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SECTION 15

PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE


FOR BUILDINGS AND OTHER
STRUCTURES
FACILITIES PLANNING AND
LAYOUT 15.1
Water-Meter Sizing and Layout
for Plant and Building Water
Supply 15.1
Pneumatic Water Supply and Storage
Systems 15.8
Selecting and Sizing Storage-Tank
Hot-Water Heaters 15.11
Sizing Water-Supply Systems for
High-Rise Buildings 15.14
PLUMBING-SYSTEM DESIGN 15.23
Determination of Plumbing-System
Pipe Sizes 15.23

Design of Roof and Yard Rainwater


Drainage Systems 15.29
Sizing Cold- and Hot-Water-Supply
Piping 15.32
Sprinkler-System Selection and
Design 15.40
Sizing Gas Piping for Heating and
Cooking 15.44
Swimming Pool Selection, Sizing, and
Servicing 15.48
Selecting and Sizing Building Sewage
Ejection Pumps 15.52

Facilities Planning and Layout


WATER-METER SIZING AND LAYOUT FOR PLANT
AND BUILDING WATER SUPPLY
Select a suitable water meter for a building having a maximum fresh water demand
of 9000 gal/h (34,110 L / h) for process and domestic use. Choose a suitable storage
method for the water and for an emergency reserve for re protection when there
are no local rivers or lakes for water storage. Show how the water-supply piping
would be connected to a wet-pipe sprinkler system for re protection of the building
and its occupants.
Calculation Procedure:

1. Determine a suitable water-meter size for the installation


Refer to a water-meter manufacturers data for the capacity rating of a suitable
water meter. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) standard for cold
water meters of the displacement type is designated AWWA C700-71. It covers
displacement meters known as nutating- or oscillating-piston or disk meters, which
are practically positive in action.
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The standard establishes maximum output or delivery classications for each


meter size as follows:
5

8-in20 gal / min (15.9 mm1.26 L / s)


4-in30 gal / min (19 mm1.89 L / s)
1-in50 gal / min (25.4 mm3.1 L / s)
1.5-in100 gal / min (38.1 mm 6.3 L / s)
2-in160 gal / min (50 mm10.1 L / s)
3-in300 gal / min (75 mm18.9 L / s)
4-in500 gal / min (100 mm31.5 L / s)
6-in100 gal / min (150 mm63 L / s)
3

The standard also establishes the maximum pressure loss corresponding to the standard maximum capacities as follows:
15 lb / in2 (103 kPa) for the 58-in (15.9-mm), 34-in (19.0-mm) and 1-in (25.4mm) meter sizes
20 lb / in2 (138 kPa) for the 1.5-in (38.1-mm), 2-in (50-mm), 3-in (75-mm), 4in (100-mm), and 6-in (150-mm) meter sizes
For estimating pressure loss in displacement-type cold-water meters, Fig. 1 is provided. Pressure loss in meters for ow at less than the maximum rates for any given
size of meter can be estimated from Fig. 1.
Since the maximum ow through the meter will be 9000 gal/h (34,110 L / h),
we can convert this to gal / min by 9000 gal/h / 60 min / h 150 gal / min (568.5 L -

FIGURE 1 Pressure loss in displacement-type cold-water meters.

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/ min). Referring to the listing above, we see that a 2-in (50.8-mm) water meter
will handle 160-gal/min (606.4 L / min). Since the required ow for this plant is
150 gal / min, a 2-in meter will be satisfactory.
Figure 2a shows how the 2-in water meter would be installed. Normal waterutility practice is to install two identical equal-size water meters with bypass piping
and valves to allow cleaning or repair of one meter while the other is still in service.
Where a compound meter will be installed, the piping would be laid out as shown
in Fig. 2b.
2. Choose the type of storage method for the system served
Fig. 3 shows three different arrangements for water storage at above-ground levels.
The reservoir in Fig. 3a serves only the plant and domestic water needs. It does
not have a provision for emergency water for re-protection purposes.
The constant-head elevated tank in Fig. 3b has an emergency reserve for reghting purposes. Local faire codes usually specify the reserve quantity required.
The amount is usually a function of the building size, occupancy level, materials
of construction, and other factors. Hence, the designer must consult the local applicable re-prevention code before choosing the nal capacity of the constant-head
storage tank.
A vertical cylindrical standpipe is shown in Fig. 3c. While storing more water
on the same ground area, this type of tank is sometimes thought to be visually less
attractive than the elevated tanks in Fig. 3a and 3b.
The alternative to the tanks shown in Fig. 3 is an articial lake, if space is
available at the plant site. Such a solution has its own set of requirements: (1)
Sufcient land area; (2) Suitable soil characteristics for water retention; (3) Fencing
to prevent accidents and vandalism; (4) Approval by the local zoning board for
construction of such a facility; (5) Treatment of the water prior to use to make it
suitable for process and human use. A nal decision on the choice of storage
method is usually based on both economic factors and local zoning requirements.
3. Show how the water supply would be connected to a wet-pipe
sprinkler system
The most common types of re-suppression systems rely on water as their extinguishing agent. Hence, it is essential that adequate supplies of water be available
and be maintained available for use at all times.
The minimum recommended pipe size for re protection is 6 in (152.4 mm).
Where a pipe network is used for re protection, a looped grid pattern is designed
for the plant or building, or both. It is often cost-effective to use larger pipe sizes
in a grid because the installation costs are relatively the same. Table 1 shows the
relative pipe capacity for different size pipes.
The wet sprinkler system, Fig. 4, is connected to the plant water supply which
can include a gravity tank, re pump, reservoir or pressure tank and / or connection
by underground piping to a city water main. As Fig. 4 shows, the sprinkler connection includes an alarm test valve, alarm shutoff and check valve, pressure gages
for water and air, a re-department connection to allow hookup of a pumper, and
an air compressor.
Within the building itself, Fig. 5, the main riser is hooked into cross mains to
supply each of the oors. The wet-pipe sprinkler system accounts for about 75
percent of the systems installed. Where freezing might occur in a building a drytype sprinkler system is used.
Related Calculations. Plumbing-system design begins at the water supply for
the structure served. The most important objective in sizing the water-supply system
is the satisfactory supply of potable water to all xtures, at all times, and at proper

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FIGURE 2 (a) Dual water-service meters installed in a pit; (b) Compound water-service meter
installed in a pit. (Mueller Engineering Corp.)

pressure and ow rate for normal xture operation. This goal is achieved only if
adequate pipe sizes and xtures are provided.
Pipe sizes chosen must be large enough to prevent negative pressures in any part
of the system during peak demand. Such pipe sizes avoid the hazard of watersupply contamination caused by backow and back siphonage from potential
sources of pollution. One cause of backow can be re-engine pumpers connected
to a water main and drawing water out of it in large quantities for re-ghting use.
Pressure in the water main can decrease quickly during such emergency uses, leading to back ow from a buildings internal water system. Hence, sizing of building

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FIGURE 3 (a) Elevated water-storage reservoir. (b) Constant-head elevated water-storage tank
having an emergency reserve for re-ghting use. (c) Vertical standpipe for water storage. (Mueller
Engineering Corp.)

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TABLE 1 Table for Estimating Demand

Supply systems predominantly for


ush tanks

Supply systems predominantly for


Flushometer valves

Load

Load

Water supply
xture units
(WSFU)

gal/min

L/s

Water supply
xture units
(WSFU)

gal/min

L/s

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
12
14
16
18
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
60
70
80
90
100
120
140
160
180
200
250
300
400
500
750
1000
1250
1500
2000
2500
3000
4000
5000

3.0
5.0
6.5
8.0
9.4
10.7
11.8
12.8
13.7
14.6
16.9
17.0
18.0
18.8
19.6
21.5
23.3
24.9
26.3
27.7
29.1
32.0
35.0
38.0
41.0
43.5
48.0
52.5
57.0
61.0
65.0
75.0
85.0
105.0
124.0
170.0
208.0
239.0
269.0
325.0
380.0
433.0
525.0
593.0

0.19
0.32
0.41
0.51
0.59
0.68
0.74
0.81
0.86
0.92
1.01
1.07
1.14
1.19
1.24
1.36
1.47
1.57
1.66
1.76
1.84
2.02
2.21
2.40
2.59
2.74
3.03
3.31
3.60
3.85
4.10
4.73
5.36
6.62
7.82
10.73
13.12
15.08
16.97
20.50
23.97
27.32
33.12
37.41

5
6
7
8
9
10
12
14
16
18
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
60
70
80
90
100
120
140
160
180
200
250
300
400
500
750
1000
1250
1500
2000
2500
3000
4000
5000

15.0
17.4
19.8
22.2
24.6
27.0
28.6
30.2
31.8
33.4
35.0
38.0
42.0
44.0
46.0
48.0
50.0
54.0
58.0
61.2
64.3
67.5
73.0
77.0
81.0
85.5
90.0
101.0
108.0
127.0
143.0
177.0
208.0
239.0
269.0
325.0
380.0
433.0
525.0
593.0

0.95
1.10
1.25
1.40
1.55
1.70
1.80
1.91
2.01
2.11
2.21
2.40
2.65
2.78
2.90
3.03
3.15
3.41
3.66
3.86
4.06
4.26
4.61
4.86
5.11
5.39
5.68
6.37
6.81
8.01
9.02
11.17
13.12
15.08
16.97
20.50
23.97
27.32
33.12
37.41

Demand

Demand

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FIGURE 4 Wet-pipe sprinkler system service piping with typical ttings and devices. (Mueller
Engineering Corp.)

water supply systems is a matter of vital concern in protecting health and is regulated by codes.
Other important objectives in the design of water-supply systems are: (1) to
achieve economical sizing of piping and eliminate overdesign; (2) to provide against
potential supply failure due to gradual reduction of pipe bore with the passing of
time, such as may result from deposits of corrosion or hard-water scale in the

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FIGURE 5 Wet-pipe sprinkler system installation on two oors of a building. (Mueller Engineering Corp.)

piping; (3) to avoid erosion-corrosion effects and potential pipe failure or leakage
conditions owing to corrosive characteristics of the water and / or to excessive design
velocities of ow; and (4) to eliminate water-hammer damage and objectional whistling noise effects in the piping due to excessive design velocities of ow.
Every designer of plumbing systems should familiarize himself / herself with the
local plumbing code before starting to design. Then there will be fewer demands
for re-design prior to nal approval.
Data in this procedure come from the National Plumbing Code, Mueller Engineering Corporation, and L. C. NelsenStandard Plumbing Engineering, McGrawHill. SI values were added by the handbook editor.

PNEUMATIC WATER SUPPLY AND


STORAGE SYSTEMS
Design a pneumatic water supply for use with (a) well-water pump, and (b) a
municipal water supply augmented by an elevated water tank. Provide design criteria for each type of system.

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Calculation Procedure:

1. Determine the maximum water ow required for cold-, hot-, and


process services
Use the procedures given later in this section to determine the ow rate and pressure
required for the building served. With a well-pump supply, Fig. 6, the pump should
have a capacity to 1.5 times the maximum water ow required. Such a capacity
will ensure that the pump does not operate continuously.
A booster system such as that shown in Fig. 7 is used when the city or private
utility water system pressure is undependablei.e., the pressure may be consistently, or intermittently, lower than that required by various xtures in the system.
The booster pump discharge pressure is set so that it equals, or exceeds, that required by the xtures or processes in the building. Water quantity supplied by the
utility, public or private, is sufcient to meet the building demands. However, the
utility pressure can vary unpredictably. As a rule of thumb, the pump must be
capable of delivering a pressure at least 25 percent over that required in the plumbing supply system.
2. Find the required air compressor discharge pressure for the system
Well-water systems generally do not have the capacity to handle a buildings peak
water service demands. Hence, a storage tank of sufcient capacity to handle this
demand is installed, Fig. 6, either underground or in the building itself. Once the
water is in the storage tank, the well pump has served its purpose. A booster pump,
Fig. 6, supplies the needed volume and pressure for the building water supply.
Since it is undesirable to have the booster pump operate continuously to supply
needed water, a pressure tank and air compressor are tted, Fig. 6. The air compressor maintains pressure on the water in the pressure tank sufcient to deliver
water throughout the building at the desired pressure and in suitable quantities. Air
pressure in the pressure tank is often set at 25 to 50 lb / in2 (173 to 345 kPa) higher
than the pressure needed in the water system. The pressure tank is provided with
a pressure relief valve so excessive pressure are avoided.
Float switches in the storage and pressure tanks start the well-water or booster
pump when the water level falls below a predetermined height. And when the

FIGURE 6 Pneumatic well-water system for building service. (Mueller Engineering Corp.)

