From July 26 until yesterday, seven tanks of the Slovenian army continuously transported water from the catchment of the Unica river to Vodarna Rižana. At the end of the campaign, the Slovenian army published data that show how big an undertaking it really was.
The biggest challenge was caused by the 24-hour loading of the tanks, which showed the necessity of investing in the equipment of the Slovenian Army and its maintenance.
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7 tanks with a capacity of between 7,000 and 10,000 liters transported as much as 13,842 cubic meters or 13.8 million liters of water in continuous circulation in order to avoid reductions in Istria. At the same time, the tankers and other vehicles that participated in providing this essential life commodity traveled as much as 171,500 kilometers and consumed an incredible 75,732 liters of fuel.
Approximately 25 members of the entire Slovenian Army participated in the water transport 24 hours a day and seven days a week under the leadership of the coordinator, more than 650 of them were engaged. The teams usually changed every 5 days. The transports were organized at different intervals of 6 hours, 8 hours or 12 hours, depending on the personnel capacity and the operation of the tanks. In doing so, all vehicles had to undergo a mandatory weekly inspection, some even a regular annual service.
Three hours for 50 kilometers
The Slovenian army provided accommodation for both its members and colleagues of the Civil Defense in the premises of the Andrej Čehovin barracks in Postojna. It offered 777 overnight stays and 3,320 meals.
As announced by the Slovenian Army, the efficiency of transporting water between Unica and Vodarna Rižana was hampered by traffic jams, as a result of which transport could take up to three hours in one direction, which is once again longer than usual, which is why it joined the campaign also the Police, who escorted the tankers.
Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.
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