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 Welcome to the Official Website for GBW Associates, LLC.

    

GotBigWater is the official website of GBW Associates, LLC, a privately owned training, consulting, and design firm located in Westminster, Maryland. Our specialty is water supply for public and private fire protection. We at GBW Associates, LLC are known for our training programs, our consulting services, our dry hydrants, and our testing services. Over the years, we have completed projects in over 40 different states and Canada ranging from rural water supply and incident command seminars to ISO water supply assessments to community master planning.

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This 6-inch front intake was limited to 860 gpm on this 2,250 gpm pumper.
This 6-inch front intake was limited to 860 gpm on this 2,250 gpm pumper.

Front Suction Intake Flow Test Project - Test Results Summary

President Mark Davis, January 18

On September 30, 2017, the folks from GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC conducted a number of flow tests on a variety of different makes, models, and styles of 6-inch, fire department suction strainers. Included in that work was a flow test on the front suction intake of a 2,250 gpm pumper. The purpose of the flow test was to demonstrate the reduced flow capability of a front ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Suction Elbow Flow Test Project - Test Results Summary

President Mark Davis, January 11

On September 30, 2017, the folks from GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC conducted a number of flow tests on a variety of different makes, models, and styles of 6-inch, fire department suction strainers. Included in that work were flow tests on three models of 90-degree suction elbows. The results from the suction elbow strainer performance tests are presented in this document.

All ... (Full Story & Photos)

A 90-degree suction elbow in use during our water supply drill in Turtle, Wisconsin back in 2013.  The suction elbows are becoming more popular as folks move to the single-lane dump tank arrangement.  We all know that the side suction inlets on a midship mount fire pump far out perform any front intake, so the suction elbow is a real bonus in terms of drafting from the front without the restriction of a front intake.
A 90-degree suction elbow in use during our water supply drill in Turtle, Wisconsin back in 2013. The suction elbows are becoming more popular as folks move to the single-lane dump tank arrangement. We all know that the side suction inlets on a midship mount fire pump far out perform any front intake, so the suction elbow is a real bonus in terms of drafting from the front without the restriction of a front intake.

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No Caption Suction Strainer Flow Test Project - Test Results Summaries

President Mark Davis, January 04

On September 30, 2017, the folks from GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC conducted a number of flow tests on 30 different makes, models, and styles of 6-inch, fire department suction strainers. The summary results from those flow tests are presented in this document.

All testing was done at the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center in Annandale, New Jersey. Engine ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #13 - Bridge Mount Installation - Hague, New York

President Mark Davis, December 28

The folks in Hague, New York (Warren County) now have a new dry fire hydrant system to help provide fire protection water for the "downtown" area of the town. In mid-December, we installed one of our swiveling, bridge mount dry fire hydrants on a NY State Bridge over Hague Creek. The installation used our saddle mount brackets to support the swiveling DFH. A number of New York State agencies were ... (Full Story & Photos)

The newly installed swiveling, bridge mount DFH provides the Hague VFD with quicker access to water along the Hague Brook.
The newly installed swiveling, bridge mount DFH provides the Hague VFD with quicker access to water along the Hague Brook.

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Engine 342 carries a 10-ft length of 6-inch suction hose in a tray on top of the officer low-side rear compartments.
Engine 342 carries a 10-ft length of 6-inch suction hose in a tray on top of the officer low-side rear compartments.

Suction Hose - #08 - Keeping It Simple

President Mark Davis, December 21

We always enjoy reporting on simple ideas that work to improve the efficiency of water supply operations. While installing one of our bridge-mount dry fire hydrants earlier this week in Hague, New York, we got a chance to see how the folks there carried suction hose. Accessing suction hose can be tough on some pumpers ... and on those pumpers that spend their life drafting as opposed to working ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Water Supply Planning 02 - The Importance of Inspection

President Mark Davis, December 14

A key element of any, Alternative Water Supply Program is the inspection, maintenance, and flow testing of dry fire hydrant installations. Recommended practice regarding inspection is found in NFPA 1142. At a minimum, dry fire hydrants should be inspected on a quarterly basis and maintained as needed to keep them in good operating condition. So what does this inspection include? We recommend at ... (Full Story & Photos)

All dry fire hydrants should be inspected on a quarterly basis to ensure readiness for use.
All dry fire hydrants should be inspected on a quarterly basis to ensure readiness for use.

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No Caption Dry Fire Hydrant Design #12 - Shallow Water Installation - Oxford, MD

President Mark Davis, December 07

By far one of our more challenging designs was the dry fire hydrant/pond drainage system that we helped install in Oxford, Maryland in November 2017. We were approached earlier in 2017 about helping out the Oxford VFD with the development of additional water supply sites - specifically, the installation of dry fire hydrants. One of the locations chosen was a 5-acre, manmade pond that is part of ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Drafting Tip #16 - Source Pumper Uses Dual Intakes

President Mark Davis, November 30

As we have indicated many times, when drafting as the water source pumper is it important to access as much intake water as you can. Using multiple suction inlets is the drafting equivalent of the "heavy water" hook-up on a pressurized hydrant. Even if you are using a dry fire hydrant, if you can access surface water with an additional suction line then by all means do it. The additional suction ... (Full Story & Photos)

Gilford Engine 4 took water from this pond using both the dry fire hydrant and a traditional surface water set-up. Each side suction inlet on the midship fire pump was used, thus allowing maximum water into the pump.
Gilford Engine 4 took water from this pond using both the dry fire hydrant and a traditional surface water set-up. Each side suction inlet on the midship fire pump was used, thus allowing maximum water into the pump.

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