure and flow rate at all locations on site (minimum of 250 GPM at 60 PSI)

Link to the City of Houston Fire Code: Link

 

 

One fire sprinkler can use on average eight gallons-per-minute (GPM). Most home fire sprinkler systems accommodate two simultaneous flowing sprinklers, with a minimum need of 16 GPM to supply them with water. The size of a house, local building requirements, and the water source may require more sprinklers or be required at a higher pump rate. One or two sprinklers must flow for a minimum of 7-10 minutes, which can be provided by a well water tank or a rainwater tank when sprinklers are not supplied by a water distribution system. Fire sprinkler systems that aren’t supplied enough by a utility water source, need an on-hand water supply of at least 15% of the total required fire flow (but exact percentage is based on local authority requirements).

 

Additional water storage ensures that your property has water on hand for emergencies, typically with a pump system that won’t go down in case of electricity failure. This becomes even more important, if not required, based on how rural the property location is.

 

Rural water distribution systems that are found to be inadequate to supply 16 GPM for fire sprinklers, would probably fall short of the minimum code-required plumbing demand, and it would surely fall far short of the 1,000+ GPM needed from fire hydrants to support a fire department extinguishing a fire in a home without a sprinkler system.

 

To figure out the exact fire flow requirements, refer to the local Fire and Building Codes, as well as refer to the local pre-inspection requirements. If fire flow must be measured in regards to the local Fire Code, the ICC International Code Council provides a chart to show fire flow requirements based on of building construction and square footage. The ICC Construction Types that determine the fire flow, are listed in the drop-down below. The calculation uses the ICC minimum required fire-flow and flow duration for buildings.

 

TYPE I-A–Fire Resistive Non-combustible (Commonly found in high-rise buildings and Group I occupancies).

    • 3 Hr. Exterior Walls*
    • 3 Hr. Structural Frame
    • 2 Hr. Floor/Ceiling Assembly
    • 1 ½ Hr. Roof Protection

 

TYPE I-B–Fire Resistive Non-Combustible (Commonly found in mid-rise office & Group R buildings).

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 2 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 2 Hr. Ceiling/Floor Separation
  • 1 Hr. Ceiling/Roof Assembly

 

TYPE II-A–Protected Non-Combustible (Commonly found in newer school buildings).

  • 1 Hr. Exterior Walls
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof Protection

 


 

TYPE II-B–Unprotected Non-Combustible (the Most common type of non-combustible construction used in
commercial buildings).

  • Building constructed of non-combustible materials but these materials have no fire resistance.

 

TYPE III-A–Protected Combustible (Also known as “ordinary” construction with brick or block walls and a
wooden roof or floor assembly which is 1-hour fire-protected).

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof Protection

 

TYPE III-B–Unprotected Combustible (Also known as “ordinary” construction; has a brick or block walls with a
wooden roof or floor assembly which is not protected against fire. These buildings are frequently found in
“warehouse” districts in older cities.)

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • No fire resistance for structural frame, floors, ceilings, or roofs.

 


 

TYPE IV–Heavy Timber (also known as “mill” construction; to qualify all wooden members must have a
minimum nominal dimension of 8 inches.)

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame or Heavy Timber
  • Heavy Timber Floor/Ceiling/Roof Assemblies

 

TYPE V-A–Protected Wood Frame (Commonly used in the construction of newer apartment buildings; there is
no exposed wood visible.)

  • 1 Hr. Exterior Walls
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof

 

TYPE V-B–Unprotected Wood Frame (Examples of Type V-N construction are single-family homes and
garages. They often have exposed wood so there is no fire resistance.)


The following calculation uses the ICC Fire Flow based on the above construction types of the square footage of the building. The chart below reflects the calculation as well.


We provide water storage for fire protection, with a full line of NFPA compliant firefighting adapter and nozzle options. Get your best price on water storage with Pioneer Water Tanks America localized dealer and installation network.


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Water Storage for Fire Protection Solutions

 

This year’s NFPA Conference and Expo focused on persistent fire and life safety challenges that are faced for residential and commercial applications. We were able to network across the industry about Pioneer Water Tanks fire protection solutions.

Sales Manager, Richard Dunfield, met with many of our dealers there including Tanks Alot, GEI Works, and APROMSA from Durango, Mexico. Learn more about our established dealers:

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Pioneer Water Tanks America with Tanks Alot at NFPA 2018
Pioneer Water Tanks America with Tanks Alot at NFPA 2018
Pioneer Water Tanks America with APROMSA at NFPA 2018
Pioneer Water Tanks America with APROMSA at NFPA 2018

 

 

 

We offer fire protection water storage solutions that comply with NFPA standards.

 

The Pioneer Water Tank network provides water storage backed with 30-years of experience.

 

  • Outfit your tank with anti-vortex fittings and firefighting adapters for quick access during a fire emergency.

  • Pioneer Water Tanks can be configured for cyclonic and seismic conditions, as well as heavy industrial zones.

  • Fire Protection Tanks capacity range from 3,170 gallons to 97,744 gallons to accomplish your compliance needs.

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Pioneer Water Tanks America at NFPA 2018
Pioneer Water Tanks America at NFPA 2018



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Pioneer Water Tanks Comply with NFPA 22 Fire Protection Standard

 

The NFPA 22 Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection sets the minimum requirements for the design, construction, installation, and maintenance of water tanks and their accessories.

 

Chapter four of the NFPA 22 Standards for Private Fire Protection covers the general requirements while the other chapters go into depth by the type of water tank.

