Due to variations in individual county ordinances, this information is intended to provide a brief overview of water supplies for fire protection and standpipe systems. It is not a code compliance article. For detailed requirements, check with your local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) or give us a call. There are several recognized codes and standards, as well as a variety of local ordinances that may be in force in your area.


While many substances are used for fire control, water is still the major one. Water is well suited to the task of fire extinguishing. Water cools the burning fuel, and this heat reduction extinguishes the fire. One pound of average wood generates approximately 9,000 BTUs when burned completely. One pound of water taken from 70 degrees F through its conversion to steam at 212 degrees F absorbs about 9,000 BTUs. Providing sufficient water for fire suppression is the purpose of the water supply system. Water supply is critical even if you do not have any installed fire protection systems; it becomes even more crucial if you do.

Water supply systems typically include an original source of water, water storage, distribution piping, pumps, and control valves. Water supply for fire protection covers water for use in standpipe systems and other water-based fire suppression systems.


For more information and your specific county ordinance, please feel free to contact us.