Figure 2-2. Lyster bag setups. A Tree branch. B Tripod.
Lyster bags are gradually being phased out of the Army system. The
400-gallon water trailer will replace the Lyster bag as the primary means
of dispensing water to soldiers in units.)
d. Emergency Water Containers. In an emergency, cans may be cleaned and
used to hold potable water. (NOTE: Cans to hold petroleum products such as gasoline
are used only as a last resort in an extreme emergency since petroleum residue cannot
be completely removed using this cleaning process.) The newest, cleanest cans with a
bright interior should be selected and cleaned as follows.
Drain the can thoroughly for 10 to 15 minutes.
Fill the can half full of water and add one ounce of powdered detergent.
Close the can and shake it for five minutes.
Discard this wash water.
Rinse the can with water three or four times.
Fill the can to overflowing.
Discard this water.