Grant Sarver July 14, 2020

A fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard continues into its third day. The blaze has an unknown origin, and more than 400 sailors and federal firefighters are battling it. They’re pouring water from the pier, tugboats, and from helicopters in an effort to maintain the flames. The government’s use and control of water is extensive. They build dams, regulate its quality, and distribute it as a utility. As such, contracts relating to water are plentiful.

Hot Springs, Arkansas, is requesting bids for proposals for water tank mixing systems. Water in water tanks must be mixed so that it doesn’t get “old” and to ensure that chemicals, such as chlorine, are evenly distributed throughout the water. According to the advertisement for bids, “The Project generally consists of installing tank mixing systems in 8 potable water storage tanks,” in the city. Bids for this opportunity are due July 20 by 2pm local time. 


The Kansas Corporation Commission needs to dig wells to test for water contamination. The Running Turkey Creek site borders an oil field, and the state needs to test groundwater for contamination levels. The KCC plans to dig up to 10 wells that are 695 feet deep. Bids for this opportunity are due July 28 by 2pm local time.

Water is not only vital to life, it is vital to our societal structure. Absolutely everyone depends on having access to clean, drinkable water. Water is also necessary for irrigation of crops, sewage, and for putting out fires like the one on the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.