While underscoring the benefits of home fire sprinklers, chances are you have been asked which water source is best for these systems. Tackling this question head-on, NFPA Journal picked the brain of Matt Klaus, NFPA's principal fire protection engineer and staff liaison for its sprinkler standards, including NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.
What was Klaus' pick? It turns out each option--municipal water supplies, tank/pump arrangement, and well water--has its pros and cons. He advises designers and homeowners to consider weighing each option and decide which arrangement is best for them.
Regarding water storage tanks, Klaus says that most tanks supporting a 13D system can be 500 gallons or less; take up minimal space in a garage, basement, or utility space; and are "supported by small pumps to provide the needed flow and pressure." Moreover, states Klaus, tank/pump systems are incredibly cost-effective.
Read what Klaus has to say about utilizing other water supplies (swimming pools? Really?) by reading his column in NFPA Journal.