source is; rainfall, desalinization or groundwater, you must move
your water supply from its source to the end user in a safe and
efficient manner. Water distribution products encompass all of the
components that are required to get your water from there to here.
piping materials are utilized for water transport. Each material has
advantages and disadvantages, and it is up to the water distribution
engineer to decide which system works best in each application. Here
are a few that Traeger Brothers can supply:
is a traditional choice which has served well for decades. DI pipe
connections are simple and the material is strong. For more
is a popular medium to large diameter solution for water mains.
C-900 is relatively lightweight and durable when installed
properly. For potable water these pipes are colored blue. See the
Freedom Plastic site for more info:
Schedule 40 and Schedule 80 are popular small diameter solutions
for the pipe run from the water main to the end user. It is also
popular for inside plumbing applications. These can be joined by
threaded joints or with solvent based primers and glues.
- Chlorinated Poly (Vinyl Chloride) is similar in design and
construction to PVC.
High Density Polyethylene pipe is available
in a range of sizes and is becoming more popular for long piping
runs. Joints of this pipe are connected through electro-fusion,
requiring the use of a heat generating cutting and joining
machine, as well as special care to insure cleanliness of the
connection. Check the Isco site for more info:
is Polyethylene pipe, available in rolls and used mostly for small
diameter runs. Check this resource for more details:
(or crosslinked polyethylene) is small diameter flexible tubing
that is connected with crimped-on fittings. Fewer fittings are
required due to the flexibility of this product. Find out more
about PEX here:
(Fiberglass reinforced pipe) or filament wound fiberglass pipe
products are available in a variety of sizes and constructions.
Used commonly in desalinization systems due to its high resistance
to concentrated brine, it is a strong and lightweight solution in
many industrial applications. See
Smith Fibercast’s website
for more info.
pipe is a traditional high quality solution to small diameter
installations, and the one preferred by our Aruba water
distribution customer. This product excels in many areas but can
be impacted by fluctuations in copper commodity pricing.
for more copper tubing water distribution information.
pipe is an economical solution but can be affected by corrosion in
is an AWWA approved solution for large diameter water mains and
high pressure force mains.
Each type of pipe will utilize different styles of fittings
depending on standards of construction. We can supply all of the
common elbows, tees, unions, couplings and the like for each of the
pipe materials listed above. In addition to pipe fittings, we can
also offer more specialized products.
These items are utilized in the main water lines, pump houses and
other parts of the distribution system as the water moves from its
source to its position in the end user’s street.
Treatment Equipment and Chemicals
The purifying and treatment process can utilize many products that
Traeger can help with, including dosing (metering) pumps, injectors,
stirring motors and poly tanks. Several of the filtration
manufacturers distribute through Traeger Brothers, and we have
access to some of the RO filtration suppliers. We also have sources
for the variety of chemicals utilized in the treatment process,
including alum, limestone, caustic soda, citrus based
de-chlorinator, calcium hypochlorite and others. We stock 316
stainless steel tubing and tube fittings to plumb your
instrumentation system, and can supply pressure gauges and flow
meters as well.
wide variety of water valves are utilized in the distribution
scheme. These can include large diameter butterfly valves, resilient
wedge lined gate valves, pressure reducing valves, altitude
adjusting valves, air relief valves, backflow preventers, check
valves, silent check valves, hydrants, fire hydrants, control
valves, level control valves, balancing valves and more. Check out
for their engineered valves.
Low Lead NSF
61 Ball Valves
Brothers proudly represents Kitz valves. Kitz’s now offers a
low-lead brass ball valve with a stainless ball that is NSF 61
certified. This is a perfect solution for the small brass ball
valves required by water distribution managers.
Don’t forget that Traeger stocks cast and forged carbon and
stainless steel gate, globe, check and ball valves, as well as iron
butterfly and silent check valves in our Miami warehouse. Kitz also
has a line of brass and iron commercial valves. See the details on
valves products page.
a new connection from the water main to the end user’s location is
called for, the standard method is to clamp a brass or stainless
saddle around the water main, and utilize a drilling machine to hot
tap the pressurized pipe and install a valve into the saddle’s
outlet. This valve is called the corporation stop. A supply pipe is
then connected to that valve for the run to the meter box. Saddles
are available with brass or iron bodies, and steel, brass or
stainless bails or bands, depending on the application. Saddles or
tapping sleeves can also be used to install air relief valves. Ford
is our approved manufacturer for these products.
stops are installed at the tap into the water main. Their thread
pattern must be matched to the tapping saddle on one end, and have
the proper supply pipe connection on the other end. The connection
for the supply pipe can be a push in type quick connection, a pack
joint or threaded.
stops are used as water cutoff valves at the street or curb, between
the corporation stop at the main and the entrance to the customer’s
location. These can be used where there are multiple metered
accounts inside one facility.