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FIGURE 7 Pneumatic water system serving city-water supply. (Mueller Engineering Corp.)

hydraulic pressure in the pressure tank falls below a level sufcient to deliver the
needed water throughout the building, the air compressor starts.
As a general rule, the minimum pressure required at ordinary faucets of plumbing xtures is 8 lb / in2 (55 kPa). At direct supply-connected ush valves (Flushometers), the minimum pressure should be 25 lb / in2 (172 kPa) for blow-out-type
water closets and 15 lb / in2 (103 kPa) for other types of xtures. For any type of
plumbing xture, domestic or process, the minimum pressure provided should be
that recommended by the xture manufacturer.
In a combined system, Fig. 7, there is a check valve in the bypass line around
the booster system. This check valve is extremely important. The valve prevents
back pressurization of the city water by the building booster system water which
is at a higher pressure than the city water. Under normal operation the city water
can only ow to the booster pump. Further, the booster pump cannot pull water
backwards out of the pressurized building water system.
In a tall building a rooftop water storage tank can replace the booster system
for the lower oors where there is sufcient head to operate the xtures at the
needed pressure. In a high-rise building the booster pump raises the water pressure
sufciently to overcome the static and friction pressure of the water-consuming
xtures on the upper oors. The booster system can also be designed to pump
water into the rooftop storage tank for delivery to the lower oors.
Related Calculations. Pneumatic water systems nd use in a variety of buildings: residential, commercial, industrial, etc. While they are more expensive than a
simple metered system supplied at a suitable pressure and ow rate, pneumatic
systems do ensure adequate water ow in buildings to which they are tted. Where
water ow is a critical concern, duplicate pumps, compressors, and tanks can be
tted.

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Data in this procedure come from Mueller Engineering Corporation and L. C.


Nielsen: Standard Plumbing Engineering Design, McGraw-Hill. SI values were
added by the handbook editor.

SELECTING AND SIZING STORAGE-TANK


HOT-WATER HEATERS
Size a domestic hot-water storage-tank heater for an ofce building with public
toilets, pantry sinks, domestic-type dishwashers, and service sinks when the usable
storage volume of the tank is 70 percent of the tank volume and the following
numbers of xtures are tted: 16 lavatories; 6 sinks; 2 dishwashers; 2 service sinks.
Use ASHRAE and ASPE information and representative hot-water temperatures
and hot-water demand data in the computation.
Calculation Procedure:

1. Determine the hot-water consumption of the xtures


ASHRAE publishes hot-water demand per xture in the ASHRAE Handbook, HVAC
Applications. Using data from that source, we have the following hot-water consumption: 16 lavatories at 2 gal/h 32 gal/h; 6 sinks at 10 gal/h 60 gal/h; 2
dishwashers at 15 gal/h 30 gal/h; 2 service sinks at 20 gal/h 40 gal/h; total
possible maximum demand 32 60 30 40 162 gal/h (614 L / h).
2. Find the probable maximum demand on the hot-water heater
ASHRAE publishes demand factors for a variety of hot-water services for apartment
houses, clubs, gymnasiums, hospitals, hotels, industrial plants, ofce buildings, private residences, schools, YMCAs, etc. The ASHRAE demand factor for ofce
buildings is 0.30. Hence, the probable maximum demand on the water heater
162 0.30 48.6 gal/h (184 L / h).
3. Compute the storage capacity required for the hot-water heater
ASHRAE also publishes storage capacity factors for hot-water heaters in the reference cited above. For ofce buildings, the published storage capacity factor is
2.0. This is the ratio of storage-tank capacity to probable maximum demand per
hour. Thus, for this heater, storage capacity without considering the usable storage
volume 48.6 2.0 97.2 gal (368 L).
Since 70 percent of the tank volume is the usable storage volume, the storage
factor 1 / 0.70 1.43. Then, storage capacity of the tank 97.2 1.43 138.99
gal; say 139 gal (527 L).
Related Calculations. There are a number of ways to generate hot water for
commercial and institutional buildings. The most common method is to use a storage-tank type water heater, Fig. 8. Storage-type hot-water heaters generally are
selected when the load prole has peaks that can be met from an adequate volume
of hot water stored in the heater. Thus, the heater size and fuel / energy input are
not based on the instantaneous peak load, permitting a more economical equipment
selection.
Storage-tank hot-water heaters should be selected and sized based on the specic
requirements for the building. Items to be considered in the selection process include: (1) type of facility served; (2) required water volume and peak loads; (3)

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FIGURE 8 (a) Storage-tank hot-water heater. (b) Gas-red hot-water heater. (Mueller Engineering
Corp.)

type and number of xtures served; (4) required water temperature(s); (5) fuel /
energy sources for heating the water.
Storage-tank hot-water heaters may be heated either directly or indirectly by the
fuel / energy source. Direct fuel-red heaters may use either gas or fuel oil. In electric units the water is heated by resistance immersion heaters.
Indirect-red storage hot-water heaters are heated by steam, hot water, or another
hot uid via a heat exchanger. This heat exchanger may be either within the water
storage shell or remote from it.
Storage-tank hot-water heaters range in size from 2 to several thousand gallons
(7.6 L to several thousand liters) capacity. The very small units are typically used
in plumbing-code jurisdictions that prohibit the use of instantaneous hot-water
heaters.
Typically, the maximum temperature for domestic hot water serving lavatories,
showers, and sinks is approximately 120F (49C) at the xture. The maximum

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desired water temperature from a xture for personal use can be obtained by blending hot and cold water; mixing faucets are preferred over separate hot- and coldwater faucets. Or, thermostatic mixing valves may be installed near the point(s) of
use. For bathing, a temperature-compensated shower valve should be used. The
preferred type is a balanced-pressure model with a high-temperature limit.
ASHRAE lists hot-water utilization temperatures for various types and uses of
equipment. Facilities requiring a higher water temperature than that required for
personal use may have a separate hot-water heating system for the higher temperature water if there is a signicant load. Otherwise, a booster heater often is used,
as with a commercial dishwasher. The lowest temperature generally used is 75F
(24C) for a chemical sanitizing glass washer, while the highest temperature is
195F (91C) in commercial hood or rack-type dishwashers.
Hot-water distribution temperatures may be higher than 120F (49C) because
of the concern over Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaries Disease). This bacterium, which can cause serious illness when inhaled, can grow in domestic hot-water
systems at temperatures of 115F (46C), or less. Bacteria colonies have been found
in system components, such as shower heads, faucet aerators, and in uncirculated
sections of storage-type hot-water heaters.
A water temperature of approximately 140F (60C) is recommended to reduce
the potential of growth of this bacterium. This higher temperature, however, increases the possibility of scalding during use of the water. Scalding is of particular
concern for small children, the elderly and inrm, patients in health-care facilities,
and occupants of nursing homes.
All storage-tank hot-water heaters are required to have temperature and pressure
relief valves. Separate valves may be used, or a combination temperature / pressurerelief valve may be installed. Temperature-relief valves and combination
temperature / pressure-relief valves must be installed so that the temperature-sensing
element is located in the top 6-in (15.2-cm) of the storage tank.
The temperature-relief valve opens when the stored-water temperature exceeds
210F (99C). Its water discharge capacity should equal or exceed the heat input
rating of the heater.
A thermal expansion tank, Fig. 9, should also be provided in the cold-water line
adjacent to the heater whenever the system thermal expansion is restricted. Check

FIGURE 9 Water heater tted with thermal expansion tank. (Heating / Piping / Air
Conditioning magazine)

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valves, pressure valves, and backow preventers, when used on the cold-water line
to the heater, restrict expansion of the water when it is heated. This results in
excessive pressure buildup and can lead to tank failure. ASME construction is
required on all heaters greater than 200,000 Btu / h (58.6 kW) gas input or 120 gal
(455 L) storage. Additional data on sizing such hot-water heaters is available in the
ASPE Data Book, published by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. Use
the steps in this procedure to select and size storage-tank hot-water heaters for the
10 types of applications listed in step 2 above, and for similar uses.
This procedure is the work of Joseph Ficek, Plumbing Designer, McGuire Engineers, as reported in Heating / Piping / Air Conditioning magazine, October, 1996.
SI values were added by the handbook editor.

SIZING WATER-SUPPLY SYSTEMS FOR


HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS
A 102-family multiple dwelling, seven stories and basement in height, fronts on a
public street and is to be supplied by direct street pressure from an 8-in public
water main located beneath the street in front of the building. The public system
is of cast iron and a hydrant ow test indicates a certied minimum available
pressure of 75 lb / in2 (517 kPa). Top oor xture outlets are 65 ft 8 in (20 m)
above the public main and require 8 lb / in2ow pressure for satisfactory operation.
Authoritative water analysis reports show that the public water supply has a pH
of 6.9, carbon dioxide content of 3 ppm, dissolved solids content of 40 ppm, and
is supersaturated with air. Reports show that the public water supply has no signicant corrosion effect on red brass for temperatures up to 150F (65.6C).
Cement-lined cast iron, class B, corporation water pipe, valves, and ttings have
been selected for the water service pipe. Red brass pipe, standard pipe size, has
been selected for the water distributing system inside the building.
Water supply for the building is to be metered at the point of entry by a compound meter installed in the basement. The system is to be of the upfeed riser type.
A horizontal hot water storage tank is to provide hot water to the entire building,
and is to be equipped with automatic tank control of water temperature set for
140F (60C). The tank is to have a submerged heat exchanger.
The most extreme run of piping from the public main to the highest and most
remote outlet is 420 ft (128 m) in developed length, consisting of the following:
83 ft (25.3 m) of water service, 110 ft (33.5 m) of cold water piping from the water
service valve to the hot water storage tank, and 227 ft (69.2 m) of hot water piping
from the tank to the top oor hot water outlet at the kitchen sink. Plans of the
entire water supply system are available.
The building has a basement and seven above-grade stories. The basement oor
is 3 ft 8 in (1.1 m) below curb level, the rst oor is 5.0 ft (1.5 m) above curb
level, and the public water main is 5.0 ft (1.5 m) below curb level. Each of the
above-grade stories is 9 ft 4 in in height from oor to oor. The highest xture
outlet is 3 ft above oor level.
Fixtures provided on the system for the occupancies are as follows:
1. There are 17 dwelling units on each of the second, third, fourth, fth, sixth, and
seventh oors; and each dwelling unit is provided with a sink and domestic
dishwashing machine in the kitchen, and a close-coupled water closet and ush
tank combination, a lavatory, and a bathtub with shower head above in a private
bathroom.

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2. This rst oor is occupied for administrative and general purposes, and has the
following provisions for such occupancy: one ush-valve supplied water closet
and one lavatory in an ofce toilet room; one ush-valve supplied water closet,
one ush-valve supplied urinal and one lavatory in a mens toilet room; two
ush-valve supplied water closets and one lavatory in each of two womens toilet
rooms; a sink and domestic dishwashing machine in a demonstration kitchen;
one sink in an ofce kitchen; one sink in a craft room; and two drinking fountains in the public hall.
3. The basement is occupied for building equipment rooms, storage, utility, laundry,
and general purposes and has the following provisions for such occupancy: one
ush-valve supplied water closet and one lavatory in a womens toilet room; one
ush-valve supplied water closet, one lavatory, and one shower stall in a mens
toilet room; one service sink and six automatic laundry washing machines in a
general laundry room; one faucet above a oor drain in the boiler room; and
one valve-controlled primary water supply connection to the building heating
system.
4. At each story and in the basement, a service sink is provided in a janitors closet
in the public hall.
5. Four outside hose bibs (only two to be used at any time) are provided for lawn
watering at appropriate locations on the exterior of the building.
Fixture arrangements are typical on the six upper oors of the building, and 24 sets
of risers are provided. Of these, 5 sets are for back-to-back bathrooms, 2 sets are
for back-to-back kitchens, 4 sets are for back-to-back kitchen and bathroom groups,
9 sets are for separate kitchens, 3 sets are for separate bathrooms, and one set is
for a service sink on each oor above the basement. Fixtures on the rst oor are
connected to adjacent risers. Basement xtures are connected to overhead mains,
which also supply directly the four outside hose bibs.
Design a suitable water-supply systems for this building. Choose pipe sizes for
each riser, uid velocity, pressure drop, and piping material.

Calculation Procedure:

1. Assemble the information needed for the design


Obtain data on the applicable plumbing code, characteristics of the water supply,
location and source of the water supply, pressure available at the water entrance to
the site, elevations associated with the height of the building, minimum pressure
required at the highest water outlets, and any special water services required in the
building. Contact local responsible authorities for any missing data over which they
have control. You must have as much pertinent information as possible before the
design job is started.
2. Prepare a schematic elevation of the building water-supply system
Figure 10 shows a schematic elevation of the building water-supply system being
designed in this procedure. This drawing was developed using the building and
system plans. All piping connections are shown in proper sequence for the system.
The developed lengths for each section of the basic design circuit are determined
from the building and system plans. Fixtures and risers are identied by combinations of letters and numbers. Those xtures and branches having quick-closing
outlets are specially identied by an asterisk. Important information for establishing
a proper design basis are shown on the left side of Fig. 10.

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FIGURE 10 (Continued)

3. Show hot- and cold-water loads for each section in terms of water-supply
xture units
List xture-unit values as shown unenclosed by parentheses. Obtain the xture-unit
values from tabulations as given later in this procedure.
4. List the demand in gal / min (L / s) adjacent to the xture-unit load
Use Table 1 to determine the demand in gal / min (L / s), applying the values shown
under the heading Supply Systems Predominantly for Flush Tanks for all piping
except for the short branch piping which supplies water to water closets and urinals
equipped with ush valves on the rst oor and in the basement. (This procedure

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uses both ush tanks and ush valves to show how to handle both in design.
Remember: Flush tanks are still widely used in developing countries around the
world.)
5. Determine the water demands of any special xture
The special xtures in this building are the four outside hose bibs, Fig. 10. Only
two of these hose bibs will be used at the same time. Show this on the design
sheet, along with the ow in gal / min (L / s). Obtain the normal demand for these
xtures from Table 2.
6. Size the individual xture supply pipes to water outlets
Use Standard Code Regulations to size these pipes, as given in Table 11, later in
this section of the handbook. Choose the minimum sizes recommended in Table 11.
7. Using velocity limitations established for the design, size the remainder of
the system
The velocity limitations adopted for this system are 8 ft/s (2.4 m / s) for all piping,
except 4 ft/s (1.2 m / s) for branches to quick-closing valves as noted by asterisks
on Fig. 10. Size each line using the total xture units of load corresponding to the
total demand of each section. For those sections of the cold-water header in the
basement which convey both the demand of the intermittently used xtures and the
continuous demand of hose bibs, the total demand in gal / min (L / s) was converted
to equivalent water-supply xture units of load and proper pipe sizes determined
for them. Proper sizing could also have been done simply on the demand rate in
gal / min (L / s).
8. Calculate the amount of pressure available at the topmost xture
Assume conditions of no ow in the system and calculate the amount of pressure
available at the topmost xture in excess of the minimum pressure required at such

TABLE 2 Demand at Individual Water Outlets

Demand
Type of outlet
Ordinary lavatory faucet
Self-closing lavatory faucet
Sink Faucet, 38 (9.52 mm) or 12 (12.7 mm)
Sink faucet, 34 (19 mm)
Bath faucet, 12 (12.7 mm)
Shower head, 12 (12.7 mm)
Laundry faucet, 12 (12.7 mm)
Ball cock in water closet ush tank
1 (25.4 mm) ush valve [25 lb/in2 (172 kPa) ow pressure]
1 (25.4 mm) ush valve [15 lb/in2 (103 kPa) ow pressure]
3
4 (19.0 mm) ush valve [15 lb/in2 (103 kPa) ow pressure]
Drinking fountain jet
Dishwashing machine (domestic)
Laundry machine [8 lb (3.6 kg) or 16 lb (7.3 kg)]
Aspirator (operating room or laboratory)
Hose bib or sill cock, 12 (12.7 mm)

gal/min
2.0
2.5
4.5
6.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
3.0
35.0
27.0
15.0
0.75
4.0
4.0
2.5
5.0

L/s
0.126
0.158
0.284
0.378
0.315
0.315
0.315
0.189
2.210
1.703
0.946
0.047
0.252
0.252
0.158
0.315

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a xture for satisfactory supply conditions. The calculated excess pressure is the
limit to which friction losses may be permitted for ow during peak demand in the
system. Then, excess pressure 75 lb / in2 8 lb / in2 (65.67 ft to highest outlet
0.433 lb/in2 / ft of water) 38.6 lb / in2 (266 kPa). (Note: 1 ft of water column
0.433 lb/in2 and 1 m of water column 9.79 kPa pressure).
9. Determine which piping circuit of the system is the basic design circuit
(BDC)
The basic design circuit (BDC) is the most extreme run of piping through which
water ows from the public main, or other pressure source of supply, to the highest
and most distant water outlet. Heavy lines in Fig. 10 show the BDC for this structure.
There are 26 sections in the BDC in Fig. 10. For each of these sections, the
developed length is computed as shown in Fig. 10, for a total of 420 ft (128 m).
Then, using the BDC length and other data for the installation, the pressure loss in
the BDC, is found thus, as shown in Table 3.
10. Mark on the system schematic the pressure loss through any special
xtures in the system
Obtain from the special xture manufacturer(s) the rated pressure loss due to friction corresponding to the computed demand through any water meter, water softener, or instantaneous or tankless hot-water heating coil that may be provided in
the basic design circuit.
Thus, the rated pressure loss through the compound water meter selected for
this system was found from the manufacturers meter data to be 5.8 lb / in2 (40 kPa)
for the peak demand ow rate of 227.6 gal / min (862.6 L / min). Note this on the
design sheet, Fig. 10. The rated pressure loss for ow through the horizontal hot-

TABLE 3 Pressure Calculations for Basic Design Circuit

Minimum at public main


Loss in rise to top outlet (65.67 ft 0.433)
Static pressure at top outlet
Minimum pressure at top outlet
Excess static pressure at top outlet available for friction loss
Friction loss through 4-in compound meter at 227 gal/min ow rate
(manufacturers charts)
Friction loss through horizontal hot water storage tank assumed for
rate ow at 8 ft/s
Maximum pressure remaining for friction in pipe, valves, and
ttings

75.0 lb/in2
28.4 lb/in2

46.6
8.0
38.6
5.8
32.8
0.7

lb/in2
lb/in2
lb/in2
lb/in2
lb/in2
lb/in2

32.1 lb/in2

Developed length of circuit from public main to top outlet


Equivalent length for valves and ttings in circuit (based on sizes
established on velocity limitation basis)
Total equivalent length of circuit

420 ft
363 ft

Maximum uniform pressure loss for friction in basic design circuit


(32.1 lb/in2 / 783 ft)

0.04 lb/in2 / ft

783 ft

or 4.0 lb/in2 / 100 ft

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water storage tank, i.e., entrance and exit losses, is assumed to be about 1.6 ft head
(0.49 m), 0.7 lb / in2 (4.8 kPa).
11. Calculate the amount of pressure remaining
We must now calculate the amount of pressure remaining and available for dissipation as friction loss during peak demand through the piping, valves, and ttings
in the basic design circuit. Deduct from the excess static pressure available at the
topmost xture (determined in step 8) the rated friction losses for any water meters,
water softeners, or water heating coils provided in the basic design circuit, as determined in step 10.
Thus, the amount of pressure available for dissipation as friction loss during
peak demand through the piping, valves, and ttings in the BDC is: 38.6 5.8
0.7 32.1 lb / in2 (221 kPa).
12. Compute the total equivalent length of the basic design circuit
Pipe sizes established on the basis of velocity limitations in step 7 for main lines
and risers must be considered just tentative at this stage, but may be deemed appropriate for determining the corresponding equivalent lengths of ttings and valves
in this step. Using the tentative sizes for the BDC, compute corresponding equivalent lengths for valves and ttings. Add the values obtained to the developed length
to obtain the total equivalent length of the circuit.
The equivalent length of valves and ttings, using the methods given elsewhere
in this handbook, is 363.2 ft (110.7 m). When added to the developed length, we
have a total equivalent length of the BDC of 420 363.6 783.2 ft (238.7 m).
13. Calculate the permissible uniform pressure loss for friction in the piping
of the BDC
The amount of pressure available for dissipation as friction loss due to pipe, ttings,
and valves, determined in step 11, should be divided by the total equivalent length
of the circuit, determined in step 12. This establishes the pipe friction limit for the
circuit in terms of pressure loss, in lb/in2 / ft (Pa / m) for the total equivalent pipe
length. Multiply this value by 100 to express the pipe friction in terms of lb / in2
per 100 ft (Pa / 100 m).
Thus, the maximum uniform pressure loss for friction in the basic design circuit
is: 32.1 / 783.2 ft 0.04 lb/in2 / ft, or 4.0 lb/in2 / 100 ft (0.9 kPa / 100 m). This is the
pipe friction for the BDC. Apply it for sizing all the main lines and risers supplying
water to xtures on the upper oors of the building.
14. Set up a pipe sizing table showing the rates of ow for the system
Set up the sizing table showing the rates of ow based on the permissible uniform
pressure loss for the pipe friction calculated for the basic design circuit determined
in step 13. In Table 4, the ow rates have been tabulated for various sizes of brass
pipe of standard internal diameter that correspond to the velocity limit of 4 and 8
ft/s (1.2 and 2.4 m / s), and to the friction limit of 4.0 lb/in2 / 100 ft (0.9 kPa / 100
m) of total equivalent piping length. The values shown for various velocity limitations were taken from the data cited in step 7. Values shown for friction limitations
were taken directly from Fig. 11. This chart is suitable, in view of the water-supply
conditions and a fairly smooth surface condition.
15. Adjust the chosen pipe sizes, as necessary
All the main lines and risers on the design sheet have been sized in accordance
with the friction limitation for the basic design circuit. Where sizes determined in

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TABLE 4 Sizing Table for System


Red brass pipe, standard pipe size
Velocity limit ow rate at
Nominal
pipe
size, in

WSFU
(col. A)

gal/min

WSFU
(col. A)

gal/min

Friction limit
ow rate at 4.0
lb/in2 / 100 ft,
gal/min

2
3
4
1
114
112
2
212
3
4

1.5
3.0
6.3
16.8
36.3
92.0
181.0
335.0
685.0

3.8
6.6
11.1
18.3
25.2
41.6
61.2
92.0
158.0

3.7
8.4
26.4
75.0
130.0
291.0
492.0
842.0
1920.0

7.6
13.2
22.0
36.6
50.4
83.2
122.4
184.0
316.0

2.8
5.8
11.7
22.5
33.0
66.0
112.0
288.0
380.0

V 4 ft/s

V 8 fps

Note: Apply the column headed Velocity limit, l 4 ft/s, to size branches to quick-closing valves. Apply the
column headed Velocity limit, l 8 ft/s, to all piping other than individual xture supplies. Apply the column
headed Friction limit, just for sizing piping that conveys water to top oor outlets. Where two columns apply
and two different sizes are indicated, select the larger size.

FIGURE 11 Water-piping pressure-loss chart.

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this step were larger than previously determined in step 7, based on velocity limitation, the increased size was noted directly on the design sheet. Increased sizes
were made in all risers and in some parts of the main lines in this system. For
example, in the BDC, sections J-K, K-L, and L-M were increased from 2-in (50.8mm) to 2.5-in (63.6-mm); sections O-P and P-Q were increased from 1.5-in (38.1mm) to 2-in (50.8-mm); sections Q-R, R-S, and S-T were increased from 1.25-in
to 1.5-in (31.8-mm to 38.1-mm); T-U, U-V, and V-W were increased from 1-in to
1.25-in (25.4-mm to 31.8-mm); section W-X was increased from 0.75-in to 1.25in (19-mm to 31.8-mm); and section X-Y was increased from 0.75-in to 1-in (19mm to 25.4-mm).
16. Determine if the water supply is such that pipe sizing must be changed
From the characteristics of the water supply given by the municipal authority, it is
recognized that the water is relatively noncorrosive and nonscaling. Hence, there is
no need for additional allowance in sizing in this case.
Related Calculations. The method given here is valid for a variety of watersupply designs for apartment houses, hotels, commercial and industrial buildings,
clubhouses, schools, hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, and residences of
all sizes. As a designer, you should be certain to follow all applicable plumbing
codes so the system meets every requirement of the locality.
This procedure is the work of L. C. Nielsen, as given in his Standard Plumbing
Engineering Design, McGraw-Hill. SI values were added by the handbook editor.

Plumbing-System Design
DETERMINATION OF PLUMBING-SYSTEM
PIPE SIZES
A two-story industrial plant has the following plumbing xtures: rst oorsix
wall-lip urinals, three valve-operated water closets, three large-size lavatories, and
six showers, each with a separate head; second oorthree wall-lip urinals, three
valve-operated water closets, three large-size lavatories, and three showers, each
with a separate head. Size the waste and vent stacks and the building house drain
for this system. Use the National Plumbing Code (NPC) as the governing code for
the plant locality. The branch piping and house drain will be pitched 14 in (6.4
mm) per ft (m) of length.

Calculation Procedure:

1. Select the upper-oor branch layout


Sketch the layout of the proposed plumbing system, beginning with the upper, or
second, oor. Figure 12 shows a typical plumbing-system sketch. Assume in this
plant that the second-oor urinals, water closets, and lavatories are served by one
branch drain and the showers by another branch. Both branch drains discharge into
a vertical soil stack.

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FIGURE 12 Typical plumbing layout diagram for a multistory building.

2. Compute the upper-oor branch xture units


List each plumbing as in Table 5.
Obtain the data for each numbered column of Table 5 in the following manner.
(1) List the number of the oor being studied and number of each branch drain
from the system sketch. Since it was decided to use two branch drains, number
them accordingly. (2) List the name of each xture that will be used. (3) List the
number of each type of xture that will be used. (4) Obtain from the National
Plumbing Code, or Table 6, the number of xture units per xture, i.e., the average
discharge, during use, of an arbitrarily selected xture, such as a lavatory or toilet.
Once this value is established in a plumbing code, the discharge rates of other types
of xtures are stated in terms of the basic unit. Plumbing codes adopted by various
localities usually list the xture units they recommend in a tabulation similar to
Table 6. (5) Multiply the number of xtures, column 3, by the xture units, column
4, to obtain the result in column 5. Thus, for the urinals, (3 urinals)(4 xture units
per urinal xture) 12 xture units. Find the sum of the xture units for each
branch.
3. Size the upper-oor branch pipes
Refer to the National Plumbing Code, or Table 7, for the number of xture units
each branch can have connected to it. Thus, Table 7 shows that a 4-in (102-mm)

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TABLE 5 Floor-Fixture Analysis

branch pipe must be used for branch drain 1 because no more than 20 xture units
can be connected to the next smaller, or 3-in (76-mm) pipe. Hence, branch drain 1
will use a 4-in (102-mm) pipe because it serves 42 xture units, step 2.
Branch drain 2 serves 9 xture units, step 2. Hence, a 212-in (64-mm) branch
pipe will be suitable because it can serve 12 xture units or less (Table
7).
4. Size the upper-oor stack
The two horizontal branch drains are sloped toward a vertical stack pipe that conducts the waste and water from the upper oors to the sewer. Use Table 7 to size
the stack, which is three stories high, including the basement. The total number of
second-oor xture units the stack must serve is 42 9 51. Hence, for a 4-in
(102-mm) stack, Table 7 must be used.
5. Size the upper-story vent pipe
Each branch drain on the upper oor must be vented. However, the stack can be
extended upward and each branch vent connected to it, if desired. Use the NPC,
or Table 8, to determine the vent size.

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TABLE 6 Fixture Units per Fixture or Group

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TABLE 7 Horizontal Fixture Branches and Stacks

TABLE 8 Sizes of Building Drains and Sewers

As a guide, the diameter of a branch vent or vent stack is one-half or more of


the branch or stack it serves, but not less than 114 (32 mm). Thus branch drain 1
would have a 4 / 2 2-in (51-mm) vent, whereas branch drain 2 would have a
212 / 2 114-in (32-mm) vent.
6. Select the lower-oor branch layout
Assume that the six urinals, three water closets, and three lavatories are served by
one branch drain and the six showers by another. Indicate these on the system
sketch. Further, arrange both branch drains so that they discharge into the vertical
stack serving the second oor.

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7. Compute the lower-oor branch xture units


Use the same procedure as in step 2, listing the xtures and their respective xture
units in the lower part of Table 5.
8. Size the lower-oor branch pipes
By Table 7, branch drain 3 must be 4 in (102 mm) because it serves a total of 54
xture units. Branch 4 must be 3 in (76 mm) because it serves a total of 18 xture
units.
9. Size the lower-oor stack
The lower-oor stack serves both the upper- and lower-oor branch drains, or a
total of 42 9 54 18 123 xture units. Table 7 shows that a 4-in (102mm) stack will be satisfactory.
10. Size the lower-oor vents
By the one-half rule of step 5, the vent for branch drain 3 must be 2 in (51 mm),
whereas that for branch drain 4 must be 112 in (38 mm).
11. Size the building drain
The building drain serves all the xtures installed in the building and slopes down
toward the city sewer. Hence, the total number of xture units it serves 42 9
54 18 123. This is the same as the vertical stack. Table 8 shows that a 4-in
9102-mm) drain that is sloped 14-in / ft (21 mm / m) will serve 216 xture units.
Thus, a 4-in (102-mm) drain will be satisfactory. The house trap that is installed
in the building drain should also be a 4-in (102-mm) unit.
Related Calculations. Where a local plumbing code exists, use it instead of
the NPC. If no local code exists, follow the NPC for all classes of buildings. Use
the general method given here to size the various pipes in the system. Select piping
materials (cast iron, copper, clay, steel, brass, wrought iron, lead, etc.) in accordance
with the local or NPC recommendations. Where the house drain is below the level
of the public sewer line, it is often arranged to discharge into a suitably size sump
pit. Sewage is discharged from the sump pit to the public sewer by a pneumatic
ejector or motor-drive pump.
With the increased emphasis on the environmental aspects of plumbing, many
large cities are urging building owners to convert water closets to Ultra-Low-Flow
(ULF) units. These ULF closets use 1.6 gal (6.06 L) per ush, as contrasted to 5
to 7 gal (18.95 to 26.5 L) per ush for conventional water closets. Thus, in a
building having 300 water closets the water savings could range up to [(300
7) (300 1.6)] 1620 gal (6140 L) with just one ush per unit per day. With
an average of ten ushes per day per water closet, the daily saving could be (10
1620) 16,200 gal (61,398 L). Using a 5-day week for an ofce or industrial
building and a 52-week working year, the water savings could be (5 days)(52
weeks)(16,200 gal / day) 4,212,000 gal (15,963,480 L) per year.
When water savings of this magnitude are translated into reduced pumping
power, lower electricity costs, and smaller piping sizes, the savings can be significant. This is why many large cities around the world are urging building owners
to install ULF water closets and urinals, along with reduced-ow shower heads,
and lavatories.
Once disadvantage of ULF units is that the reduced water ow can cause accumulation of solids in horizontal drain piping. To remove solids, the horizontal
pipes must be snaked out at regular intervals, depending on the system usage. While

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this does not occur in every installation of ULF units, it is being studied to determine possible remedies.
Building owners in one large city are currently receiving a bonus of $240 for
each ULF water closet installed in an existing structure. This is leading to widescale replacement of existing water closets which use excessive amounts of water,
in view of todays new environmental laws and regulations.
A further benet of the ULF units is the smaller amount of water that must be
treated for each ush. The reduced water ow allows the central sewage treatment
plant to handle more buildings and their water closets, showers, sinks, and other
xtures. As cities grow, it is important that sewage-treatment plants be able to
handle and process the increased waste ow. Thus, the ULF unit saves water during
usage and reduces the post-usage need for waste-water treatment. It is for these
two reasons that large cities are urging building owners to install ULF units.

DESIGN OF ROOF AND YARD RAINWATER


DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
An industrial plant is 300 ft (91.4 m) long and 100 ft (30.5 m) wide. The roof of
the building is at except for a 50-ft (15.2-m) long, 100-ft (30.5-m) wide, 80-ft
(24.4-m) high machinery room at one end of the roof. Size the leaders and horizontal drains for this roof for a maximum rainfall of 4 in / h (102 mm / h). What
size storm drain is needed if the drain is sloped 14 in / ft (2.1 cm / m) of length?
Calculation Procedure:

1. Sketch the building roof


Figure 13 shows the building roof and machinery room roof. Indicate on the sketch
the major dimensions of the roof and machinery room.
2. Compute the roof area to be drained
Two roof areas must be drained, the machinery-room roof and the main roof. The
respective areas are: machinery room roof area 50 100 5000 ft2 (464.5 m2);
main roof area 250 100 25,000 ft2 (2322.5 m2).

FIGURE 13 Building roof areas.

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The wall of the machinery room facing the main roof will also collect rain to
some extent. This must be taken into consideration when the roof leaders are sized.
Do this by computing the area of the wall facing the main roof and adding onehalf this area to the main roof area. Thus, wall area 80 100 8000 ft2 (743.2
m2). Adding half this area to the main roof area gives 25,000 8000 / 2 29,000
ft2 (2694 m2).
3. Select the leader size for each roof
Decide whether the small roof area, i.e., the machinery room roof, will be drained
by separate leaders to the ground or to the main roof area. If the small roof area
is drained separately, treat it as a building unto itself. Where the small roof drains
onto the main roof, add the two roof areas to determine the leader size.
By treating the two roofs as separate units, Table 9 shows that a 5-in (127-mm)
leader is needed for the 5000-ft2 (464.5-m2) machinery room roof. This same table
shows that an 8-in (203-mm) leader is needed for the 29,000-ft2 (2694-m2) main
roof, including the machinery room wall.

TABLE 9 Sizes of Vertical Leaders and Horizontal Storm Drains

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4. Size the storm drain for each roof


The lower portion of Table 9 shows that a 6-in (152-mm) storm drain is needed
for the 5000-ft2 (464.5-m2) roof. A 10-in (254-mm) storm drain (Table 9) is needed
for the 29,000-ft2 (2694-m2) main roof.
When any storm drain is connected to a building sanitary drain or storm sewer,
a trap should be used at the inlet to the sanitary drain or storm sewer. The trap
prevents sewer gases entering the storm leader.
Related Calculations. Size roof leaders in strict accordance with the National
Plumbing Code (NPC) or the local applicable code. Undersized roof leaders are
dangerous because they can cause water buildup on a roof, leading to excessive
roof loads. Where gutters are used on a building, size them in accordance with
Table 10.
When a roof leader discharges into a sanitary drain, convert the roof area to
equivalent xture units to determine the load on the sanitary drain. To convert roof
area to xture units, take the rst 1000 ft2 (92.9 m2) of roof area as equivalent to
256 xture units when designing for a maximum rainfall of 4 in / h (102 mm / h).
Where the total roof area exceeds 1000 ft2 (92.9 m2), divide the remaining roof
area by 3.9 ft2 (0.36 m2) per xture unit to determine the xture load for the
remaining area.
Thus, the machinery room roof in the above plant is equivalent to 256 4000/
3.9 1281 xture units. The main roof and machinery room wall are equivalent
to 256 28,000 / 3.9 7436 xture units. These roofs, if taken together, would
place a total load of 1281 7436 8717 xture units on a sanitary drain.
Where the rainfall differs from 4 in / h (102 mm / h), compute the load on the
drain in the same way as described above. Choose the drain size from the appropriate table. Then multiply the drain size by actual maximum rainfall, in (mm) / 4.
If the drain size obtained is nonstandard, as will often be the case, use the next
larger standard drain size. Thus, with a 6-in (152-mm) rainfall and a 5-in (127mm) leader based on the 4-in (102-mm) rainfall tables, leader size (5)(6 / 4)
7.5 in (191 mm). Since this is not a standard size, use the next larger size, or 8 in
(203 mm). Roof areas should be drained as quickly as possible to prevent excessive
structural stress caused by water accumulations.
To compute the required size of drains for paved areas, yards, courts, and courtyards, use the same procedure and tables as for roofs. Where the rainfall differs
TABLE 10 Size of Gutters

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from 4 in (102 mm), apply the conversion ratio discussed in the previous paragraph.
Note that the ow capacity of oor and roof drains must equal, or exceed, the ow
capacity of the leader to which either unit is connected.

