The United States Army is concerned that its installations face multiple resource issues, including water security. Critical water issues include supply, cost, and quality. Strategies are needed to mitigate any adverse affects. To develop these strategies, information was gathered from national watershed screenings and regional water budgets, including supply and demand data from regions containing Army installations. The information was then used to develop installation water-demand projections that look beyond the boundaries of an installation and out 30 years into the future to identify the potential for water scarcity. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Bliss, Texas–New Mexico, were used as specific examples to illustrate the critical role that water plays in the future of Army installations. Fort Bragg is not likely to have water availability issues out to 2030, because it will be accessing municipal water supplies. Fort Bliss will likely face water availability issues because the aquifer from which it draws its potable water is being used by more and more other parties.
Environmental Practice 12:366–376 (2010)