Curb boxes allow easy access to valves buried under the street or
sidewalk, enabling control of water flow to the customer without
delay. Most popular diameters are 5-1/4” (for larger gate valves)
and 2-1/2” (for curb stops).
different varieties of meter boxes are used worldwide, and in some
applications meter boxes are not used at all. In the US Virgin
Islands, a pvc water supply line is used to bring potable water from
the corporation stop at the main to the water meter box for the end
users property. This meter box provides a safe and secure mounting
location for the water meter, which is the cash register of the
water utility for that customer.
meter box for the USVI includes a ball valve at the entrance – this
serves the same purpose as the curb stop previously mentioned and
allows the water service to that client to be cut off and the meter
removed if required. Meter installation and removal requires no
tools in this design, and security is maintained by the locking lid.
Other features include a double check valve at the exit of the box,
to prevent potentially contaminated water from entering the water
distribution system from the customer’s lines or cistern. VIWAPA
meter box specs also include a plastic lid to enhance the radio
transmitters range for their remote meter reading system.
use hard connections for their meters, and either leave the meter
exposed above ground or enclose it in a semi-buried fiberglass box.
These systems are more economical but lose some of the safety and
security aspects of the cast iron box design.
couplings are the connectors used to unite sections of small
diameter piping for the client’s water supply. They can be straight,
tees, 90° or 45° elbows with a variety of end connections to fit
almost any type of small diameter pipe.
clamps can be used for temporary or semi permanent repairs to pipes
from ˝” through 36” in all pipe sizes and materials. They can stop a
leak from a pinhole or crack to larger holes depending on the
pressure and other parameters. To install, just wrap around and
clamp down. Ford’s all stainless FS1 style are our best sellers.
steel couplings have a variety of uses in the 2” – 24” water supply
piping application. They can be used to join two pieces of pipe;
even if the pipes are two different types and/or sizes. They can be
used to make repairs where the pipe has split in two. If a pipe
needs to be cut to install a valve in line, couplings can be used to
re-connect the pipe after installation. Couplings can also be used
to correct mis-aligned pipe. With Ford’s Ultra-Flex wide range
coupling, one coupling can be used to repair pipes with more than a
one inch range of outside diameters, allowing a few couplings to
serve a wide range of applications. Other specialized couplings
include reducing couplings, flanged adapter couplings, cut-in
couplings and end cap couplings for end-of-line use.
Mechanical Joint Fittings
Joints are the most common way of connecting valves and fittings to
larger diameter water distribution pipe. These work equally well for
ductile iron and pvc C-900 applications. The fittings have a type of
flange cast into their connecting ends, which mates up to either
another MJ fitting or a MJ adapter. The second part of this type of
connection is the rubber gasket or gland that seals the outside wall
of the pipe end to the inside wall of the fitting. When making a
connection to a pipe end, a ductile iron retainer is clamped to the
pipe end, with the gland squeezed in between the retainer and the MJ
flange. We offer products of
restraints are required whenever a water line encounters an
obstruction or change in pressure that can cause the bell and spigot
connections to separate. A traditional method of restraining has
been poured concrete; a “thrust block” framed and poured full of
cement to physically hold each connection together and to the
ground. This method can be expensive in terms of time delays of
manpower, crews and road re-openings as well as in material costs.
An alternative is a mechanical restraint formed by an iron clamp on
the pipe end and an iron ring behind the pipe’s bell, connected by
steel threaded tie rods. This method is a fast and effective means
to build required restraints into the distribution system. Ford’s
line of pipe restraints are called Uni-Flange, and features thrust
restraints and flange adapters in sizes from 2 to 48 inch that can
handle pressure up to 400 psi.
Brothers provides products to help utilities protect their assets
and secure their revenues including locks for fire hydrants, meter
boxes, curb stops, water meters, manholes and curb boxes.
Brothers is a distributor for
Reed Manufacturing, whose line
includes a variety of tools for working with plastic and iron pipe.
Water distribution system maintenance shops will require drilling
and tapping machines, pneumatic hacksaws, shut-off tools and more.
test benches allow the testing and calibration of multiple water
meters in a controlled setting. Water meters are your cash register;
make sure they are measuring every drop of your product!
Brothers would be pleased to make an offer on the water meters you
may require for residential, commercial or master metering
applications. Displacement, velocity or electromagnetic styles are
available. Multi-jet, turbine, displacement or mag types can be
supplied, depending on your application or preference. Depending on
your location, we can offer meters from Sensus, Elster or other
A complete water line installation requires
additional products, and Traeger Brothers can supply those as well.
Teflon tape and PVC pipe wrap tape are both available through our
AA Pipe seal.
Pipe tracing tape and wire, along with caution tape will help you
finish the trench before you backfill it.
require to move, treat, pump, control or deliver potable water from
it’s source to the tap, Traeger Brothers can help. Give your
salesperson a call for fair pricing on quality products today.