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APG Pilots Water Conservation Program

The goal is 'net zero,' army officials say.

Aberdeen Proving Ground is one of several military installations nationwide participating in a pilot program to evaluate and curb water usage.

The base signed up in 2011 for the program, which runs through 2020.

According to APG News, the goal is to reduce reliance on water by 26 percent by 2015. A few years down the line, the goal for 2020 is to have reduced reliance on water by 52 percent.

Many casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan can be attributed to water shortages because there is a need for frequent convoys to deliver supplies, an Aberdeen Proving Ground spokesman told APG News.

Six military installations nationwide are participating in the pilot water conservation program, including Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to the Department of Defense. The others are Fort Riley, KS; Camp Rilea, OR; Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

According to APG News, the city of Aberdeen has contributed to the military installation's efforts to conserve water, by implementing a system that detects and repairs leaks at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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