The position and the tasks of the crew vary with each of these
methods. When drums are being filled from the PWS/DS, assign one soldier to
the control valves of the filling point. This soldier will be responsible
for controlling the flow of water to the drums. Assign the other soldier to
This soldier will be responsible for preparing the drums for
filling, making all connections, and monitoring the filling operation. When
using the 125-GPM pump, you still need two soldiers for the filling
operation. Have one soldier operate the 125-GPM pump and control the flow
of the water. Assign the other to the drum with the same responsibility as
in the method described before.
If the drums are to be delivered by
helicopter to the supported unit, you will need a vehicle to move the filled
drums to the loading point.
3. You must survey the forward area where the FAWPSS will be set up.
Select a flat, solid, debris-free area with adequate terrain drainage. This
area should measure approximately 30 by 120 feet and be free of overhead
obstacles to permit delivery and removal of water storage drums by
a. After selecting the forward site, return to your PWS/DS site. Have
your soldiers begin unpacking the FAWPSS containers, taking care to avoid
nails which can puncture drums and hoses.
Have them retain the packaging
and packing containers for use during future recovery and system storage.
They should remove dust caps and plugs from each hose just prior to use.
b. On the first sortie, transport the 125-GPM pump to the forward area
along with the first two full 500-gallon drums.
Have your soldiers place
the 125-GPM centrifugal pump assembly in the approximate center of the
assembly or setup area. The side of the pump that contains the male quick-
disconnect coupling should be positioned so that it faces toward the area
where the four distribution nozzles are to be located. The side of the pump
that contains the female quick-disconnect coupling faces the area where the
500-gallon water drums are located.
They should place the suction water
hose assembly at the side of the centrifugal pump that contains the female
Finally, have them attach the male end of the
suction water hose assembly to the female quick-disconnect coupling on the
centrifugal pump. The pump is now set up.
c. Next, have your soldiers position two full 500-gallon water drum
assemblies for connecting to the pump.
Make sure the side of the tanks
which has the 2-inch elbow coupler is close enough to the suction water hose
assembly to permit attachment. If the drums are delivered by helicopter to
the supported unit, you may need a vehicle to move the filled drum to the