Lajes NCO's job saves water, money

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jimmy McGuffin
  • Detachment 6, Air Force News Agency
A Lajes Field NCO may not fly a jet or drive a tank, but carrying a pipe-wrench for the 65th Civil Engineer Squadron can be just as important.

"We're here for the main plumbing and water distribution," said Staff Sgt. Kellen Buss, who works in the utilities shop. 

"Any water that goes from the wells to your faucet, we're responsible for," he said. 

His latest project was to install a new hydrant for firefighters and contractors to use instead of tapping into the base's potable water.

"It should cut down about 25 percent of the water used on base," Sergeant Buss said. "It should benefit the overall Air Force when it comes to saving money since we aren't using as much water now."

The new hydrant will save 22,000 gallons of water used by both firefighters and contractors each month. Sergeant Buss' efforts are saving the Air Force $13,000 a month.

"I feel proud of what I do and that I can make a difference," he said.

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