Over the past 30 years, selected municipal water authorities have implemented strategies, including stand by fees and other policies, to recover costs for water consumed in fires in sprinklered buildings. Typically these fees are not directly related to sprinkler fire flows but rather are recognition of the fact that these flows are not metered and not accounted for in conventional water cost recovery mechanisms.
In contrast, water consumption at fires at unsprinklered properties is typically not subject to fees nor metered at the hydrant.
With the growing adoption of residential sprinkler ordinances in communities across the country, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is conducting a study on the community impact of fire flow water consumption in both sprinklered and unsprinklered buildings. The report, expected to be released in January, will assess the fire flow fee structure in six U.S. communities.
Read the project summary (under the heading “Suppression”).