The Washington Aqueduct produces drinking water for approximately one million people in Washington, DC and parts of Northern Virginia. It was commissioned by Congress in 1852, built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, began operating in 1859, and has been in continuous use ever since. Today, the Aqueduct encompasses 69 buildings on four (4) campuses.
Rhino was engaged to conduct surveys of all 69 buildings for compliance with UFC fire and life safety requirements, and to serve as Fire Protection Designer of Record for new fire alarm systems in 10 historically significant buildings. This effort was subsequently increased to 18 buildings based on our survey findings, and included fire suppression modifications to several buildings. Each building is completely protected by an automatic fire alarm and mass notification system. The fire alarm systems are connected to the Operator’s Control desk on each campus via a fiber optic communication loop.