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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.

Use the menu at the left to take a look at our services and to contact us.  Be sure to check out the News Archive and  Big Water Information sections for a whole bunch of information on water supply delivery operations.

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Tanker Design #8 - 2,500 gallon Tanker - Leitersburg, MD

President Mark Davis, February 20

A few photos of a new tanker popped up on our social media feeds and we thought we would share some info about the new delivery.

Leitersburg VFC located in Washington County, Maryland recently took delivery of a 2020 Kenworth T880 Rosenbauer 2,500-gallon tanker. The unit features a 565Hp Cummins ISX motor with an Allison Transmission and is outfitted with 1000 gpm single stage PTO-driven Waterous ... (Full Story & Photos)

In with the new! A nice, short wheel-base rig to haul water near the Mason-Dixon Line.
In with the new! A nice, short wheel-base rig to haul water near the Mason-Dixon Line.

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A screen shot from the pipe inspection video shows a fish at the 39-ft mark.
A screen shot from the pipe inspection video shows a fish at the 39-ft mark.

Dry Fire Hydrant Repair & Maintenance #08 - Success at Lake Stockholm

President Mark Davis, February 13

Back in June of last year we had the opportunity to help out the folks at Lake Stockholm, New Jersey return their dry fire hydrant to working order. While this may not seem like a big deal to some it was a huge deal at the time because the DFH had to be working in order for the lake association folks to host a special swim event. Without the working DFH, no permit for the event. With help from the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #27 - Deployable Bridge-Mount Design, Harford County, MD

President Mark Davis, February 06

Earlier this week we completed flow testing on two new bridge-mount DFH installations in Harford County, MD. Both of the installations required the use of our angle-mount design and both had flow test results in the 1300+ gpm range! Clearly, the use of a 1750 gpm pumper and a lift under 12 ft at both sites help produce these good results.

The process started back in late summer with an assessment ... (Full Story & Photos)

1300+gpm flow test using a 1750 gpm pumper.
1300+gpm flow test using a 1750 gpm pumper.

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Local ingenuity produces a nice looking brush tanker in Clearfield County, PA.
Local ingenuity produces a nice looking brush tanker in Clearfield County, PA.

Tanker Design #7 - 1,500 gallon Brush Tanker - Winburne, PA

President Mark Davis, January 30

Winburne Fire Company Brush Tanker 18 out of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania carries 1500 gallons and has a CET Pump that flows 700 gpm using a 6-inch suction. The 1990 Harsco 5-ton rig carries a 2100-gallon dump tank and is outfitted with a 4-inch direct tank fill, a 4-inch tank-to-pump line, and a 10-inch square dump valve. Much of the design of the brush tanker was based on information gained through ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Tanker Design #6 - 1,500 gallon Tanker - Kingdom, Alabama

President Mark Davis, January 23

As noted in many of our other stories, our travels around North America provide us with many opportunities to see a variety of ways of "doing business." When it comes to hauling water that means we get to see a wide variety of water hauling vehicles. Sometimes those rigs ar high-end custom vehicles...sometimes those rigs are very plain, homemade or locally made vehicles. Many times the use of homemade ... (Full Story & Photos)

Tanker 272 drops its load of water before heading to the fill site.
Tanker 272 drops its load of water before heading to the fill site.

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No Caption What's on Your Tanker? #20 - Pre-Rigged Jet Siphon and Strainer (Wisconsin)

President Mark Davis, January 16

While looking through some photos from our 2016 seminar in Linn, Wisconsin we came across a couple of shots of Walworth FD's Tender 3836...a 2,000 gal/1000 gpm single axle tender designed to be an efficient water hauler. One of the features that we liked was the way the rig was outfitted to not only drop its 2,000-gallon dump tank and water, but also drop a pre-connected low level suction strainer ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Repair & Maintenance #07 - What's in the Pipe?

President Mark Davis, January 09

A couple of months ago we repaired a broken dry fire hydrant in Harford County, MD. The hydrant's suction head had been broken off for quite some time. Ownership of the property changed and the FD chose to get the system back in service. The site was an old quarry, so water was clean and plentiful. The problem was determining if the existing pipe could sustain drafting operations....meaning blockages, ... (Full Story & Photos)

Pieces of asphalt indicate a little bit of vandalism over the years.
Pieces of asphalt indicate a little bit of vandalism over the years.

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Shelby FD Tanker 113 dumps water just fine at the 2012 drill in Four Mile, AL.
Shelby FD Tanker 113 dumps water just fine at the 2012 drill in Four Mile, AL.

Tanker Design #5 - 2,000 gallon Tanker - Shelby, Alabama

President Mark Davis, January 02

Occasionally on our travels around North America delivering our rural water supply operations seminars we come across some interesting water hauling rigs. During our 2012 seminar in Shelby County, Alabama we had the opportunity to see Shelby FD Tanker 113 in operation...a locally made unit that started off life as a heavy-duty bucket-truck with a power company. The local folks got rid of the boom ... (Full Story & Photos)

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