EVALUATION OF U. S. ARMY FIELD WATER SUPPLY EQUIPMENT AND OPERATIONS
ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA
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An investigation was conducted under Project 6.8, Operation JANGLE to determine the resistance of coated fabric water tanks to the blast and thermal effect of an atomic burst on the surface of the ground, to evaluate a standard U. S. Army water purification unit for removing radioactive contamination from water and to determine if field water supplies may become contaminated following a surface or underground burst. U. S. Army 3000 gallon GRS coated nylon fabric water tanks filled with water were undamaged at a distance of 500 yards from ground zero for a 1.2 KT atomic ground surface burst. Thus these tanks withstood overpressure as high as 5 psi and thermal flux of 20 calsq cm. U. S. Army Water Purification Equipment, Diatomite Pack Man, 15 GPM, Set No. 2, was found capable of removing 84.5 per cent of the activity of a field water supply deliberately contaminated to greater than seven times the safe drinking tolerance. A field water supply may become contaminated to a significant degree as a result of fall-out of radioactive material following a surface or underground atomic burst if in a down-wind position from the burst.
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