Newest CARD continues to seek development of stand-alone system for disaster response
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Commercialization Office released the newest Commercial Applications Requirements Document (CARD) that articulates the specific requirements for a stand-alone, mobile potable water treatment system to be used during disaster response efforts. S&T worked with emergency response and recovery communities to identify the need for mobile water treatment systems in the field, and will evaluate solutions proposed by the private sector under the System Efficacy through Commercialization Utilization Relevance and Evaluation (SECURE) program.
SECURE is a public-private partnership where S&T provides detailed requirements to the private sector to encourage the development of a fully deployable product or service that meets those needs. S&T then assesses operational performance of the product or service proposed through third party testing and evaluation. Products and services demonstrating through operational test and evaluation that their system’s proposed functionality meets or exceeds requirements will have the opportunity to receive SECURE certification.
“Clean, drinkable water is a critical resource in the aftermath of a disaster,” said DHS Chief Commercialization Officer Tom Cellucci, “Natural disasters and other catastrophic events can result in significant damage to critical infrastructure that contaminates water supplies or destroys water delivery systems. That’s why we need a portable, self-contained water purifier to enhance our disaster response and relief efforts.”
The specific requirements for the device would include ergonomic portability; a self-contained and self-sufficient power source; and the ability to produce 30,000 gal of fresh, potable water each day.