(5) Pollute or contaminate the waters of any bathing beach, shellfish
breeding ground, stream used for public or domestic water supply, or recreational area.
Give rise to a nuisance due to odor or unsightly appearance.
b. To reach these objectives, those responsible for wastewater disposal must
collect the wastewater and change it from a smelly, infectious, unsightly waste into
some kind of harmless, inoffensive substance. This involves passing the wastewater
through a wastewater treatment device, works, or plant. Responsibilities and means for
wastewater treatment and disposal are discussed in the remainder of this text.
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WASTEWATER DISPOSAL AT MILITARY
a. The Department of the Army. The Department of the Army (DA) is
responsible for the health of Army personnel wherever they may be.
b. The Corps of Engineers. The Corps of Engineers (COE) is responsible for
the construction, operation, and maintenance of all wastewater treatment facilities on
Army installations. Actual construction of the wastewater facilities is usually carried out
by civilian consulting and construction engineering firms under the direct supervision of
the COE. The operation and maintenance personnel are also civilians, who are trained
and experienced technicians and engineers. They work under the direct supervision of
the installation engineer officer.
c. The Army Medical Department.
(1) Consult and advise. The Army Medical Department (AMEDD) acts in a
consulting and advisory capacity in the design, construction, operation, and
maintenance of wastewater facilities.
(2) Survey, inspect, regulate, and report. The AMEDD must at all times
know that wastewater is properly collected, adequately treated, and promptly removed,
and finally disposed of in such a manner as to create no nuisance conditions or health
hazards either to military or civilian personnel. This requires:
(a) Regular and frequent sanitary surveys and inspections of
wastewater systems and wastewater treatment plant operations.
(b) Checking the training, experience, and efficiency of operation,
maintenance, and laboratory personnel.
(c) Performing sufficient laboratory tests to regulate treatment
processes; thus, controlling the processes.