Energy enables Army operations at installations across the world. However, as constraints and threats to the energy supply grow in scope and complexity, supplying energy to support Installations’ missions has become increasingly dynamic and challenging. As stated in the National Defense Strategy, the homeland is no longer a sanctuary. Access to a reliable supply of energy and water will be challenged at every opportunity, across multiple domains, by multiple actors, simultaneously.
The Army is prioritizing energy and water resilience at installations. Changes to the nature of warfare mean the Army must be prepared to fight to perform basic functions at its installations in order to generate readiness and project power. A service outage of several hours in the right place at the wrong time can be devastating. The Army’s Installation Energy Program aims to maintain a 14-day supply of water and energy to support the execution of critical missions at Army installations. We are working to implement culture change, improve energy efficiency, and develop large and small-scale energy projects across our portfolio.
Water rights, water security and the value of water are all topics being addressed through DASA E&S. Water is a critical resource that will continue to be stressed as population grows and climate change alters the distribution and availability of water supplies. In order to protect the water sources essential to its installations, DASA E&S is supporting multiple efforts to ensure the sustainable use of water. This includes studies on water markets and various methods for quantifying the value of water. DASA E&S has successfully incorporated water concerns into the Army Campaign Plan. Recent assessments examined the role of water in the supply chain, raising awareness that water sustainability reaches far beyond the borders of installations. DASA E&S has also developed and updated policy on water rights at installations. This policy seeks to ensure water rights are investigated and any risks to these rights addressed in a proactive fashion.
World Water Day 2019
On behalf of Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment) Alex. A. Beehler: On 22 March 2019, we will celebrate World Water Day. Army readiness and lethality is dependent on access to the water resources we need to operate today and preserve our operating flexibility in the future. This year’s World Water Day theme of ‘leaving no one behind’ also reminds us to consider the vital role access to clean and reliable sources of water plays to our Army, Soldiers, Civilians, Families and their communities.
This day provides an opportunity to recognize the great efforts made by Army installations across the United States to support and protect Army missions through responsible management of water resources. The Army manages water resources and infrastructure to support readiness by:
(1) Executing water infrastructure projects. The Army is improving the reliability and resilience of installation water systems to minimize potential disruptions.
(2) Securing alternative water sources. Rainwater harvesting systems and reuse of treated wastewater enhance resilience by providing alternative sources of non-potable water used for industrial, landscaping, and agricultural (ILA) purposes. In FY18, Army reduced ILA water consumption by 58.9% from the FY10 baseline.
(3) Reducing demand. The most cost-effective way to increase water resilience is to use less water. In FY18, the Army reduced potable water use, measured by water use intensity (gallons per square foot), by 34.6% from the FY07 baseline.
Guided by Congressional, Department of Defense, and Army resilience goals, the Army continues to exceed expectations for potable water use, industrial, landscaping, and agriculture water reduction.
Please help me celebrate our achievement to date and continue our focus on water resilience by displaying our World Water Day 2019 poster attached. Our Army of tomorrow will appreciate the efforts we take today to recognize water’s direct link to readiness.