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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 41 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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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #53 - Proctorsville, Vermont

President Mark Davis, November 10

We recently completed another one of our bridge-mount dry fire hydrant installations....this time in Proctorsville, Vermont on Winery Road at the bridge over the Black River. This location presented our greatest challenge in terms of pipe length as we exceeded our traditional design limit of 20-feet of pipe and had to use 22-feet of pipe to complete the installation. The installation was funded ... (Full Story & Photos)

998 gpm flow produced during the installation performance flow test.  Elevation was 960 feet with an 18-ft lift and using a 1250 gpm pumper.
998 gpm flow produced during the installation performance flow test. Elevation was 960 feet with an 18-ft lift and using a 1250 gpm pumper.

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Crews used a 3-dump tank single-lane arrangement to support the 1500 gpm flow.
Crews used a 3-dump tank single-lane arrangement to support the 1500 gpm flow.

Hauling Water - Wisconsin Style! Another 1000 GPM Club Member!

President Mark Davis, November 03

Last weekend, (10/22-23) folks from Jefferson County, Wisconsin and the surrounding area participated in our 16 hour Rural Water Supply Operations seminar sponsored by the Jefferson County Fire Chiefs Association. Saturday morning was spent reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers and then Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were spent completing practical sessions on dump site ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Shelby County, Alabama Style!

President Mark Davis, October 27

Last weekend folks from Shelby County, Alabama and the surrounding area participated in our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar sponsored by Shelby County EMA and the Calera Fire Department. Saturday morning was spent reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers and then Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were spent completing practical sessions on dump site and fill site ... (Full Story & Photos)

Folks practice dump site operations during the 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar.
Folks practice dump site operations during the 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar.

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The flow test produced 1306 gpm!  Nice!
The flow test produced 1306 gpm! Nice!

Dry Fire Hydrant Design #52 - Whiteford, Maryland

President Mark Davis, October 13

Last week we finished up our 24th bridge-mount dry fire hydrant installation in Harford County, Maryland....this time back to the Whiteford area. The installation was completed on a State of Maryland bridge over Broad Creek on Graceton Road. Our angle-mount design was used as were suction head and suction strainer products from ETT. Today, we flow tested the device and achieved a flow of 1306 gpm ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Tanker? #37 - Clarksville VFC 2TA22 - Clarksville, NY

President Mark Davis, October 06

During our September 2022 rural water supply seminar in Cuba, New York, we came across Tanker 7 (a.k.a. 2TA22) from the Clarksville VFC. The 2019 Sutphen stainless-steel wet-side body tanker is built on an International chassis and is equipped with a Hale DSD 1250 gpm single-stage pump and a 2000-gallon UPF water tank. In addition to carrying a 2500-gallon dump tank the tanker also is equipped with ... (Full Story & Photos)

A nice and compact 2000-gallon water hauler.
A nice and compact 2000-gallon water hauler.

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Crews worked hard to maintain a 1000 gpm uninterrupted flow using 9 tankers and 2 fill sites.
Crews worked hard to maintain a 1000 gpm uninterrupted flow using 9 tankers and 2 fill sites.

Hauling Water - New York Style - A New Member of the 1,000 gpm Club!

President Mark Davis, September 29

On Sunday, September 25th, 30-plus folks from the Cuba Joint Fire District and surrounding areas spent their afternoon hauling water with tankers as part of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by the fire district. Nine tankers, four engines, and two fill sites (6.5 miles roundtrip each) were used to support an uninterrupted flow during the 2-hour drill and ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #51 - Wall Mount - Harford County, Maryland

President Mark Davis, September 15

A few photos from our recent installation of a wall-mount dry fire hydrant on Deer Creek Church Road in Harford County, Maryland. This was our 23rd dry fire hydrant installation in Harford County since 2018; the local fire departments and County EMA are undertaking an aggressive plan to improve access to static water sources in the non-hydranted areas of the County.

Given the design of the culvert ... (Full Story & Photos)

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A nice leaf collection...just in the wrong place.
A nice leaf collection...just in the wrong place.

Drafting Tip #21 - Strainer Screens - Check Them

President Mark Davis, September 08

Always take time to check your suction strainers before deploying them. The photos in this news story show a missing portion of screen that resulted in a nice collection of leaves at the pump's suction inlet screen. The strainer was being used in a rocky bottom stream in mid-October. Granted, had the suction strainer screen been intact the same blockage would have occurred....just at the suction ... (Full Story & Photos)

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