Visitors to the upcoming 2012 Joint Service Open House and Air Show on May 18 - 20 will be able to quench their thirst at water buffalos placed strategically throughout the airfield.
A water buffalo is a 400-gallon steel tank that sits on a trailer and contains potable drinking water obtained from the Andrews drinking water system. All water buffalos are tested and certified for consumption by the base's Bioenvironmental Engineering office. This year, 26 water buffalos have been obtained to help ensure visitors have ready access to drinking water.
To better accommodate JSOH visitors, these water buffalos have been modified to include a rack that contains drinking water cups. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own containers if they would like to obtain water as well.
Last year, many visitors became overheated during the open house not realizing that drinking water was readily available in the surrounding water buffaloes. The 79th Medical Wing encourages visitors to use this water source to stay hydrated and healthy and to help them enjoy the JSOH.