Just as water is essential for life, water is also essential for Fort Bragg. In fact, the post consumes an average of 1.4 billion gallons of water at a cost of $2.3 million annually. However, water is a precious and finite resource. Although the Fayetteville Public Works Commission and the Harnett County Department of Public Utilities supply municipal water, the Fort Bragg Directorate of Public Works strives to ensure the efficient use and quality of water through various measures including water conservation, low impact development practices, water efficient facilities and controlled watering points.
WATER CONSERVATION …
Fort Bragg maintains an installation-wide, year-round water conservation policy. The policy is unique in outlining the distinct phases of water conservation – from the least restrictive practices during non-drought conditions to the most stringent practices when potable water use is significantly restricted. The policy also identifies water related activities across commands,directorates and tenants as well as the steps to which those activities will conform to meet the various levels of conservation. Soldiers, Civilians and Families are all responsible for decreased consumption. The goal is a two percent reduction in potable water use every year or a 26 percent reduction in water use by 2020, based on 2007 standards.
An assertive public education and awareness drive supports the policy.
HOW CAN YOU SAVE WATER?
- Shorten your shower.
- Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth and shave.
- Turn off the faucet while you wash your car.
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high usage, which may indicate a leak.
- Repair or report leaks promptly to save thousands of gallons of water each month. If you live in the barracks or work in a Fort Bragg office, call 396.0321 to place a service order with DPW. If you live in Corvias housing, contact your neighborhood center.
- If possible, install water efficient devices and appliances such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads.
- Choose appliances that are cooled by air rather than water. Look for the EPA WaterSense label.
- Adhere to the Fort Bragg Water Conservation Policy. If your building number ends with an odd numeral, water only on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. If your building number ends with an even numeral, water only only on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.
- Irrigate for a maximum of 40 minutes between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- If possible, collect storm water in containers and use it to irrigate plants.
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean hardscapes.
- Use native plants in landscaping. Native plants are more drought-tolerant and require less water.
- Use mulch around plants to retain soil moisture.
For more ideas, visit Water: Use It Wisely
LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT …
Low impact development is the preferred method of storm water management on Fort Bragg. LID is a viable means for the installation to achieve sustainability goals as well as Army standards for facilities and infrastructure. Designed to mimic the natural water management of a site prior to development, LID includes storm water detention basins with native vegetation, rain barrels, rain gardens, infiltration channels, cisterns and permeable pavers. These practices retain storm water on site and allow for infiltration to replenish aquifers. In addition, LID methods reduce flooding and the need for expensive infrastructure improvements or utility maintenance costs such as curbs, gutters and storm sewers.
Furthermore, LID protects drinking water supplies, natural habitats and wildlife.
WATER EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES …
Water efficient technologies are incorporated into the design and construction of various facilities on Fort Bragg. Devices such as low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators and dual-flush toilets are designed to produce a comfortable yet effective flow rate. Yet, they require less water. In structures with storm water harvesting technology, rain is collected in cisterns and diverted for purposes such as landscape irrigation and toilet flushing. Recycling storm water can dramatically reduce the consumption of potable water, and the practice can reduce the energy use and carbon dioxide emissions associated with treating water.
To translate water conservation into practical terms, consider a barracks complex on Fort Bragg. A typical barracks structure houses 300 Soldiers. Since two Soldiers share each shower facility, one barracks has an average of 150 shower heads. Whereas traditional shower heads consume 6.5 gallons of water every minute, water efficient shower heads consume only 2.5 gallons of water every minute. If every resident showered for five minutes each day with a traditional shower head, one barracks structure would consume at least 4,875 gallons of water daily. However, if every resident showered for five minutes each day with a water efficient shower head, one barracks structure would consume only 1,875 gallons of water daily – a savings of 3,000 gallons per barracks or approximately ten gallons each day for each Soldier housed in that facility.
WATER POINTS …
To ensure the responsible use of installation water resources in field applications, Fort Bragg established separate water points for potable water and non-potable water. The potable water point is controlled by an electronic key card system. Key card access to the potable water point prevents unauthorized use and protects the water distribution system on the installation. To provide water for activities such as dust suppression and sod establishment, a non-potable water point was established at McFayden Pond. During duty hours, the non-potable water point is open. After duty hours, call Service Orders at 396.0321 for access.