f. Aircraft Maintenance Operations. Water used in aircraft maintenance is that which is required
to perform the daily maintenance operations. There is no requirement for potable water; however, fresh
water is recommended to avoid corrosion. Weekly wash down of aircraft and phased maintenance
aircraft cleaning generate the largest water consumption requirements for aircraft.
g. NBC Decontamination Operations. NBC decontamination water is that which is used in the
unit equipment. Potable water is not required for NBC decontamination operations. However, water
used in all decontamination operations must be free of NBC contaminants; water for decontamination of
personnel must meet the same standards as water for shower operations; and only fresh water should be
used for weapon systems decontamination.
h. Enemy Prisoner of War and Civilian Internee/Refugee Operations. EPW and civilian
internee/refugee water is that which is required for maintaining the general health and welfare of
detained military and/or civilian personnel while under the protection of Army forces. Water
consumption under this category includes water used for drinking, personal hygiene, field feeding,
central hygiene, shower and laundry. These factors identify non-US military water requirements that
must be considered in addition to those already discussed for theater US military forces.
i. Force Provider Operations. Water used in Force Provider operations is that which is required
for the feeding, billeting, general hygiene, and health support provided to personnel serviced by Force
Provider. Force Provider is used in a theater for brief front line soldier respite from combat, reception,
and reconstitution missions. It is also used in SASO humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. It is
recommended that only potable water be supplied to Force Provider facilities. This will eliminate the
possibility for mistaken use of nonpotable water for potable water only requirements. The most accurate
planning requires knowledge of the number and type of Force Provider sites to be deployed in a theater.
Force Provider is modularly configured to support 550; 1,100; or 3,300 personnel.
j. Redeployment Vehicle Wash-Rack Operations. Water used in wash-rack operations is that
which is required to remove dirt, debris, and microorganism contamination hazards from major end
items of equipment. Potable water is not required for vehicle wash-rack operations; however, water to
clean vehicles should be free of any contaminants. Salt water should not be used to clean vehicles and
weapon systems due to close tolerances and susceptibility of some components to corrosion.
Redeployment vehicle wash-rack operations are normally performed by unit personnel at or near
APOE/SPOE as a part of unit redeployment and/or force reconstitution during the final phases of force
projection operations, and as such generate relatively short term water requirements. Actual
requirements to support vehicle washrack operations can vary greatly based upon type and number of
units and wash-rack facilities.
k. Watercraft Maintenance Operations. Water used in watercraft maintenance operations is that
which is required to prevent vessel deterioration because of constant exposure to salt water.