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Firewater ‘Aguardiente’

Supplier: Reynolds Soil Technologies

When using water to extinguish fires, control spontaneous combustion in coal or to penetrate varying material substrates copious quantities are required to perform the tasks as water has some limiting characteristics that reduce its performance.

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Firewater ‘Aguardiente’

Heavier, Thicker Fire Fighting Water

Water Isn't As Effective On It's Own

When using water to extinguish fires, control spontaneous combustion in coal or to penetrate varying material substrates copious quantities are required to perform the tasks as water has some limiting characteristics that reduce its performance.

When water is sprayed it spreads and becomes aerated making it less effective in dampening the target area or extinguishing a fire.

It will vaporise to become steam much faster which require larger volumes to achieve the desired result.

When water is sprayed onto stockpiles or natural ground there is a surface tension created between the mineral, soil or organic particles and the water molecule which reduces water's ability to penetrate deep into the material.

Solution

Firewater has been developed by RST to change the characteristics of water making it more effective in specific applications.

When Firewater is added to plain water it reacts with the water molecules and makes the water heavier and thicker. This achieves far greater results for each application using much less water.

How It Works

Firewater firstly thickens the water by the addition of heavy molecular weight (HMW) polymers. These HMW Polymers change the appearance of the water making it denser in texture resulting in a heavier and larger droplet structure which is less likely to aerate, forming fine droplets and drift.

Secondly, a fast acting penetrating surfactant system is added which instantly breaks the surface tension between the water and the material it is applied to allowing for a deep wetting action to occur using less volumes of water.

What Firewater Is Used For

Improving the Fire Suppression Qualities of Water

  • Allows for less evaporation, fast drenching, and reduced water usage when added to fire fighting water.
  • Soaks and quickly saturates the affected areas fast, resulting in less steaming and quicker extinguishing, using less water.
  • Instantly breaking the surface tension between the water droplet and the hard to wet layer allowing for greatly improved water penetration.
  • 'Wets Out' and suppresses fires.

Application

Firewater readily mixes with water. Any water spraying device can be used to apply the product. For large areas the use of a water cart with cannon is recommended.

As a general guideline Firewater should be applied as a 0.2% solution.

It is important Firewater be mixed well into the water before application.

Benefits

  • Reduced Water Usage
    • By approximately 60%
  • More Control of Water
    • Less affected by wind conditions.
    • Penetrates Fast
    • Less runoff

Environment

All RST products are environmentally safe and user friendly. For further detailed information on a specific product or application please contact RST Head Office.

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