Water Scarcity: DOD Has Not Always Followed Leading Practices to Identify at-Risk Installations, Report to the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "DOD reported in January 2019 that critical installations are at risk of water scarcity--that is, of not having sufficient water available to meet their mission needs. According to military department officials, installations depend on water for activities such as training, weapons testing, fire suppression, and sanitation. In its 2018 'Fourth National Climate Assessment,' the U.S. Global Change Research Program reported that warming temperatures will continue to cause worsening droughts and the decline of surface water quality. Senate Report 115-262 included a provision for GAO to review DOD's identified or potential effects of water scarcity. For this report, GAO evaluated the extent to which DOD has assurance that it is using reliable information to identify installations at risk of water scarcity. GAO analyzed DOD's six assessments conducted from April 2017 through January 2019 to identify installations at risk of water scarcity and compared the assessments with five leading practices for identifying and analyzing water scarcity. GAO also interviewed officials from OSD [Office of the Secretary of Defense] and the military departments and contacted a nongeneralizable sample of 17 installations identified in OSD's assessments to reflect diversity in military service, mission, and water scarcity."

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