Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's use of Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) equipment during Operation Desert Storm, focusing on the: (1) production capability and performance of the equipment deployed to Operation Desert Storm; (2) Army's projections of ROWPU production capability during the operation; and (3) status of the Army's program to buy 3,000-gallon-per-hour (gph) ROWPU equipment.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Army||1. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Army to use the material condition status reporting system in Army Regulation 700-138 during future deployments of ROWPU equipment to collect and analyze actual production and performance data. Such a system should facilitate the rapid identification and resolution of potential performance, production, or spare parts availability problems relative to this critical soldier support equipment.|
|Department of the Army||2. The Secretary of the Army should, if a waiver of the ROWPU nuclear, biological, chemical decontamination requirement is granted, develop a plan of action that compensates for the equipment's inability to satisfy that requirement.|