SUPERVISE WATER RECONNAISSANCE OPERATIONS
Critical Task: 101-540-2029
This lesson covers the procedures for conducting ground and aerial reconnaissance for a proposed water
point in a field environment.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Supervise water reconnaissance.
You will be given information from FM 10-52, FM 10-52-1, TB MED 577, and STP
Supervise water reconnaissance in accordance with FM 10-52 and FM 10-52-1.
REFERENCES: The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications:
FM 10-52, FM 10-52-1, TB MED 577, and STP 10-77W14-SM-TG.
Supervision is a key element for any water operation mission to be successful. Without direct
supervision, previous planning efforts are fruitless. The purpose of conducting a water reconnaissance is
to gather vital information about potential water sites. You are looking for potential water purification
sites and bulk water storage and distribution sites.
Situation: Your water section leader has designated you to be the water reconnaissance team leader. He
has given you mission guidance from the tactical commander and the projected water requirements to
support deployed forces. Your primary duty is to supervise the site reconnaissance. You have a
complete water team and all necessary equipment to accomplish the mission.
PART A - AIR AND GROUND RECONNAISSANCE
Planning. To have a successful site selection mission, proper planning is essential. Planning should be
first in the minds of reconnaissance personnel. The planning for a water supply site, begin with mission
guidance from your tactical commander. Usually the mission to seek new water supply operational sites
in support of tactical combat operations has been directed by the supporting water unit, in coordination
with the appropriate MMC and rear area terrain manager in the rear command. You also need to know
the projected water requirements to support the deployed forces.