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UNCLASSIFIED 3100 MCRDAC/ SSE 23 Jul 91 POINT PAPER Subj: SECDEF POSTWAR BRIEFING ON DESERT STORM EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE - WATER PURIFICATION, STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION 1. As the Executive Agency~f or the DOD Water Res6urces Management Action Group, the U.S. Army has been tasked to provide from that perspective, the postwar brief ing on Desert Storm water support. 2. During the first phase of Operation Desert Shield, the Marine Corps committed from Maritime Pre-Positioned Ships, (MPS) the necessary water support assets required for forces ashore. Planned phase-in of additional capabilities by the U. S. Army, allowed them to assume overall theater support responsibilities. EQUIPMENT - USMO and Army units used same Reverse Osmosis Water Purification units (ROWPUs). - Army brought in special high capacity ROWPUs for theater support mission. - ROWPUs produced water from saltwater/brackish water sources. TRAINING - Bulk of Army water support equipment/personnel resident in reserve forces - required in-theater/inobilization training. - USMC equipment/personnel organic to active units - required no additional training. OPERATION - USMC provided initial water support from MPS assets. Army provided overall theater support once deployed to SWA. - Ar'ny/USMC water points available to all in-theater forces - Army provided bulk line-haul distribution to US forces. - Limited use of hoseline distribution due to tactical dispersion of units. - Water stored on MPS retained as contingency stock. SUNMARY - SWA water support operation~s were highly successful. - Army and USMC water production/distribution equipment and doctrine validated. - Improvements in some items of equipment being addressed. - DOD water planning factors were validated. - No occurrences of waterborne diseases reported.
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