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Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas
February 28 to April 19, 1993

Appendix I. Intelligence on Davidians, water supply

WACMUR

AS OF 4/17/93

INTELLIGENCE ON WATER SUPPLY

4/117/93   LOUIS ANTHONY ALANIZ, LEFT COMPOUND 4/17/93,ADVISED HE WAS ALLOWED 2 - EIGHT (8) OUNCE CUPS OF WATER EACH DAY AND RECEIVED THREE MEALS/DAY - TRAIL MIX AND MREs.
4/15/93   NIGHTSTALKER INFORMED HRT-TOC THAT THEY OBSERVED THAT THE REAR WATER TANK NOW APPEARS TO BE FULL. THIS OBSERVATION OCCURRED BETWEEN 3:00 A.M. AND 7:00 A.M. ON 4/15/93. THIS DETERMINATION WAS BASED ON THE THERMAL IMAGE OF THE WARM WATER IN THE TANK.
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4/15/93   HARLAN WILLIAMS, PROPRIETOR OF RHEMER PUMP COMPANY ADVISED THAT ORIGINAL WELL SYSTEM DRILLED BY J.L. MEYERS OF DALLAS, TEXAS. WELL IS APPROXIMATELY 2,700 FEET DEEP AND RANGES IN PIPE DIAMETER FROM 3" TO 4" BEING DEEPEST PART OF THE WELL. WELL IS AN ARTESIAN WELL WHICH GOES DOWN TO THE TRINITY WATER TABLE AND PRODUCES HOT WATER. WILLIAMS WAS TOLD DAVIDIANS HAD PURCHASED SEVERAL POLYETHYLENE TANKS WHICH WERE OVER 1,000 GALLONS WHICH WERE USED FOR THE STORAGE OF WATER. IF THE TANKS WERE PLACED UP TO A 5' TO 8' LEVEL, NORMAL GRAVITY WOULD PUSH THE WATER INTO THE HOUSE AT FIVE POUNDS OF PRESSURE.
4/14/93   SNIPERS OBSERVE THE COLLECTION OF AT LEAST TWENTY BUCKETS OF RAINWATER AND THAT WATER BEING TAKEN INSIDE OF COMPOUND (Similar activity is observed during every rainfall).
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4/12/93   NIGHT STALKER VIDEOTAPE INDICATED THAT HOLDING TANK CLOSEST TO BUILDING IS STILL APPROXIMATELY HALF FULL OF WATER. THIS TANK CANNOT BE RENDERED INOPERABLE WITHOUT PENETRATING COMPOUND.
4/06/93   MIKE SNOWDEN, REGIONAL MANAGER OF WYLIE SPRAYERS, ADVISED THAT WOODROW W. KENDRICK, REPRESENTING MT. CARMEL, BOUGHT ONE 1450 GALLON POLYETHYLENE WATER TANK ON 11/18/91 AND SIX 1500 GALLON POLYETHYLENE WATER TANKS FROM HIS COMPANY ON 3/13/92.
4/02/93   NIGHTSTALKER REPORTED THAT ON THE NIGHT OF 3/31/93 HOLDING TANK ON THE GREEN SIDE APPEARED TO BE HALF FULL.
3/24/93   INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM KORESH'S MOTHER-IN-LAW, MILDRED JONES, THAT HE USED TO BRING A WATER TRUCK TO HER TRAILER HOME ON A REGULAR BASIS AND FILL IT WITH WATER FOR THE COMPOUND BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE RUNNING WATER IN THE COMPOUND. HE HAS NOT BEEN AT HER TRAILER IN SEVERAL WEEKS.
3/23/93   INTERVIEW OF OFELIA SANTOYO UPON EXITING THE COMPOUND REVEALED THEY WERE LIMITED TO ONE MEAL AND ONE GLASS OF WATER PER DAY. THEY ARE EATING CANNED FOODS AND MRE'S WATER IS KEPT IN BUCKETS.
3/22/93   INTERVIEW OF SHEILA JUDITH MARTIN UPON EXITING THE COMPOUND REVEALED FOOD AND WATER WERE PLENTIFUL. THERE WERE MANY MRE'S AND THEY WERE EATING CHICKEN AND FISH.
3/22/93   INTERVIEW OF RITA FAY RIDDLE UPON EXITING THE COMPOUND REVEALED FOOD AND WATER WERE PLENTIFUL. THEY HAVE BEEN RECEIVING HOT MRE'S, BUT SHE DID NOT KNOW HOW THEY WERE BEING WARMED. THEY WERE COLLECTING RAINWATER FOR WASHING.
3/22/93   INTERVIEW OF JAMES LAUTER, ON 3/21/93, BY TEXAS RANGERS REVEALED RESIDENTS HAD STORED FIFTEEN 5 GALLONS BUCKETS AND THREE 50 GAL DRUMS OF WATER. EACH RESIDENT GETS ONE LADLE A DAY. RAINWATER IS COLLECTED FOR BATHS.
3/21/93   DR. MICHAEL ADDAS, WACO CARDIOLOGIST AND DOCTOR FOR VICTORINE HOLLINGSWORTH, STATED THAT BASED ON HIS EXAMINATION OF HOLLINGSWORTH THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF DEHYDRATION.
3/21/93   GLADYS PAULINE OTTMAN, AFTER RELEASE FROM COMPOUND, STATED THERE WAS NO ELECTRICITY OR GAS, BUT THERE WAS FOOD AND WATER. SHE DRANK LARGE QUANTITY OF WATER AND APPLE JUICE DURING THE INTERVIEW.
3/20/93   AN ANALYSIS OF AVAILABLE INFORMATION ON WATER IN THE COMPONND INDICATES MOST PROBABLY A LIMITED SUPPLY TO BEGIN WITH AND RESERVES ARE VERY LOW. REPLENISHING THE SUPPLY SEEMS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH TECHNIQUES SUCH AS CAPTURING RAINWATER.
3/19/93   KEVIN WHITECLIFF, AFTER RELEASE FROM COMPOUND, ADVISED HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A COKE BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WATER AT THE COMPOUND ON THE EVENING OF 3/18 (NFI). ADVISED THERE WAS PLENTY OF WATER, DID NOT KNOW THE SOURCE OF THE WATER, BUT KEPT HIS JUG OF WATER REPLENISHED WITH ANOTHER JUG OF WATER.
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3/15/93   INTERVIEW OF MARK SPOON, MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR OF THE RANCH DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE COMPOUND REVEALED WATER IS SUPPLIED BY A WELL WHICH FEEDS STORAGE TANKS. BUT SPOON LEARNED THEY WERE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH WORMS IN THE STORAGE TANKS. WATER IS DISPENSED FROM ONE SPIGOT LOCATED IN THE KITCHEN.
3/13/93   OLIVER GYARFUS UPON HIS RELEASE, STATED THERE IS PLENTY OF WATER AND FOOD.
3/10/93   CONFIDENTIAL SOURCE ADVISES OCCUPANTS OF THE COMPOUND HAVE PURCHASED FROM SAMS WHOLESALE IN WACO, TEXAS, LARGE QUANTITIES OF BOTTLED WATER.
3/08/93   INTERVIEW OF WILLIAM M. COX REVEALED THAT COX IS MARRIED TO DAUGHTER OF EX-CULT LEADER, BEN RODEN. COMPOUND OBTAINS ITS WATER FROM AN ARTESIAN WELL LOCATED IN A PUMP HOUSE NEAR THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE MAIN BUILDING. THE WATER IS BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE BY SUBMERSIBLE PUMP, WHICH PUMPS THE WATER INTO A LARGE COOLING TANK, IMMEDIATELY WEST OF THE PUMP HOUSE. THE WATER FROM THE WELL COMES OUT OF THE GROUND IN EXCESS OF HUNDRED DEGREES.
3/07/93   MATT PANTER, INSTALLER OF SATELLITE DISH ON THE COMPOUND, STATES WATER IS DELIVERED BY TRUCK AND HELD IN LARGE PLASTIC CISTERNS THAT WORK BY GRAVITY. HOSES MIGHT RUN INTO THE HOUSE, BUT PANTER THINKS WATER IS COLLECTED IN SMALLER BUCKETS FROM OUTSIDE.
3/05/93   WALTER DULOCK, MANAGER OP AREA WATER SUPPLY, ADVISED COMPOUND HAS ITS OWN WATER SUPPLY APART FROM OTHER RESIDENCES. THE COMPOUND IS NOT CURRENTLY HOOKED TO THE TOWN'S WATER SYSTEM. UNLESS THE PUMP IS SHUT DOWN THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE WATER SUPPLY.
3/05/93   MCLENNAN COUNTY SO ADVISES THERE IS A LIMITED WATER SUPPLY ON THE COMPOUND. THEY HAVE A WELL, BUT IT IS NOT BELIEVED TO BE OPERATIVE. IN THE RECENT PAST WATER HAS BEEN TRUCKED IN ON A REGULAR BASIS FROM BEAVER LAKE.
3/05/93   BELLMEAD POSTAL CARRIER BELIEVES THE WATER SOURCE FOR THE COMPOUND MAY BE BEAR LAKE.
3/03/93   DARREN LANE BORST, SON OF BRANCH DAVIDIAN MEMBER MARY JEAN BORST, LAST VISITED THE COMPOUND APPROXIMATELY 5 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME HE DOES RECALL RUNNING WATER OR ELECTRICITY IN THE COMPOUND, BUT UNDERSTANDS A LOT OF BUILDING HAS BEEN DONE SINCE. HE STATED THE COMPOUND MUST HAVE HAD SOME TYPE OF WELL. AS HE RECALLED THEY HAD SOME TYPE OF HAND PUMP.
3/02/93   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SOURCE WHO HAD VISITED THE COMPOUND STATES THERE WAS FOOD AND WATER STORED UNDERGROUND IN SEVERAL MONTHS SUPPLY.
3/02/93   BRADLEY HAROLD BORST, SON OF MARY JEAN BORST, STATED HE LEFT THE DAVIDIAN SECT IN FEB OF 1992. AT THAT TIME THE GROUP HAD NO WELL OR RUNNING WATER CAPABILITIES. THE PUMP BEHIND THE COMPOUND WAS BROKEN AND THE TANK EMPTY. WATER WAS STORED IN 5 GAL CONTAINERS AND BROUGHT IN.
3/02/93   INTERVIEW WITH CATHERINE MATTESON RELEASED FROM COMPOUND STATES PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER AVAILABLE. MATTESON STATED WATER TANK WAS HIT IN INITIAL EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE, BUT THEY HAVE PLENTY OF WATER.

 


     

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