SIZING COLD- AND HOT-WATER-SUPPLY PIPING


An industrial building has the following plumbing xtures: 2 showers, 200 private
lavatories, 200 service sinks, 20 public lavatories, 1 dishwasher, 25 ush-valve
water closets, and 20 stall urinals. Size the cold- and hot-water piping for these
xtures, using an upfeed system. The highest xture is 50 ft (15.2 m) above the
water main. The minimum water pressure available in the water main is 60 lb / in2
(413.6 kPa); the pressure loss in the water meter is 8.3 lb / in2 (57.2 kPa).
Calculation Procedure:

1. Sketch the proposed piping system


Draw a single-line diagram of the proposed cold- and hot-water piping. Thus, Fig.
14a shows the proposed basement layout of the water piping, and Fig. 14b shows
two of the risers used in this industrial plant. Indicate on each branch line the
weight in xture units of xtures served and the required water ow. Table 11
shows the rate of ow and required pressure during ow to different types of
xtures.
2. Compute the demand weight of the xtures
List the xtures as in Table 12. Next to the name and number of each xture, list
the demand weight for cold or hot water, or both, from Table 13. Note that when
a xture has both a cold-water and hot-water supply, only three-fourths of the xture
weight listed in Table 13 is used for each cold-water and each hot-water outlet.
Thus, with a total demand weight of 1 for a private lavatory, the cold-water demand
weight is 0.75(1) 0.75 xture unit, and the hot-water demand weight is 0.75(1)
0.75 xture unit.
Find the product of the number of each type of xture and the demand weight
per xture for cold and hot water; enter the result in the last two columns of Table
12. The sum of the cold- and hot-water xture demand weights, 986 and 636 xture
units, respectively, gives the total demand weight for the building, in xture units,
except for the dishwasher.
3. Compute the building water demand
Using Fig. 15a, enter at the bottom with the number of xture units and project
vertically upward to the curve. At the left read the demand210 gal / min (13.3
L / s) of cold water and 160 gal / min (10.1 L / s) of hot water, excluding the dishwasher.
Table 13 shows that a dishwasher serving 500 people in an industrial plant
requires 250 gal / h (0.26 L / s) with a demand factor of 0.40. This is equivalent to
a demand of (demand, gal / h) (demand factor), or (250)(0.40) 100 gal / h (0.11
L / s) or 100 gal / h / (60 min / h) 1.66 gal / min (0.10 L / s), say 2.0 gal / min (0.13
L / s). Hence, the total hot-water demand is 160 2 162 gal / min (10.2 L / s).
The total building water demand is therefore 210 162 372 gal / min (23.5
L / s).

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FIGURE 14 (a) Plan of industrial-plant water piping; (b) elevation of building water-supply risers.

4. Compute the allowable piping pressure drop


The minimum inlet water pressure generally recommended for a plumbing xture
is 8 lb / in2 (55.2 kPa), although some authorities use a lower limit of 5 lb / in2 (34.5
kPa). Flushometers normally require an inlet pressure of 15 lb / in2 (103.4 kPa).
Table 11 lists the usual inlet pressure and ow rates required for various plumbing
xtures.
Assume a 15-lb / in2 (103.4-kPa) inlet pressure at the highest xture. This xture
is 50 ft (15.2 m) above the water main (Fig. 14). To convert elevation in feet to
pressure in pounds per square inch, multiply by 0.434, or (50 ft)(0.434) 21.7
lb / in2 (149.6 kPa). Last, the pressure loss in the water meter is 8.3 lb / in2 (57.2
kPa), as given in the problem statement. Thus, the pressure loss in this or any other
water-supply system, not considering piping friction loss, is xture inlet pressure,

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TABLE 11 Rate of Flow and Required Pressure during Flow for Different Fixtures

TABLE 12 Fixture Demand Weight

lb / in2, vertical elevation loss, lb / in2, water-meter pressure loss, lb / in2


15 21.7 8.3 45 lb / in2 (310.2 kPa). Hence, the pressure available to overcome
the piping frictional resistance 60 45 15 lb / in2 (103.4 kPa).
Note: The pressure loss in water meters of various sizes can be obtained from
manufacturers engineering data, or Fig. 16, for disk-type meters.
5. Compute the allowable friction loss in the piping
Figure 14a shows that the longest horizontal run of pipe is 90 50 140 ft (42.7
m). Allowing 50 percent of the straight run for the equivalent length of valves and
ttings in the longest run and riser gives the total equivalent length of cold-water
piping as 140 0.50 210 ft (64.0 m).
Compute the allowable friction loss per 100 ft (30.5 m) of cold water pipe from
F 100 (pressure available to overcome piping frictional resistance, lb / in2) / equiv-

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TABLE 13 Demand Weight of Fixtures in Fixture Units

FIGURE 15 (a) Domestic water demand for various xtures; (b) enlargement of lowdemand portion of (a).

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FIGURE 16 Pressure loss in disk-type water meters.

alent length of cold-water piping, ft. Or, F 100(15) / 210 7.14 lb / in2 per 100
ft (1.62 kPa / m); use 7.0 lb / in2 per 100 ft (1.58 kPa / m) for design purposes.
By the same procedure for the hot-water pipe, F 100(15) / 255 5.88 lb / in2
per 100 ft (1.33 kPa / m); use 5.75 lb / in2 per 100 ft (1.30 kPa / m). Reducing the
design pressure loss for the cold- and hot-water piping design pressure loss to the
next lower convenient pressure is done only to save time. If desired, the actual
computed valve can be used. Never round off to the next higher convenient pressure
loss because this can lead to undersized pipes and reduced ow from the xture.
6. Size the water main
Step 3 shows that the total building water demand is 372 gal / min (23.5 L / s). Using
the cold-water friction loss of 7.0 lb / in2 per 100 ft (1.58 kPa), enter Fig. 17 at the
bottom at 7.0 and project vertically upward to 372 gal / min (23.5 L / s). Read the
main size as 4 in (102 mm). This size would be run to the water heater (Fig. 14)
unless the run were extremely long. With a long run, the main size would be
reduced after each branch takeoff to the risers to reduce the cost of the piping.
7. Compute the water ow in each riser
List the risers in Fig. 14 as shown in Table 14. Next to the letter identifying a riser,
list the water it handles (hot or cold), the number of xture units served by the
riser, and the ow. Find the ow by entering Fig. 15 with the number of xture
units served by the riser and projecting up to the ush-valve curve. Read the gallons
per minute (liters per second) at the left of Fig. 15.
8. Choose the riser size
Enter the pressure loss, lb / in2 per 100 ft (kPa per 30.5 m), found in step 5 next to
each riser (Table 14). Using Fig. 15 and the appropriate pressure loss, size each
riser and enter the chosen size in Table 14. Thus, riser A conveys 70 gal / min (4.4
L / s) with a pressure loss of 7.0 lb / in2 per 100 ft (1.58 kPa / m). Figure 15 shows
that a 2-in (50.8-mm) riser is suitable. When Fig. 15 indicate a pipe size that is
between two standard pipe sizes, use the next larger pipe size.

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FIGURE 17 Chart for selecting water-pipe size for various ow rates.

9. Choose the xture supply-pipe size


Use Table 15 as a guide for choosing the xture supply-pipe size. Note that these
tabulated sizes are the minimum recommended. Where the supply-pipe run is more
than 3 ft (1 m), or where more than one xture is served, use a larger size.
10. Select the hot-water-heater capacity
Table 16 shows that the demand factor for a hot-water heater in an industrial plant
is 0.40 times the hourly hot-water demand. Step 3 shows that the total hot-water

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TABLE 14 Riser Sizing Calculations

TABLE 15 Minimum Sizes for Fixture-Supply Pipes

demand is 162 gal / min (10.2 L / s), or 162(60) 9720 gal / h (10.2 L / s). Therefore,
this hot-water heater must have a heating coil capable of heating at least
0.4(9720) 3888 gal / h, say 3900 gal / h (4.1 L / s).
TABLE 16 Hot-Water Demand per Fixture for Various Building Types

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The storage capacity should equal the product of hourly water demand and the
storage factor from Table 16. Thus, storage capacity 9720(1.0) 9720 gal
(36,790 L). Table 17 shows the usual hot-water temperature used for various services in different types of structures.
Related Calculations. Size the risers serving each oor, using the same procedure as in steps 6 and 7. Thus, risers C and D are each 3 in (76 mm) up to the
rst-oor branch. Between this and the second-oor branch, a 212-in (64-mm) riser
is needed. Between the second and third oors, a 2-in (51-mm) cold-water riser
and a 212-in (64-mm) hot-water riser are needed.
In a downfeed water-supply system, an elevated roof tank generally supplies
cold water to the xtures. To provide a 15-lb / in2 (103.4-kPa) inlet pressure to the
highest xtures, the bottom of the tank must be (15 lb / in2)(2.31 ft in2 / lb of water)
34.6 ft (10.6 m) above the xture inlet. Where this height cannot be obtained
because the building design prohibits it, tank-type xtures requiring only a 3 lb /
in2 (20.7 kPa) or (3 / b / in2)(2.31) 6.93-ft (2.1-m) elevation at the xture inlet
may be used on the upper oors. Valve-type xtures are used on the lower oors
where the tank elevation provides the required 15-lb / in2 (103.4 kPa) inlet pressure.
To design a downfeed system: (a) Compute the pressure available at the highest
xture resulting from the tank elevation from lb / in2 0.434 (tank elevation above
inlet to highest xture, ft) (9.8 kPa / m). (b) Subtract the required inlet pressure to
the highest xture from the pressure obtained in a. (c) Compute the pressure available to overcome the friction in 100 ft (30.5 m) of piping, using the method of
step 5 of the upfeed design procedure and substituting the value found in item b.
(d) Size the main from the tank so it is large enough to provide the needed ow
to all the upper- and lower-oor xtures. (e) Note that the pressure in each supply
main increases as the distance from the tank bottom becomes greater. Thus, the
hydraulic pressure increases 0.43 lb / in2 ft) (9.8 kPa / m) of distance from the tank
bottom. Usual design practice allows a 15-lb / in2 (103.4-kPa) drop through the ttings and valves in the main. The remaining pressure produced by the tank elevation
is then available for overcoming pipe friction.
Note that both cold and hot water can be supplied from separate overhead tanks.
However, hot water is usually supplied from the building basement by a pump. In
exceptionally high buildings, water tanks may be located on several intermediate
oors as well as the roof. Hot-water heaters may also be located on intermediate
oors, although the usual location is in the basement.
In a zoned system, one water tank and one set of hot-water heaters serve several
oors or one or more wings of a building. The piping in each zone is designed as
described above, using the appropriate method for an upfeed or downfeed system.
To provide hot water as soon as possible after a xture is opened, the water
may be continuously recirculated to the xtures (Fig. 18). Recirculation is used
with both upfeed and downfeed systems. To determine the required hot-water temperature in a system, use Table 13, which shows the usual hot-water temperatures
used for various services in buildings of different types. Hot-water piping is generally insulated to reduce heat loss.
TABLE 17 Hot-Water Temperatures for Various Services, F

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FIGURE 18 Hot-water piping systems.

SPRINKLER-SYSTEM SELECTION AND DESIGN


Select and design a sprinkler system for the warehouse building shown in Fig. 19.
The materials stored in this warehouse are not ammable. The warehouse is built
of re-resistive materials.

Calculation Procedure:

1. Determine the type of occupancy of the building


The classications of occupancy used by the National Board of Fire Underwriters
(NBFU) are (1) light hazard, such as apartment houses, asylums, clubhouses, col-

FIGURE 19 Typical arrangement of sprinkler piping.

