Hose System to Deliver Emergency Water to a Region after a Disaster
IFFC proposes a very long portable hose system that can be rapidly deployed to bring water to people in need.
It can be delivered, by air, to locations that have lost their water supplies to earthquakes, floods, and large storms.
It will be computer controlled so that it will be easy to operate.
If a town has lost its local water supply, the long hose system can bring water from 10, 20, or 30 miles away. There is actually no limit, other than expense, to the length of the hose system
The figure below shows pickup trucks with portable diesel pumps and hoses on reels.
The pickup trucks have deployed the hose, from the reels, while driving across the terrain.
The hose contains a small gauge wire that supports a
digital data network which, by remote control, monitors and controls all of the pumps in the system.
Multiple pumps are needed when water is pumped long distances. Unlike metal pipes, hoses have limited ability to handle high pressures, and the multiple pumps are needed to boost the pressure at given intervals.
All of the pumps in the relay can be controlled by a personal computer that is driven from a control panel.
Once the hose and pumps of the system are deployed, there is no need to dedicate an operator
to control each pump.
The figure below shows that tractors can be used instead of pickup trucks.
The picture below shows an existing military system that delivers water and diesel fuel to forward posts.
The hose shown contains an embedded wire that is used to prevent static electricity from igniting diesel fuel.
We plan to use this type of hose in the proposed hose system. The embedded wire will support an Ethernet type digital network that performs the monitoring and control of all of the diesel pumps in the hose system.
The picture below shows a much smaller reel that can be used to deploy the proposed hose system.
The image below shows that it is possible to deploy the hose system over very rugged terrain via a large helicopter.