A critical link in water supply operations is internal unit distribution within consumption limits. If this link fails,
the soldier is denied adequate quantities of water. His health and combat effectiveness and the success of
the mission are thus jeopardized. In the theater of operations, water is issued as far forward as the tactical
situation permits. Usually, the supported units pick up water from the water point in their own containers.
Provisions must be made for this traffic. To solve these problems and to equally distribute the water
production workload, the water supply supervisor sets up water issue schedules. Schedules eliminate
confusion and loss of time that may result if units arrive unscheduled at water points.
PART A - COMPLETE ISSUE SCHEDULES
Complete Issue Schedules. The water issue schedule (Lesson 2, Figure 2-3) is a written log. Its
issuance is coordinated with supporting units to ensure timely and efficient issue of water supplies to
supported units in a theater of operations. Issue schedule factors are shown in Figure 3-1.
The MMC provides location and troop strength of supported units. In certain cases, the MMC may
provide allocation instructions limiting issue of water during emergencies. Multiply the troop strength times
the applicable consumption factors to determine the estimated consumption rate of each unit. Then compare
locations of the supported units with those of the water points. Schedule the units nearest the water points to
receive water first. If supported units have no organic transport or if water is to be issued at a Class I ration
breakdown point not collocated with the water point, establish an issue schedule using the 3,000-gallon
Draft a DA Form 1714-R (Lesson 2, Figure. 2-3) which will effect equal issue of water sufficient to meet
operational needs to all supported units. Submit the draft issue log to the platoon leader for approval.
Use the issue log to draft an issue schedule on a memorandum for the commander, indicating the dates
and times each supported unit will receive water and which water point they will use. Include additional
instructions, such as allocation limits and requests for increased supplies, on the memorandum. When
signed by the commander, distribute the memorandum to the supported units in advance to ensure sufficient
time for planning. Post the completed water issue logs to the water points. Log the actual gallons distributed
to the consuming units on subsequent daily logs.
PART B - COMPLETE DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULES
Complete Distribution Schedules. The daily water distribution log, DA Form 1714-1-R (Figure 3-2),
is important because the information from this form is used by the logistics staff to effectively manage
distribution of water to all supported units. For this reason, the data entered on the distribution log should be
complete and accurate.
To complete the schedule you will need to coordinate with units issuing water by TWDS , hardwalled
tanker, and/or SMFT to the storage site, NCOIC of the storage site receiving water, the dispatching of water
to using units, and the Surgeon General or his representative for the appropriate chlorine residual at the point
of distribution. Follow the guidance below for completing the distribution log:
Water Point No. Each GS water distribution point will have a different number assigned to it. In most
GS operations, two or more water units will be operating in different locations throughout the area. It is
essential to unit operations to keep separate information on each water distribution point.
NCO in Charge. Enter the name of the NCO in charge of the water distribution point. This information
will show who is responsible for the operation of the water distribution point and who to contact for
additional information concerning the distribution activities at that distribution point.
Date. At the start of each day, use a new log sheet. This log is a daily report and must be completed for
each day the distribution point is in operation and water is distributed. By keeping up with the log on a
daily basis, you can determine the amount of water distributed. This information will also be helpful in
planning future support needs.