|A four-member Army-level team spent three weeks at Fort
McCoy to conduct a cross connection survey in order to determine the
extent of the installation’s cross-connection program. Cross connections
exist when a potable water source is accidently connected to a
non-potable water source.
Capt. Ran Du makes notes of his
observations during the inspections of Fort McCoy’s water
Michael L. Miller, the Water and Wastewater branch chief for the Fort
McCoy Directorate of Public Works, said the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources-mandated inspections revealed no major deficiencies,
and the installation water is safe to drink, he said.
Captains Ran Du, Gregory Schaefer, Ebenezer Ogbonna, and Yaw Frimpong,
all Environmental Science and Engineering officers for the U.S. Army
Public Health Command Region-North Environmental Health Engineering
Division, conducted the survey at Fort McCoy. The organization sends
officers to various Army sites to conduct environmental work, as
The work includes visual inspections to see if potable and non-potable
water sources are separated through the use of a backflow preventer
device, Du said. This includes ensuring any necessary devices protecting
against cross-contamination concerns are functioning as well.
“We are surveying the post to identify possible hazards to the domestic
water supply,” Du said. “Fort McCoy has about 1,500 buildings. These
buildings have been easy to do because many are homogenous and have
about the same design.”
These Army officers said Fort McCoy’s Geographical Information System
section is one of the best they encountered and helped make their job
easier by providing accurate information about the buildings and water
The teams trace the water lines inside buildings to determine whether
they have proper protection against the accidental backflow of the water
and then record their observations and general data.
The team will report to Fort McCoy regarding its findings and provide
any recommendations for deficiencies.
Miller said this survey reinforced the fact the installation provides a
safe and quality drinking water supply.
Fort McCoy’s water system also is required by the Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources to conduct/document annual water source
testing/reviews to ensure it is offering safe, quality drinking water to
the meet the installation’s needs, he said.
The 2010 drinking water quality report is available online at the
website www.mccoy.army.mil. For
more information, call Miller at 608-388-6546.