• Energy, Water Upgrades to Ft. Polk Housing to Save $40M

    Energy, Water Upgrades to Ft. Polk Housing to Save $40M0

    An initiative led by Corvias, the Army’s housing partner at Fort Polk, La., to install geothermal heat pumps and energy and water saving devices in the post’s family housing is projected to save $1.5 million annually. The East Greenwich, R.I.-based company has finished outfitting 3,500 residences with water and energy conservation fixtures, including low-flow faucets,

  • Senate Appropriators Concerned about Installations’ Water Security0

    The Senate Appropriations Committee underscores the need for military installations to reduce water consumption by adopting conservation, reuse and recharge practices, according to the report accompanying the FY 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The services should incorporate conservation technologies into new infrastructure design and to upgrade existing infrastructure to increase its water efficiency, the committee report says. The committee encourages DOD to consider water conservation projects even if they can’t be justified on the basis of cost savings, as many technologies for increasing water efficiency do not result in competitive returns on investment …

  • DOD’s Path to Net Zero Remains Hazy, GAO Finds0

    Fully achieving net zero status at DOD installations — reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero — is unrealistic and ultimately cost prohibitive, service officials told the Government Accountability Office (GAO), according to a new report from the congressional watchdog agency. The department has not fully identified the potential costs of implementing net zero initiatives, the agency found. The only spending dedicated to net zero initiatives involved studies to establish baselines and assess the feasibility and costs of net zero at various installations. The Army reported spending $14.2 million on net zero studies from fiscal 2011-2013; the Navy reported spending about $2.6 million on studies; and the Air Force spent almost $80,000 on an implementation plan in 2012 …

  • California Bases Respond to Drought through Range of Conservation Measures0

    Air Force bases in California are carrying out a variety of measures to conserve water in the face of the state’s prolonged drought, reports the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. Initiatives implemented at Los Angeles AFB include altering the landscape to be low maintenance and less water dependent, using recycled water for irrigation and sanitation, and installing high-efficiency urinals, toilets and sinks that reduce water usage by up to 50 percent. “Through these combined water conservation efforts, the base’s average water consumption has been reduced by 45 percent compared to consumption in 2007,” said Lt. Col. Todd Inouye, commander of the 61st Civil Engineer and Logistics Squadron …

  • Milcon Panel Praises DOD’s Energy Initiatives0

    The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill. Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation …

  • Native Landscaping, Drip Irrigation Slashes Water Use at Laughlin AFB0

    With this month’s completion of the first phase of a water conservation project at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, the installation is one step closer to saving more than 61 million gallons of water per year and an estimated $500,000 in annual utility and maintenance costs. The project employs xeriscaping, the process of removing conventional landscaping and replacing it with native, drought-tolerant plants and rock features, and a centrally controlled drip line irrigation system. The approach has been carried out at a number of other Air Force installations, reported AFCEC Public Affairs. Prior to the project, Laughlin consumed an average of 216 million gallons of potable water each year, much of it through conventional manual irrigation of base landscaping …