Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Exposing Troops to Hazardous Water Conditions

In April 2006, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on allegations that Halliburton and its former subsidiary, KBR, knowingly exposed thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq to hazardous levels of unhealthy non-drinking water from the Euphrates River. This water was mainly used by the troops to shower, wash their hands and faces, brush their teeth, wash their clothes, and sometimes to make coffee. The allegations were made by current and former Halliburton/KBR water quality maintenance employees who claimed they alerted the company, but it took no action. The matter was referred to the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, which, in March 2008, released a report that found U.S. soldiers at Camp Q-West, located about 180 miles north of Baghdad, were provided with treated but untested wastewater for nearly two years by KBR and may have suffered health problems as a result. The report also found that at several other bases, both KBR and the military failed to perform required water-quality checks, thereby exposing troops to potentially unsafe water for washing, bathing, shaving and cleaning. KBR provides water to U.S. bases in Iraq under its LOGCAP contract.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Defense – General
Contracting Party
Defense - Army
Court Type
Investigative Finding
Date of IG Report
Contractors Involved Penalty
KBR $0
Further Information Released
DOD Inspector General Report 4/19/2008
Senate Committee Transcript 8/29/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database