(2) Short-term consumption. The short-term standards in Table 4 apply to units operating
for seven consecutive days or less when the commander determines that an operational condition exists
which prevents troop access to drinking water meeting long-term consumption standards. Preventive
medicine personnel should advise commanders on selection of water sources and the use of short-term
consumption standards. The commander must accept the risk of potential troop performance
degradation, increased incidence of disease, casualties from toxic substances, and reduced combat
efficiency with each day the imposition remains in effect.
Table 4. Short term field water quality standards