(3) Long-term consumption. The long-term standards in Table 5 apply to all situations of
more than seven days where treated water is produced by water purification units.
Table 5. Long Term Field Water Quality
(4) Certification. Preventive medicine personnel will certify treated water as potable water
for consumption after conducting microbiological and chemical analyses of the treated water in support
of an assessment of potential health threats. The issue of water to using units should not be delayed
while chemical or microbiological analyses are completed. However, the preventive medicine section
should ensure that all analyses and determination of potential risks are completed in a timely manner.
(5) Bottled Water. Bottled water is sealed in bottles, packages, or other container by a
commercial (non-military) source for human consumption, including bottled mineral water. There are
recognized occasions where package or bottled water may be used until tactical water purification,
storage, or distribution assets become available to the commander and are established. Once available
and established, commanders should maximize their tactical water equipment usage to sustain the force.
Bottled water in support of DOD personnel and operations will be obtained from military-approved
sources. Table 6 lists the water quality standards applicable to bottled water.