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leges, churches, dormitories, hospitals, hotels, libraries, museums, ofce buildings,


and schools; (2) ordinary hazards, such as mercantile buildings, warehouses, manufacturing plants, and occupancies not classed as light or extra hazardous; (3) extrahazard occupancies, i.e., those buildings or portions of buildings where the inspection agency having jurisdiction determines that the hazard is severe.
Since this is a warehouse used to store nonammable materials, it can be tentatively classed as an ordinary-hazard occupancy.
2. Compute the number of sprinkler head required
Consult the local re-prevention code and the re underwriters regarding the type,
size, and materials required for sprinkler systems. Typical codes recommend that
each sprinkler head in an ordinary-hazard re-resistive building protect not more
than 100 ft2 (9.29 m2) and that the sprinkler branch pipes, and the sprinklers themselves, be not more than 12 ft (3.7 m) apart, center to center.
The area of the warehouse oor is 90(60) 5400 ft2 (501.7 m2). With each
sprinkler protecting 100 ft2 (9.29 m2) of area, the number of sprinkler heads required
is 5400 ft2 / 100 ft2 (501.7 m2 / 9.29 m2) per sprinkler 54 heads.
3. Sketch the sprinkler layout
If the warehouse has a centrally located support column or piping cluster, a center
central feed pipe (Fig 19) can be used. Assuming the sprinkler branch pipes are
spaced on 10-ft (3.05-m) centers, sketch the branches and heads as shown in Fig.
19. Use a small circle to indicate each sprinkler head.
Space the end sprinkler heads and branch pipes away from the walls by an
amount equal to one-half the center-to-center distance between branch pipes. Thus,
the end sprinkler heads and branch pipes will be 10 / 2 5 ft (1.5 m) from the
walls.
4. Size the branch and main sprinkler pipes
Use the local code, Fig. 20, or Table 18. Table 18 shows that a 114-in (32-mm)
branch line will be suitable for three sprinklers in an ordinary-hazard occupancy
such as this warehouse. Hence, each branch line having three sprinklers will be
this size.
The horizontal overhead main supplying the branches will progressively decrease
in diameter as it runs farther from the vertical center central feed and serves fewer
sprinklers. To the right of the vertical feed, the horizontal main serves 30 sprinklers.
Table 18 shows that a 3-in (76-mm) pipe can serve up to 40 sprinklers. Hence, this
size will be used because the next smaller size, 212 in (64 mm), can serve only 20
sprinklers.
Since the rst branch has six sprinklers, a 3-in (76-mm) pipe is still needed for
the main because Table 18 shows that a 212-in (64-mm) pipe can serve only 20,
or fewer, sprinklers. However, beyond the second branch, the diameter of the horizontal main can be reduced to 212 (64 mm) because the number of sprinklers
serves is 30 12 18. Beyond the fourth branch, the main size can be reduced
to 2 in (51 mm) because only six sprinklers are served. Size the left-hand horizontal
main in the same way.
The vertical center central feed pipe serves 54 sprinklers. Hence, a 312-in (89mm) pipe must be used, according to Table 18.
5. Choose the primary and secondary water supply
Usual codes require that each sprinkler system have two water supplies. The primary supply should be automatic and must have sufcient capacity and pressure to

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FIGURE 20 Sprinkler pipe sizes.

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TABLE 18 Pipe-Size Schedule for Typical

Sprinkler Installations

serve the system. Local codes usually specify the minimum pressure and capacity
acceptable for sprinklers serving various occupancies.
The secondary supply is often a motor-driven, automatically controlled re pump
supplied from a water main or taking its suction under pressure from a storage
system having sufcient capacity to meet the water requirements of the structure
protected.
For light-hazard occupancy, the pump should have a capacity of at least 250
gal / min (15.8 L / s); when the pump supplies both sprinklers and hydrants, the
capacity should be at least 500 gal / min (31.5 L / s). Where the occupancy is classed
as an ordinary hazard, as this warehouse is, the capacity of the pump should be at
least 500 gal / min (31.6 L / s) or 750 gal / min (47.3 L / s), depending on whether
hydrants are supplied in addition to sprinklers. For extra-hazard occupancy, consult
the underwriter and local re-protection authorities.
Related Calculations. For re-resistive construction and light-hazard occupancy, the area protected by each sprinkler should not exceed 196 ft2 (18.2 m2),
and the center-to-center distance of the sprinkler pipes and sprinklers themselves
should not exceed 14 ft (4.3 m). For extra-hazard occupancy, the area protected by
each sprinkler should not exceed 90 ft2 (8.4 m2); the distance between pipes and

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between sprinklers should not be more than 10 ft (3.05 m). Local re-protection
codes and underwriters requirements cover other types of construction, including
mill, semimill, open-joist, and joist-type with a sheathed or plastered ceiling.
For protection of structures against exposure to res, outside sprinklers may be
used. They can be arranged to protect cornices, windows, side walls, ridge poles,
mansard roofs, etc. They are also governed by underwriters requirements. Figure
20 shows the pipe sizes used for sprinklers protecting outside areas of buildings,
including cornices, windows, side walls, etc.
Four common types of automatic sprinkler systems are in use today: wet pipe,
dry pipe, preaction, and deluge. The type of system used depends on a number of
factors, including occupancy classication, local code requirements, and the requirements of the building re underwriters. Since the requirements vary from one
area to another, no attempt is made here to list those of each locality or underwriter.
The Standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, as recommended by the
National Fire Protection Association, are excerpted instead because they are so
widely used that they are applicable for the majority of buildings. In general, the
type of sprinkler chosen does not change the design procedure given above. Figure
21 shows a typical layout of the water-supply piping for an industrial-plant sprinkler
system. Figure 22 shows how sprinklers are positioned with respect to a building
ceiling.
Use the same general design procedure presented here for sprinklers in other
types of buildingshotels, ofce buildings, schools, churches, dormitories, colleges, museums, libraries, clubhouses, hospitals, and asylums.
Note: Do not nalize a sprinkler system design until after it is approved by local
re authorities and the re underwriters insuring the building.

SIZING GAS PIPING FOR HEATING


AND COOKING
An industrial building has two 8-gal / min (0.5-L / s) water heaters and ten ranges,
each of which has four top burners and one oven burner. What maximum gas

FIGURE 21 Water-supply piping for sprinklers.

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FIGURE 22 Sprinkler positioning with respect to a building ceiling

consumption must be provided for if carbureted water gas is used as the fuel?
Determine the pressure in the longest run of gas pipe in this building if the total
equivalent length of pipe in the longest run is 150 ft (45.7 m) and the specic
gravity of the gas is 0.60 relative to air. What would the pressure loss of a 0.35gravity gas be?

Calculation Procedure:

1. Compute the heat input to the appliances


Table 19 lists the typical heat input to various gas-burning appliances. By using
the tabulated data for the 8-gal / min (0.5-L / s) water heaters and the four-burner
stove, the maximum heat input 2(300,000) 10(62,500) 1,225,000 Btu / h
(359.0 kW). The gas-supply pipe must handle sufcient gas to supply this heat
input because all burners might be operated simultaneously.
2. Compute the required gas-ow rate
Table 20 shows that the heating value of carbureted water gas is 508 Btu / ft3 (18,928
kJ / m3). Using a value of 500 Btu / ft3 (18,629 kJ / m3) to provide a modest safety
factor, we nd gas ow required, ft3 maximum heat input required, Btu / h fuel
heating value, Btu / ft3 1,225,000 / 500 2450 ft3 / h (69.4 m3 / h).

TABLE 19 Heat Input to Common Appliances

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TABLE 20 Typical Heating Values of Commercial Gases

3. Compute the pressure loss in the gas pipe


The longest equivalent run is 150 ft (45.7 m). Gas ows through the pipe at the
rate of 2450 ft3 / h (69.4 m3 / h). Enter Table 21 at this ow rate, or at the next larger
tabulated ow rate and project horizontally to the rst pressure drop listed, or 3.5
in / 100 ft (89 mm / 30 m) in a 2-in (51-mm) pipe.
The pressure loss listed in Table 21 is for 100 ft (30.5 m) of pipe if the gas has
a specic gravity of 0.6 in relation to air. To nd the pressure loss in 150 ft (45.7
m) of pipe, use the relation actual pressure loss, in of water (tabulated pressure
loss in per 100 ft)(actual pipe length, ft / tabulated pipe length, ft) 3.5(150 / 100)
5.25 in (13.3 mm) of water. Since the actual ow rate is less than 3000 ft3 / h
(84.9 m3 / h), the actual pressure drop will be less than computed.

TABLE 21 Capacities of Gas Pipes [Losses of pressure are shown in inches of water per

100 ft (millimeters per 30.4 m) of pipe, due to the ow of gas with a specic gravity of 0.6
with respect to air]

To determine head losses for othe rlengths of pipe, multiply the head losses in this table by thelength of

the pipe and divide by 100 ft. (30.4 m). For head losses due to ow of gases with specic gravity other
than 0.6, use the gures given in Table 22.

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4. Compute the pressure loss of the lighter gas


To correct for a gas of different specic gravity, multiply the actual gas ow by
the appropriate factor from Table 22. Thus, equivalent ow rate for this plant when
a gas of 0.5 gravity is owing is 2450(0.77) 1882 ft3 / h (53.5 m3 / h); say 2000
ft3 / h (56.6 m3 / h).
Entering Table 21 shows that a ow of 2000 ft3 / h (56.6 m3 / h) will have a
pressure loss of 6.3 in (160 mm) of water in 100 ft (30.5 m) of 112-in (38-mm)
pipe. In 150 ft (45.7 m) of 112-in (38-mm) pipe, the pressure loss will be
6.3(150 / 100) 9.45 in (240 mm) of water. Increasing the pipe size to 2 in (51
mm) would reduce the pressure loss to 2.25 in (57.2 mm) of water.
Related Calculations. When gas ows upward in a vertical pipe to serve upper
oors, there is a gain in the gas pressure if the gas is lighter than air. Table 23
shows the gain in gas pressure per 100 ft (30.5 m) of rise in a vertical pipe for
gases of various specic gravities. This pressure gain must be recognized when
piping systems are designed.
As with piping and xtures for plumbing systems, gas piping and xtures are
subject to code regulations in most cities and towns. Natural and manufactured
gases are widely used in stoves, water heaters, and space heaters of many designs.
Since gas can form explosive mixtures when mixed with air, gas piping must be
absolutely tight and free of leaks at all times. Usual codes cover every phase of
gas-piping size, installation, and testing. The local code governing a particular
building should be carefully followed during design and installation.
For gas supply, the usual practice is for the public-service gas company to run
its pipes into the building cellar, terminating with a brass shutoff valve and gas
meter inside the cellar wall. From this point, the plumbing contractor or gas-pipe
tter runs lines through the building to the various xture outlets. When the pressure
of the gas supplied by the public-service company is too high for the devices in

TABLE 22 Factors by Which Flows in Table 21 Must be Multiplied for Gases of Other
Specicity Gravity

TABLE 23 Changes in Pressure in Gas Pipes

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the building, a pressure-reducing valve can be installed near the point where the
line enters the building. The valve is usually supplied by the gas company.
Besides municipal codes governing the design and installation of gas piping and
devices, the gas company serving the area will usually have a number of regulations
that must be followed. In general, gas piping should be run in such a manner that
it is unnecessary to locate the meter near a boiler, under a window or steps, or in
any other area where it may be easily damaged. Where multiple-meter installations
are used, the piping must be plainly marked by means of a metal tag showing
which part of the building is served by the particular pipe. When two or more
meters are used in a building to supply separate consumers, there should be no
interconnection on the outlet side of the meters.
Materials used for gas piping include black iron, steel, and wrought iron. Copper
tubing is also nding some use, and the values listed in Table 21 apply to it as
well as schedule 40 (standard weight) pipe made of the materials listed above. Use
the procedure given here to size gas pipes for industrial, commercial, and residential
installations.

