Great Falls, Malmstrom AFB Consider Water Testing Collaboration

Leaders from Great Falls, Mont., and neighboring Malmstrom AFB met this week to discuss shared services partnerships that could improve efficiency for both entities, including joint water testing.

The meeting was a follow-up to an initial discussion in March that was held as part of the Air Force Community Partnership Program. Malmstrom is at the end of the city’s water supply line, but the two are operated as separate systems, reported the Great Falls Tribune.

The two groups have identified redundant steps that could be eliminated, and now are crafting an agreement to combine the systems so they could be treated as a joint entity under state and federal regulations. They also will need to determine how to allocate water testing functions between the base and Great Falls.

City and Air Force officials are exploring the feasibility of developing intergovernmental support agreements for other functions as well, including a training co-op, parks and recreation, enhanced radio communications and public works.

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