3,000-gallon onion tanks that are organic to each ROWPU. This gives the water section the capability of
storing 120,000 gallons of potable water. The water section can distribute water to users using the user's
organic equipment (for example, 400-gallon water trailers) or CTA equipment (for example, 250-gallon
collapsible drums). It can also distribute water to major consumers that have no organic transportation
assets by using the 3,000-gallon SMFT. The FAWPSS permits limited aerial or ground resupply to isolated
units. The system provides a potable water delivery and storage system for units in a remote area.
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Figure 1-1. QM Supply Company (TOE 42447L).
Divisional water support is provided by the MSB S&S company. Water purification points are set up at
water sources in each BSA and at up to two points in the DSA. Depending on METT-T factors, division and
brigade Class I distribution points may be collocated with the water points. Where surface water is not
available, a dry water point distribution system may be set up and supported by the units' organic SMFTs.
Divisional water support includes heavy, airborne, air assault, and infantry (light) divisions; the armored
cavalry regiment; and separate brigade.
In arid zones where DS water units cannot provide enough water, GSUs provide this capability. Purified
water enters the water distribution system from onshore or offshore purification points. Water is stored in
collapsible fabric tanks at a base terminal storage facility. It is distributed to other terminals in the TA and
forward to the corps area by TWDS when required. Terminals also provide water support for units nearby on
a supply point basis. The petroleum group in the COMMZ and the COSCOM in the corps provide command
and control of all GS water assets. These assets include a water supply battalion, water supply companies,
tactical water distribution teams, water purification teams and detachments, a water purification barge team,
and transportation medium truck companies.
The QM HHD of the water supply battalion (Figure 1-2) provides command, administrative, technical,
and operational supervision of two to five assigned or attached water supply companies, truck companies,
water purification teams and detachments, and tactical water distribution teams. The number of teams and
detachments will be determined by the tactical situation. The HHD, normally located in the TA, depends on
other units for support. Some operations may require elements of the battalion to function in the divisional
DS area as well as the corps GS area. During the build up of a theater, POL supply, POL pipeline, QM S&S
battalions, or other logistical HQ may provide command and control of water supply units prior to
establishment of a water supply battalion.