• Arizona Water Bill Could Threaten Ft. Huachuca, Conservation Advocates Say

    Arizona Water Bill Could Threaten Ft. Huachuca, Conservation Advocates Say0

    Legislation passed by the Arizona Legislature allowing certain cities to opt out of state groundwater management rules and approve large-scale development possibly could endanger the future of Fort Huachuca, environmental groups say. SB 1268 would allow Sierra Vista to exempt itself from a Cochise County rule requiring proof of an adequate water supply before approving development. At play in Sierra Vista is a proposed 7,000-home development that activists say could threaten the San Pedro River and the post in southeastern Arizona …

  • State Grant to Boost Drinking Water Supply for Ft. Bliss

    State Grant to Boost Drinking Water Supply for Ft. Bliss0

    A $2 million grant awarded Thursday to El Paso by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission will help increase the city’s water supply in an effort to support neighboring Fort Bliss. The grant will partially fund El Paso’s partnership with Enviro Water Minerals Co. to convert waste generated from the desalination process at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant into drinkable water. “Adequate, reliable sources of water are critical for ensuring Fort Bliss remains one of the largest physical military installations in the country,” said state Sen. José Rodríguez …

  • State Outlines Plan to Provide Alternate Water Source for Mountain Home AFB0

    A state plan to deliver water from the Snake River to Mountain Home Air Force Base would ensure the installation in southwestern Idaho has a sustainable water supply in the event the aquifer it currently relies on dries up. Groundwater supplies in the Mountain Home area already are running low. “The risk that we face is that if the base doesn’t have a reliable water supply into the future, then it may risk the viability of retaining the base in the state of Idaho,” said Cynthia Bridge Clark, a water manager with the Idaho Department of Water Resources …

  • Air Force Signs Deal to Privatize Water, Wastewater Systems at Vandenberg AFB0

    A $299 million, 50-year contract the Air Force has signed to privatize water distribution and wastewater collection at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., is expected to save about 1.1 billion gallons of water over the contract’s lifespan. In the first three years of the contract, American Water Operations and Maintenance, a private utility company based in Voorhees, N.J., plans to invest about $11 million in Vandenberg’s water systems. “Maintaining utility systems is no longer a core competency of the Air Force,” said Rick Weston, head of the AFCEC Utilities Privatization program management office. “Private industry does it day in and day out, so they can normally do it cheaper than we can …

  • Water Project Expected to Sustain San Antonio Bases into the Future0

    San Antonio leaders believe a new agreement with the local water authority to build 4 miles of pipeline will ensure the area’s military installations have sufficient water supplies over the coming decades. The most significant piece of the $11 million project calls for the construction of a 1,700-foot-long pipeline to Camp Bullis, making the San Antonio Water System the primary water source for the facility used to train military medics, reported the San Antonio Express-News. The aquifer Camp Bullis now relies on is susceptible to drought …

  • China Lake Community Needs to Address Water Shortfall, McGinn Says0

    Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is a valuable asset for the Navy that likely wouldn’t be threatened by a prospective BRAC round, the Navy’s top installations official told the China Lake Alliance during a luncheon last week. At the same time, the aquifer that China Lake relies on is in overdraft, jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of the installation located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, said Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. “Even if there were not China Lake and the Naval Air Warfare Center here, this would be an unsustainable situation …