SWIMMING POOL SELECTION, SIZING,


AND SERVICING
Choose a swimming pool to serve 140 bathers with facilities for diving and swimming contests. Size the pumps for the pool. Select a suitable water-treatment system
and the inlet and outlet pipe sizes. Determine the size of heater required for the
pool, should heating of the water be required.
Calculation Procedure:

1. Compute the swimming-pool are a required


Usual swimming pools are sized in accordance with the recommendations of the
Join Committee on Swimming Pools, which uses 25 ft2 (2.3 m2) per bather as a
desirable pool area. With 140 bathers, the recommended area 25(140) 3500
ft2 (325.2 m2).
2. Choose the pool dimensions
Use Table 24 as a guide to usual pool dimensions. This tabulation shows that a
105-ft (32-m) long by 35-ft (10.7-m) wide pool is suitable for 147 bathers. Since
the next smaller pool will handle only 108 bathers, the larger pool must be used.
To provide for swimming contests, lanes at least 7 ft (2.1 m) wide are required.
Thus, this pool could have 35 ft / 7 ft 5 lanes for swimming contests. If more
lanes are desired, the pool width must be increased, if there is sufcient space.
Also, consideration of the pool length is required if swimming meets covering a
specied distance are required. Assume that the 105 35 ft (32 10.7 m) pool
chosen earlier is suitable with respect to contests and space.
To provide for diving contests, a depth of more than 9 ft (2.7 m) is recommended
at the deep end of the pool. Table 24 shows that this pool has an actual maximum
depth of 10 ft (3.05 m), which makes it better suited for diving contests. Some
swimming specialists recommend a depth of at least 10 ft (3.05 m) for diving
contests. Assume, therefore, that 10 ft (3.05 m) is acceptable for this pool.

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The pool will have a capacity of 155,600 gal (588,946 L) of water (Table 24).
If installed indoors, the pool would probably be faced with tile or glazed brick. An
outdoor pool of this size is usually constructed of concrete, and the walls are a
smooth nish.
3. Determine the pump capacity required
To keep the pool water as pure as possible, three turnovers (i.e., the number of
times the water in the pool is changed each day) are generally used. This means
that the water will be changed once each 24 h / 3 changes 8 h. The water is
changed by recirculating it through lters, a chlorinator, strainer, and heater. Thus,
the pump must handle water at the rate of pool capacity, gal / 8 h 155,600 / 8
19,450 gal / h (73,626 L / h), or 19,450 / 60 min / h 324.1 gal / min (1266.9 L / min);
say 325 gal / min (1230.3 L / min).
4. Choose the pump discharge head
Motor-driven centrifugal pumps nd almost universal application for swimming
pools. Reciprocating pumps are seldom suitable because they produce pulsations in
the delivery pipe and pool lters. Either single- or double-suction single-stage centrifugal pumps can be used. The double-suction design is usually preferred because
the balance impeller causes less wear.
The discharge head that a swimming pool circulating pump must develop is a
function of the resistance of the piping, ttings, heater, and lters. Of these four,
the heater and lters produce the largest head loss.
The usual swimming pool heater causes a head loss of up to 10 ft (3.05 m) of
water. Sand lters cause a head loss of about 50 ft (15.2 m) of water, whereas
diatomaceous earth lters cause a head loss of about 90 ft (27.4 m) of water. To
choose the pump discharge head, nd the sum of the pump suction lift, piping and
tting head loss, and heater and lter head loss. Add a 10 percent allowance for
overload. The result is the required pump discharge head in feet of water.
Most pools are equipped with two identical circulating pumps. The spare pump
ensures constant operation of the pool should one pump fail. Also, the spare pump
permits regular maintenance of the other pump.
5. Compute the quantity of makeup water required
Swimmers splash water over the gutter line of the pool. This water is drained away
to the sewer in some pools; in others the water is treated and returned to the pool
for reuse. Gutter drains are usually spaced at 15-ft (4.6-m) intervals.
Since the pool waterline is level with the gutter, every swimmer who enters the
pool displaces some water, which enters the gutter and is drained away. This drainage must be made up by the pool recirculating system.
The water displaced by a swimmer is approximately equal to his or her weight.
Assuming each swimmer weighs 160 lb (72.7 kg) this weight of water will be
displaced into the gutter. Since 1 gal (3.79 L) of water weighs 8.33 lb (3.75 kg),
each swimmer will displace 160 lb / (8.33 lb / gal) 19.2 gal (72.7 L). With a
maximum of 140 swimmers in the pool, the total quantity of water displaced is
(140)(19.2) 2695 gal / h (10,201.7 L / h), or 2695 / (60 min / h) 44.9 gal / min
(169.9 L / min), say 45 gal / min (170.3 L / min).
Thus, to keep this pool operating, the water-supply system must be capable of
delivering at least 45 gal / min (170.3 L / min). This quantity of water can come from
a city water system, a well, or recirculation of the gutter water after purication.

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6. Compute the required lter-bed area


Two types of lters are used in swimming pools: sand and diatomaceous earth. In
either type, a ow rate of 2 to 4 gal / (min ft2) [81.5 to 162.5 L / (min m2)] is
generally used. The lower ow rates, 2 to 2.5 gal / (min ft2) [81.5 to 101 L / (min
m2)] are usually preferred. Assuming that a ow rate of 2.5 gal / (min ft2) [101
L / (min m2)] is used and that 325 gal / min (1230.3 L / min) ows through the lters,
as computed in step 3, the lter-bed area required is 325 gal / min / [2.5 gal / (min
ft2)] 130 ft2 (12.1 m2).
Two lters are generally used in swimming pools to ensure continuity of service
and back-washing of one lter while the other is in use. The required area of 130
ft2 (12.1 m2) could then be divided between the two lters. Some pools use three
or more lters. Regardless of how many lters are used, the required area can be
evenly divided among them.
7. Choose the number of water inlets and outlets for the pool
The pool inlets supply the recirculation water required. Usual practice rates each
inlet for a ow of 10 to 20 gal / min (37.9 to 75.7 L / min). Given a 10-gal / min
(37.9-L / min) ow for this pool, the number of inlets required is 325 gal / min / 10
gal / min per inlet 32.5, say 32.
Locate the inlets around the periphery of the pool and on each end. Space the
inlets so that they provide an even distribution of the water. In general, inlets should
not be located more than 30 ft (10 m) apart.
Size the pool drain to release the water in the pool within the desired time
interval, usually 4 to 12 h. Since there is no harm in emptying a pool quicklyif
the sewer into which the pool discharges has sufcient capacitysize the discharge
line liberally. Thus, a 12-in (305-mm) discharge line can handle about 2000
gal / min (7570.8 L / min) when a swimming pool is drained.
8. Compute the quantity of disinfectant required
Chlorine, bromine, and ozone are some of the disinfectants used in swimming
pools. Chlorine is probably the most popular. It is used in quantities sufcient to
maintain 0.5 ppm chlorine in the water. Since this pool contains 155,600 gal
(589,008 L) of water that is recirculated three times per day, the quantity of chlorine
disinfectant that must be added each day is (155,600 gal)(3 changes per day)(8.33
lb / gal) [0.5 lb of chlorine per 106 lb (454,545.5 kg) of water] 1.95 lb (0.89 kg)
of chlorine per day. The required chlorine can be pumped into the pool inlet water
or fed from cylinders.
9. Size the water heater for the pool
The usual swimming pool heater has a heating capacity, in gallons per hour, which
is 10 times the gallons-per-minute rating of the circulating pump. Since the circulating pump for this pool is rated at 325 gal / min (12230.6 L / min), the heater should
have a capacity of 10(325) 3250 gal / h (12,306.6 L / h).
Since the entering water temperature may be as low as 40F (4.4C) in the winter,
the heater should be chosen for this entering temperature. The outlet temperature
of the water should be at least 80F (26.7C). To heat the entire contents of the
pool from 40F (4.4C) to about 70F (21C), at least 48 h is generally allowed.
Instantaneous hot-water heaters are usually chosen for swimming pool service.
10. Select the backwash sump pump
When the lter backwash ow cannot be discharged directly to a sewer, the usual
practice is to pipe the backwash to a sump in the pool machinery room. The ac-

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cumulated backwash is then pumped to the sewer by a sump pump mounted in the
sump.
The sump should be large enough to store sufcient backwash to prevent overowing. Assuming that either of the 130-ft2 (12.1-m2) lter beds is backwashed
with a ow of 12.5 gal / (min ft2) [509.3 L / (min m2)] of lter-bed area, the quantity of water entering the sump will be (12.5)(130) 1725 gal / min. If there is
room for a 5-ft deep, 8-ft wide, and 5-ft long (1.5-m deep, 2.4-m wide, and
1.5-m long) sump, its capacity will be 5 8 5 7.5 gal / ft3 1500 gal (5678
L). The difference, of 1625 1500 125 gal / min (473.2 L / min), must be discharged by the pump to prevent overow of the sump. A 150-gal / min (567.8-L /
min) sump pump should probably be chosen to provide a margin of safety. Further,
it is usual practice to install duplicate sump pumps to ensure pool operation in the
event one pump fails. Where water is collected from other drains and discharged
to the sump, the pump capacity may have to be increased accordingly.
Related Calculations. Use the general procedure given here to choose swimming pools and their related equipment for schools, recreation centers, hotels, motels, cities, towns, etc. Wherever possible, follow the recommendations of local
codes and of the Joint Committee on Swimming Pools.

SELECTING AND SIZING BUILDING SEWAGE


EJECTION PUMPS
Choose a suitable ejection pump or pumps for a building have 30 ush-valve water
closets, 12 ush-valve urinals, and 14 lavatories. The pump discharge line will
contain one check valve, one gate valve, and one 90-degree elbow. Static head on
the pump, obtained from building plans, will be 17 ft (5.2 m).

Calculation Procedures:

1. Determine the sewage ow rate the pump must handle


Use the Fixture Unit (FU) method to determine the ow rate of sewage into the
pump. This method is fully explained in this section of this handbook in the procedure titled Determination of Plumbing-System Pipe Sizes. Using Table 6 in
that procedure, we nd the ow rate as: (30 ush-valve water closets 8 FU)
(12 ush-valve urinals 8 FU) (14 lavatories 1 FU) 350 FU. Convert this
xture-unit load to gal / min by using Fig. 15 of this section to nd the ow rate
as 110 gpm (6.9 L / s).
2. Size the contaminant-tank basin size
Before the basin can be sized you must know the depth of the lowest incoming
piping. The reason for this is that the incoming piping should never be ooded by
the uid in the basin. Hence, the depth determined by ooding prevention is the
starting point for nding basin size. A rule of thumb is that the inlet should never
be less than 2 ft (0.6 m) from the top of the basin, Fig. 23.
The depth of the inlet will vary depending on the distance from the farthest
xture to the basin. Consult the local plumbing code for the minimum required
slopes for sewers.
A properly sized sump basin should include the following features: (1) The basin
must be large enough to accommodate the pump. Consult the pump manufacturer

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SI Values
1 ft
2 ft
3 in.
6 in.

(0.3 m)
(0.6 m)
(7.6 cm)
(15.2 cm)

FIGURE 23 Typical basin installation. (HPAC


magazine)

to ensure this; however, basin diameters are generally as shown in Table 25. (2) A
drawdown ratio of 3:1, or a storage capacity of three times the pump capacity or
incoming ow rate, between the high-water level and the low-water level should
be maintained. The reason for this is that with lower amounts, the pump will short
cycle and will be operating too often for too short a time. This could cause pump
damage or shorten the life of the pump.
For example, with a sewage ow of 110 gal / min (6.9 L / s), choose duplex pumps
rate at 67 percent of total ow, or 0.67 110 74 gal / min (4.7 L / s) per pump.
Total ow 2 74 148 gal / min (9.3 L / s). Then, the drawdown 3 148

TABLE 25 Pump Capacity and Basin Diameter

Pump
capacity,
gal/min
50 to 125
125 to 200
200 to 300
350 to 500
Larger

Two pumps
One pump
(simplex) basin (duplex) basin
diameter, in
diameter, in
30
36 to 42
36 to 42
36 to 48
Consult
manufacturer

