Tuesday, August 12, 2003


The myth of water rationing is repeated in the story below. And it simply isn't the whole story.

Yes, there are limits to the number of bottles of this water that soldiers can have daily.

But, as CPT Patti told me last week, there is unlimited water available from the "water dogs" who operate the ROWPU (On-site water purification) systems. The five water dogs attached to CPT Patti's company had purified and distributed over a million gallons of water to the troops by the 1st of August.

CPT Patti told me that the ROWPU water has a slight chlorine taste...but is often better than the mineral-heavy bottled water they get that comes from various points in the mid-east. According to CPT Patti, some of that bottled water tastes "like dirt".

Add a dash of Gatorade, or Kool-Aid or Crystal-light powder, and the chlorine taste is gone.

Don't believe the troops are suffering heat casualties due to water rationing. But you may believe that some troops criticize anything that the Army gives them so much they won't even try it...hence the resistance to ROWPU water.

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