b. Verify that the level of chlorine residual adheres to the surgeon general's specifications.
c. Check that the frequency of NBC testing is conducted as specified in TB MED 577, Table 5-1.
d. If possible, move water distribution operations to a new location if NBC agents are suspected or
e. Coordinate with the preventive medicine inspector for inspection results.
9. Many supervisors would not think twice about where they would drain a 40,000-gallon storage and
distribution system. However, you need to start thinking about it because it may be a violation of one of the
many regulatory agencies that set and implement environmental regulations. Always consider the
environmental impact of a discharge of wastes, effluents, and chemicals. Potable water drained from a storage
tank is considered a "discharge" and may need to be disposed of properly. You must be aware of, and comply
with all applicable environmental regulations in effect. Before setting up operations in the United States, check
with local environmental officials to see what requirements are expected before, during, and after operations.
Many military installations may have current discharge permits for areas of operation located on the installation
which are currently used by other units. Check with the Installation Environmental Office for guidance. In
other countries, it is always necessary to check with local authorities for regulatory requirement. Each country
in which purification, storage, and distribution operations may be used will have their own guidance on disposal
of wastes, discharges, and chemicals during a training exercise, as well as the ambient water quality criteria.
Your unit must comply with the environmental standards applicable in the host country.
10. Make sure all soldiers under your supervision know and understand their responsibilities under the Army
environmental stewardship program. Apply environmental awareness to daily activities while making sound
decisions that will not harm or minimize the harm to the environment. Physical damage to the environment
should be minimized during field operations and repaired to the greatest extent possible. The potential of
environmental damage occurring at storage and distribution sites is greater due to the high volume of traffic
coming through the area. Point out that every effort should be made early to identify any equipment/vehicle
fluid leaks so that they can be cleaned up and properly disposed of as soon as possible. Emphasize that the use
of live vegetation for camouflage during training exercises should be discouraged because of its detrimental
effects on the environment. Ensure vehicles using your area of operations stick to established traffic patterns
and park in designated areas to minimize environmental damage. Once operations are completed, look for any
environmental damage that has not been previously identified and take appropriate action.
11. In the theater of operations, water is issued as far forward as the tactical situation will permit. Usually the
supported units pick up water from the water point in their own containers. During large-scale operations,
many vehicles will be coming to and going from the water point. Provisions must be made for this traffic. To
solve these problems and to equally distribute the workload, you need to set up schedules. You are responsible
for preparing and maintaining several different types of schedules. These schedules will help your operation
run smoothly and efficiently. They will also eliminate confusion and loss of time. Such schedules include but
are not limited to the following: work, maintenance, issue, and distribution.
a. The most valuable resource for your operation is the soldier. To use soldiers effectively, you must
complete a work schedule. Each water section has enough personnel assigned to operate on a continuous basis.
Prepare the work schedule so that you are operational 20 hours per day with 4 hours of downtime scheduled for
maintenance. Establish mealtimes on