36
42 to 48
48 to 60
48 to 60

SI Values
L/s

cm

3.2 to 7.9
7.9 to 12.6
12.6 to 18.9
22.1 to 31.6

76.2
91.4 to 106.7
91.4 to 106.7
91.4 to 121.9
Consult
manufacturer

cm
91.4 to 121.9
121.9 to 152.4
121.9 to 152.4

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444 gal (1683 L). From Table 25, 444 gal would require a 48 to 60 in (122 to 152
cm) diameter basin for duplex pumps.
A minimum depth at the bottom of the basin should be maintained as required
by the pump manufacturer. However, a rule of thumb is 1 ft (0.3 m) minimum
depth. This ensures that the pumps will maintain their prime, constantly sealed by
water. A dry pump that has lost its prime will fail to operate or run out of control.
A 3- to 6-in. (7.6- to 15.2-cm) difference between elevations of the inlet and the
high-water level should be maintained for alarm purposes. If the pumps fail to
operate or become overloaded and cannot keep up with the incoming ow, a simple
oat-operated switch will active an alarm.
Now that the basin diameter parameters, the inlet depth, and the drawdown are
known, various combinations of basin depths can be used to nish sizing the basin.
Using the basin capacities shown in Table 26, divide the determined drawdown by
the capacities listed. For example, 48-in (122-cm) diameter 444 gal drawdown /
95 gal 4 ft 8 in (1.4 m), and 60-in diameter 444 gal drawdown / 150 gal 3
ft (0.9 m).
Either tank size will work for this building. The design engineer or contractor
must choose the basin that best ts the installation. Both sizes will be economically
the same. However, the 48-in (122-cm) size, which requires less oor space, will
be deeper. Location of the sewage ejector in the building may dictate which size
should be used, depending on the constraints of the building conguration or structure.
Figure 24 shows the basin that could be selected for this installation. The basin
could be 48-in (122-cm) in diameter by 8 ft deep (2.4 m), or 60-in (152-cm) in
diameter by 6.5 ft (2 m) deep. Note that 4 in (10 cm) were added to the 48-in
basin and 6 in (15 cm) to the 60-in basin to round them off to standard manufactured depths, which are in 6-in (15-cm) increments. The difference will be used in
setting the controls and is where the 3- and 6-in (7.6- to 15-cm) difference occurs
between the inlet and high-water level.
3. Find the total dynamic head on the ejector
Determining the total dynamic head (TDH) is a means for solving for how much
force the pump must produce to send the incoming sewage ow to its destination.
The TDH is a summation of the vertical lift (static head), the resistance of pipe
and ttings to ow (friction loss), and the backpressure found in a sewer that is
owing.
Static head is determined by measuring the vertical distance between the lowwater level in the basin and the highest point of discharge, Fig. 24.
TABLE 26 Circular Basin Capacities

Diameter,
in

Capacity per ft
depth, gal

18
24
30
36
42
48
60
72

14
24
38
53
77
95
150
212

SI values
cm

L/m

45.7
60.9
76.2
91.4
106.7
121.9
152.4
182.9

174
298
473
659
957
1181
1865
2636

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SI Values
2 ft
3 in.
6 in.
4 ft 8 in.
3 ft
48 in.
60 in.
8 ft
6 ft 6 in.
1 ft

15.55

(0.6 m)
(7.6 cm)
(15.2 cm)
(1.4 m)
(0.9 m)
(1.2 m)
(1.5 m)
(2.4 m)
(1.98 m)
(0.3 m)

FIGURE 24 Basin parameters as calculated in


procedure. (HPAC magazine)

To determine the friction losses in the discharge line, one must know the discharge pipe size. Generally, a velocity of 2 fps (0.6 m / s) is acceptable. This velocity
allows sufcient ow to ensure carrying solids. Table 27 is based on that ow
velocity. Accepted solid sizes are generally 2 in (5 cm), and piping smaller than 2
in (5 cm) diameter should be veried with local plumbing code. Note that this table
is for both plastic and steel piping. Since the acceptable materials can vary from
one locality to another, the local plumbing code must be consulted before making
a nal materials choice.
For this installation, with a pipe length of 10 ft (3 m), a 2-in pipe is beyond the
listed friction heads for 148 gal / min (9.3 L / s) in Table 27. Hence, the next larger
size, 2.5 in (6.4-cm) will have to be used. Then the friction loss for a ow rate of

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TABLE 27 Friction Head in feet per 100 ft of Schedule 40 Pipe.*

Pipe size, in
Flow,
gal/min
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
60
70
80
90
100
125
150
175

114

112

Plastic

Steel

0.34
0.71
1.19
1.78
2.48
3.29
4.21
5.25
6.42
10.39
13.60
19.20

0.35
0.72
1.20
1.74
2.45
3.24
4.15
5.17
6.31
9.61
13.00
18.20

212

Plastic

Steel

0.33
0.56
0.83
1.16
1.54
1.97
2.41
2.96
4.80
6.27
8.82
10.70
14.00
16.50

0.34
0.57
0.85
1.18
1.51
1.93
2.40
2.92
4.80
1.81
8.82
10.80
14.00
16.50

Plastic

Steel

0.34
0.45
0.58
0.72
0.88
1.38
1.82
2.40
3.12
3.80
4.70
6.50
8.60
11.10
13.80
16.80

0.35
0.46
0.59
0.73
0.88
1.39
0.75
2.40
3.10
3.80
4.70
6.60
8.80
11.40
14.30
17.50

Plastic

Steel

0.77
1.01
1.28
1.50
1.90
2.70
3.70
4.70
5.80
7.10
10.90
15.90

0.99
1.30
1.60
1.90
2.70
3.60
4.60
5.80
7.10
10.90
15.90

Plastic

Steel

0.55
0.66
0.94
1.20
1.60
2.00
2.40
3.70
5.20
6.90

0.56
0.68
0.91
1.20
1.60
2.00
2.40
3.60
5.10
6.90

*See text of procedure for SI values.

148 gpm using the loss for 150 gal / min from Table 27 is for 10 ft of 2.5-in
pipe (10 ft 15.9 ft) / 100 ft 1.59 ft (0.48 m) of head.
Using Table 28 for determining the friction losses in the discharge piping and
ttings, we have: check valve 20.6 ft; gate valve 1.7 ft; 90-degree elbow
6.2 ft; total 20.6 1.7 6.2 28.5 ft (8.7 m). The head loss through these
ttings will be, as computed for the straight pipe: (28.5 15.9 ft) / 100 4.53 ft
(1.38 m) of head.
TABLE 28 Friction Factors for Pipe Fittings in Terms of Equivalent Feet of Straight Pipe.*

Nominal
pipe
size, in

90 deg
elbow

45 deg
elbow

Tee (throughow)

Tee (branch
ow)

Swing check
valve

Gate
valve

114
112
2
212
3

3.5
4.0
5.2
6.2
7.7

1.8
2.2
2.8
3.3
4.1

2.3
2.7
3.5
4.1
5.1

6.9
8.1
10.3
12.3
15.3

11.5
13.4
17.2
20.6
25.5

0.9
1.1
1.4
1.7
2.0

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The backpressure from sewers is usually 2 to 3 ft (0.6 to 0.91 m) of head loss


caused by the pump operating against a sewer in operation. (We will use 3-ft head
in this calculation). Adding this to the computed friction losses and static head will
give the TDH. For this procedure, TDH 17 ft static head 1.59 ft pipe loss
4.5 ft ttings loss 3 ft backpressure 26 ft (7.9 m) TDH. This total dynamic
head will be used to enter the pump manufacturers pump curves, along with the
gpm required, to select the correct pump.
4. Select the solids-handling capability
As stated earlier, solids handling is generally acceptable since most modern xtures
will not pass larger solids. Some sewage ejectors may not require 2-in (5-cm) solids
handling capability if they serve a sanitary sewer that contains no raw sewage, such
as efuent pumps in drainage elds. In all designs, consult the local plumbing code
to determine the specic requirements in the locality. In this design, water closets
were used, and 2-in size (5-cm) would be a minimum discharge size.
5. Evaluate pump type to use
The style of pump chosen depends largely on the type of building served. What
this really means is that the larger the expected ows, the larger the handling
capacity of the pumps. A submersible pump, found in the basement of many homes,
is adequate to handle the ow and frequency of operation associated with the average family.
A commercial building, such as an ofce structure, may use larger submersible
pumps, Fig. 25a, with ow rates in the range of 1000 gal / min (63.1 L / s). Where
oor space is at a premium, a submersible pump is benecial because the pump is
located inside the basin. Since the pump is immersed directly in the sewage, removal, replacement, and standard servicing are not simple tasks.
Vertical lift pumps, Fig. 25b, are used in many commercial buildings with adequate oor space, when ow rates are in the range of 50 to 1500 gal / min (3 to
95 L / s). The advantage of a vertical lift pump is that the driver is mounted at oor
level with a drive shaft extending into the sewage, where the impeller is located.
Service and maintenance are simplied by not having personnel enter the containment tank. Because the impeller is located in the sewage where the work is actually
performed, sizes are relatively limited. Impeller clogging can still require complete
removal.
Self-priming pumps, Fig. 25c, are found in both commercial and industrial buildings. Flow rates range from 50 to 2000 gal / min (3 to 126 L / s). The advantage of
a self-priming pump is that the driver and impeller are mounted at the oor level
with a suction pipe extending into the sewage. Since both impeller and driver are
located above the oor, caution should be used in selecting self-primers for buildings with inadequate oor space.
6. Choose the pump to use
Using the pump manufacturers pump curves, look for a pump that has its highest
efciency close to, or at, the intersection of lines drawn vertically from the gal /
min (L / s) required and horizontally from the TDH. Figure 26 shows typical manufacturers pump curve.
Basically, the higher the rpm of the pump, the higher the TDH at lower gal /
min with the same horsepower (kW). As you can see from Fig. 26, (a) At 1750 r/
min 1 hp (0.75 kW) with a 5.75-in (14.6-cm) diameter impeller the efciency is
close to peak at 52 percent; (b) with 1150 r/min 1 hp (0.75 kW) with an 8-in
(20.3-cm) diameter impeller, efciency is not at peak at 52 percent.

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FIGURE 25 Three types of sewage-ejection


pumps. (a) Submersible pump; (b) Vertical-lift
pump; (c) Self-priming pump. (HPAC magazine)
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FIGURE 26 Typical manufacturers curves for sewage-ejection pumps. See text for SI values.
(HPAC magazine)
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ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

FIGURE 27 Locations of controls for 4.67-ft (1.4-m)


diameter deep basin. (HPAC magazine)

All pumps have one feature in common: they are most efcient when operating
at their peak performance load. A pump that is oversized or undersized and is not
operating at is peak performance for the greatest amount of its running time will
either consume more energy than is necessary or burn itself out prematurely. Try
to select a pump that has its highest efciency at the TDH and gal / min (L / s) the
job requires. Following this guideline, choose the 1750-rpm pump, which is usually
the choice with smaller ows and shorter running times.
7. Determine which controls to use
Controls are manufactured in many different forms. There are simple oat controls
like those found in tank-type water closets. Then there are pressure-sensitive electronic devices with no moving parts.
All controls turn the pump on and off. Depending on the relative importance of
controlling the pump, deciding on the right controls can be a matter of economics.
The more sophisticated the controls, in general, the more expensive they are. In the
case of duplex pumps, the controls should also alternate the lead pump so that the
pumps wear evenly.

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Setting the locations of the controls is a matter of dening predetermined locations from the water levels (step 2, above), Fig. 27. The rst or lead pump turns
on when about two-thirds of the total draindown depth is lled. Next, the second
pump turns on when the level continues to rise to half the depth left to the highwater level. The high-water alarm activates when half the depth from the highwater level to the inlet remains.
Related Calculations. Sewage ejectors are highly reliable. When selected, installed, and engineered correctly, they can survive the life of the building. Inexpensive steps that can minimize problems with sewage ejectors are: (1) Use a
precast or concrete slab under the basin when installing it. Set the slab on undisturbed earth, sand, or compacted backll. This will prevent the basin from settling.
(2). When using a glass ber basin in poor soil conditions, set the basin inside a
larger corrugated metal pipe or concrete bell preset in concrete and ll the voids
between them with concrete or mortar to set up a concrete envelope. This will keep
the glass ber basin from being lifted by surrounding groundwater. (3) Consider
connecting the sewage ejector to a second source of powereither an emergency
generator or a dual-feed from the power source. (4) Always vent the basin to
atmosphere through the roof to prevent odors. Most local plumbing codes require
such ventilation anyway.
Keep in mind the following considerations when designing any sewage-ejection
system. (1) Sewage ejectors are pumping systems designed specically to lift emulsied solids in liquid from a buildings interior or clear liquid from drainage elds
to a preferred destination. (2) Such a pumping system usually consists of a driver
(either a motor or engine), an impeller, a containment tank, and control devices to
operate the driver automatically. (3) Be certain to consult equipment manufacturers
when designing systems for special applications or uses not commonly found in
handling raw, untreated sewage.
This procedure is the work of Larry Robertson, CIPE, Perkins and Will, as
reported in Heating / Piping / Air Conditioning magazine, August, 1990. SI values
were added by the handbook editor.

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