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Water scarcity on military installations bill introduced to U.S. House

U.S. servicemembers from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, work together to clear old ordnance and munitions at Red Rio Bombing Range throughout the month of June 5, 2009. The Air Force announced Friday, June 22, 2018, that an aircraft crashed at the range (MICHAEL MEANS/U.S. AIR FORCE)

On June 2, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small cosponsored a bill to asses and report on the Department of Defense’s water scarcity evaluation practices on military installations including Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range.

The bill, known as the DoD Water Bill or H.R. 7069, was introduced by sponsor Colorado Representative Jason Crow and cosponsored be fellow Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn.

The bill addresses water scarcity on military issues nationwide including Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range.

“I’ve worked with our bases and local communities to best position Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range to tackle the present and future threats to our national security — we must also make sure they have the water they need to carry out those missions,” Torres Small said. “By requiring common, science-based water assessment practices, we can equip DoD with the data necessary to move forward with smart investments in water management and preparedness.”

More than 100 military installations across the country are at risk for not having enough water to execute missions – including Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico – according to (Government Accounting Office) and (Department of Defense) reports.”

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The bill would require Secretaries of military departments to submit a report to Congress on water scarcity evaluation practices used by the Department of Defense on analysis and determining the merits of an enterprise-wide water scarcity assessment versus the current individual service-level assessments; justifying the chosen assessment and proposed policy about water scarcity evaluations, a press release form Torres Small’s office states.

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