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Wing leadership visits Fairchild’s water reservoir

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  • By By Airman 1st Class Nicolo J. Daniello
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Col. Brian McDaniel, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Ross Gleason, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron commander, among others, toured Fairchild’s drinking water system here June 7, 2016.

“We operate and maintain the water systems in accordance with Washington state, Federal and Environmental Protection Agency laws,” said Joseph Duricic, 92nd CES foreman of water and fuels system maintenance. “We are self-sufficient with supplying water to the base consumers.”

Fairchild’s water system supplies water to all base personnel to include the military members and base housing facilities.

“The 92nd CES Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Shop provides daily maintenance and emergency coverage to the base water system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Simmons, 92nd CES NCO in charge of water and fuels systems maintenance.

The water and fuels systems maintenance shop also perform testing and maintenance to the base wastewater collection system, all building fire suppression systems, the maintenance and operation of the base pools, and inspects and maintains storage of the tanks and pumps for the 4.9 million gallon fuel system.

“CES does a lot of those ‘behind the scenes’ things to keep Fairchild running, and water is one of those critical ones,” said Gleason. “Water is essential to life and without it we cannot continue to fuel our mission or our Airmen.”

People are reminded that water is a valuable resource and should be conserved. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid wasting water:

1. A full bath can take about 70 gallons of water to fill, while a five minute shower uses just 10 to 25 gallons. By shortening a shower by around five minutes, a possible 15 gallons of water will be saved.
2. Investing in a high-efficiency toilet can save up to 25 gallons of water per day.
3. Fixing leaky faucets can also aid in preventing wasting water. One drip of water per second can lead to more than 2,000 gallons of water per year.
4. Turning off the faucet while shaving and brushing your teeth saves up to two gallons per minute.