 

General Requirements

 

1. Capacity and Elevation (4.1):

The size and elevation of the water tank are determined by the individual property conditions, after due consideration of all of the factors involved.

2. Water Sources (4.2):

The water source for filling the tank needs to be adequate and dependable, with allowance for its reliability in the future. If the water supply from a public service main isn’t adequate in quality, quantity or pressure (measured in fire flow for fire protection)- an alternative water source needs to be provided (like an extra water storage tank on the property).

One example of San Diego County Fire Authority Minimum Fire Flow Requirements for Fire Protection
One example of the San Diego County Fire Authority Minimum Fire Flow Requirements for Fire Protection

 

3. Location of Tanks (4.3):

The tanks need to be located so that the tank, as well as the structure, are protected from fire exposure in accordance with NFPA 22 standard chapter 4.3.1.1 through 4.3.1.5.

 

4. Tank Materials (4.4):

Water tank materials are limited to steel, wood, concrete, coated fabrics, and fiberglass-reinforced plastic tanks.

 

5. Workmanship (4.5):

Tank manufacturers are expected to comply with these requirements set forth as well as providing structures that are proven reliable under all specified conditions. Manufacturers will replace all defective parts due to faulty materials or workmanship as well as provide careful inspection during fabrication and install.

6. Plans (4.6):

Contractors will provide stress sheets, plans required, the authority having jurisdiction for approval or for obtaining building permits and licenses. The jurisdiction for approval of layouts will be given complete information covered in NFPA 22 standard chapter 4.6.2.2.

See the Technical Specifications of the Tank Models

 

7. Tank Contractor Responsibility (4.7):

Experienced contractors will handle all of the necessary work with careful workmanship and expert supervision. The manufacturer shall warranty the tank for at least 1 year from the date of completion. Once the tank is complete, the contractor will test the tank for being watertight and notify the authority for official inspection. Contractors will remove and dispose of any trash on-site, in accordance with NFPA 241.
Our accredited dealer and installation network are held by contract to the Pioneer Water Tank workmanship standards and expert project supervision. We offer a 20-year warranty from the date of completion.

 

8. Attachments to Tank Structures (4.8):

If the water tank will be used to support signs, flagpoles, steel stacks, etc, they need to be specifically designed for that purpose. Each tank shell manway will have a confined entry requirement signposted.

We offer a full line of optional engineered accessories for multiple water storage applications, including firefighting adapters and nozzles manufactured to NFPA standards.

 

9. Lightning Protection (4.9):

Water tanks will be installed according to NFPA 780 to prevent lightning damage.

 

10. Strength (4.10):

The tank material is required to be without defects that affect its strength or service. The workmanship quality of the tank will be so that defects or injuries aren’t produced during the tank manufacturing or installation.

The tank structure needs to have the required strength and rigidity set forth.
Pioneer Water Tanks are third-party tested, certified and warranty-backed for everything stated in our engineering packages.

 

11. National Standards (4.11):

Only tank materials produced and tested in accordance with the requirements of a recognized national standard and within the mechanical (strength), metallurgical, and chemical limitations of one of the material grades specified by NFPA 22 will be permitted.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks Assessment to NFPA 22
Pioneer Water Tanks Assessment to NFPA 22

 

12. Loads (4.12):

Water tank load requirements

 

a. Dead Load: The dead load will be the estimated weight of all permanent construction and fittings.

b. Live Load: Under normal conditions, the live load will be the weight of all the liquid when it overflows the top of the tank. Provisions will be made for temporary stresses during installation.

c. Wind Load: Under normal conditions, the wind load or pressure will be assumed to be 30 lb/ft2 (147 kg/m2) on vertical plane surfaces, 18 lb/ft2 (88 kg/m2) on projected areas of cylindrical surfaces, and 15 lb/ft2 (73 kg/m2) on projected areas of conical and double-curved plate surfaces.

d. Earthquake Load: Water tank structures will comply with the local building code for seismic requirements.

e. Balcony, Platform, and Ladder Loads: All of the tank structural parts and connections will be designed to withstand loads they will be used for. These specified loads are not be required to be combined with snow loading.

f. Columns and Struts: All steel columns and struts will be designed in conformance with AWWA D100.

g. Stress Increases: When wind or earthquake loads are considered in calculating stresses, the maximum permissible increase in the working unit stresses will be one-third, provided the resulting section isn’t less than what’s required for the dead and live loads.

h. Roof Construction: The tank roof will be designed to withstand the forces anticipated during the installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance.

 

13. Welding (4.13):

Welding will be completed in accordance with AWWA D100, NFPA 241, and ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX.

 

14. Roof Standards (4.14):

All tanks need a roof. The OSHA-compliant standard railing will be placed on the roof manholes and other accessories that require access.

 

We offer complete engineering packages and water tank roof plans for Pioneer Water Tanks.
We offer complete engineering packages and water tank roof plans for Pioneer Water Tanks.

 

15. Roof Vent Standards (4.15):

Steel rooftops that are essentially airtight need a vent above the maximum water level with a corrosion-resistant screen to prevent contamination.

 

We offer multiple ventilation accessories for Pioneer Water Tanks.
We offer multiple ventilation accessories for Pioneer Water Tanks.

 

16. Test Reports (4.16):

Test reports and certificates of compliance will be maintained by the vendor and made available for review by the purchaser.
Pioneer Water Tanks’ test reports and certificates of compliance are ready for permitting packages by the project.

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