Conservation of post water is necessary on post, island
June 4, 2013
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii (May 31, 2013) -- Between daily use of toilets, showers, washing machines, dishwashers, and bathroom and kitchen faucets, we take the steady supply of clean freshwater for granted -- until it runs out.
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Soldiers, families and civilians are reminded that water conservation is always an installation requirement at work and home.
This fact is especially important because two of the four deep wells that feed the Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield are in need of repair and may remain inoperable throughout June.
Although demands for water increase, especially in the summer months, the natural supply that feeds USAG-HI's freshwater system does not.
The primary source of freshwater for Army installations in Hawaii is through underground aquifers fed by rain. USAG-HI maintains or partners with other organizations to maintain water systems at Aliamanu Military Reservation and Fort Shafter, Tripler Army Medical Center, Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield, and Helemano Military Reservation.
As stated in "USAG-HI-10, Environmental Policy," all U.S. Army Hawaii Soldiers, families, residents and civilians have a personal responsibility to ensure environmental conservation and sustainability for the future, through conservation, protection and preservation of natural resources.
With everyone's active efforts, USAG-HI can make huge strides to operate at a Net Zero sustainability status, which is when the consumption of freshwater resources is equal to or less than the rate of water returning to the watershed.
"Protecting our environment is one of the most important aspects of accomplishing the USAG-HI mission," said Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, USAG-HI, in policy "USAG-HI-4, Environmental Compliance and Protection Program."