News Icon

News: Guard Members Provide Clean Water for Storm-stricken Arkansas Town

Story by Lt. Col. Keith MooreSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Guard Members Provide Clean Water for Storm-stricken Arkansas Town Lt. Col. Keith Moore

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Sutton, a utilities systems management specialist with the Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Civil Engineering Squadron, connects a supply hose to a water purification unit in Dierks, Ark., April 14. The community's only water treatment facility was heavily damaged by a tornado.

DIERKS, Ark. - A team of five Arkansas Air National Guard Airmen from the 188th Civil Engineering Squadron restored clean water yesterday to this small southwestern Arkansas community following an, April 9, tornado that destroyed the town's water treatment plant.

Two reverse-osmosis water purification units were used to filter water from any surface source for use as drinking water. The systems can move about 1,200 gallons per hour to support the daily needs of the community's 1,230 residents.

"On a normal day [before the storm], our system would provide 350 gallons per minute," said Jeremy Stone, the Dierks city engineer. "The Guard's system doesn't move water at that rate, but we have been using only bottled water since the storm, so this will at least restore normal flow and pressure to our town."

Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts praised the professionalism and efficiency of the Guardsmen. "They got here and set right to work," he said. "They said it would be several hours to get set up and start filtering water, but they got water moving and tested in just under one hour. The city of Dierks is just glad the Arkansas Air Guard has this capability to support our residents."

Stone said the tornado destroyed the second-floor control center of the town's water treatment facility, removing its chlorination system and leaving it without electricity to power the pumps, which bring water to nearby Lake Dierks.

Air Force Master Sgt. Kevin Rice, a utilities systems management specialist with the 188th CES, said the team practices using the reverse-osmosis system to support its regional training site at its Fort Smith, Ark., base, but this is the first time the units had been deployed to support a civilian community.

"We've utilized these units overseas, and we use them in practice to support our 'bare base' training at home station, but this really makes us feel good when we can utilize the equipment to support a local community," Rice said.

Mounts said the city is requesting aid from state and federal agencies to help get the main plant back on line as quickly as possible, but had no idea how long the Guard may be needed to support the town with clean water.


Connected Media
ImagesGuard Members Provide...
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Sutton, a utilities systems...


Web Views
194
Downloads
192

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Guard Members Provide Clean Water for Storm-stricken Arkansas Town, by Lt. Col. Keith Moore, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.15.2009

Date Posted:04.15.2009 14:16

Location:DIERKS, USGlobe

More Like This

  • More than 300 Arkansas National Guard soldiers and airmen have fanned out across eastern Arkansas to provide support to civil authorities in the wake of widespread flooding.
  • The Arkansas National Guard continues to respond to requests for support in several counties throughout flood affected areas of the state. More than 300 soldiers and airmen are currently providing security, traffic management and evacuation operation support.
  • Sgt. Matthew Howard, Clarksville, Ark., bears many titles: noncommissioned officer, veteran, cannon crewmember, husband, father and deacon at his local church. When he came to Fort Benning, Ga., July 30, to compete in the Army National Guard’s Best Warrior competition, the Arkansas native had aspirations to add one more title to his resumé: NCO of the year.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District, Vicksburg District and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 supported Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe’s proclamation today declaring May 18 through 24 to be Safe Boating Week in Arkansas. This coincides with the National Safe Boating Week Campaign.

News Tags

No tags found.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr