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Defense Logistics Agency, Maritime Div., announces award under H2O Water Purification Initiative
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Maritime Div., Columbus, Ohio, announced an award to Aqua-Chem Inc. under the H2O Water Purification Initiative (WPS), a five-year program with a not-to-exceed value of $386,000,000. Under this contract, Aqua-Chem, working in partnership with key suppliers and original equipment manufacturers, will be responsible for warehousing, storage, logistical and supply chain management of materials to support the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit 600 gal per hour (gph), the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit 3,000 gph (ROWPU 3000), the Lightweight Water Purification system and the Tactical Water Purifications System (TWPS). These weapon systems are used worldwide in remote locations to provide fresh drinking water to the war-fighter and to support disaster relief efforts.
“We are committed to ensuring that the war-fighter is always equipped with the right spares, at the right time, anywhere in the world,” said David Gensterblum, Aqua-Chem’s president and CEO. “We are prepared to execute this contract, and are capable of increasing this model exponentially for increased volumes in the near future.”
In the 1980s and early 1990s, Aqua-Chem developed, designed and manufactured the first ROWPU 3000 systems with deliveries to TACOM (Tank-automotive Armaments Command) in Warren, Mich. In the 2000s, Aqua-Chem, with a teaming partner, developed and is a primary subcontractor for the TWPS program which is still in production today and being delivered to TACOM. Prior to receiving this award, Aqua-Chem provided support for all four systems covered by the WPS.
“This latest contract awarded to Aqua-Chem proves the company’s dedication and leadership in the water purification industry,” said Gregory L. Greenberg, senior partner of Altus Capital Partners, the largest outside investor in Aqua-Chem.
The program’s responsibility and execution will be performed out of the corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn.