The Office of Naval Research, Expeditionary Warfare Operations Technology Division, has awarded contracts to MTC Technologies and Village Marine Tec., Military Division, to supply two tactical water purification systems designated the Expeditionary Unit Water Purifier (EUWP). These water purification systems can be airlifted using a C-130 transport plane to provide potable water for reconstruction, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
EUWP's design capacity is 100,000 gpd of potable water when treating feed water from a variety of sources including turbid or saline water, and feed water that has nuclear, biological or chemical contamination.
TARGA-10 hollow fiber ultrafiltration membranes from Koch Membrane Systems are used in the EUWP as pretreatment to spiral reverse osmosis membranes. These membranes provide reliable operation for production of potable water with limited space and weight requirements, and low chemical consumption and waste generation.
Naval Facilities Engineering Services Center has received the first EUWP for initial testing and evaluation at the Seawater Desalination Testing Facility in Port Hueneme, Calif. At the conclusion of this initial testing the EUWP will be moved to the Tularosa Basin National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico for additional evaluation.
The EUWP Program is a congressionally sponsored program established with the intent to achieve two principle goals:
-- To stimulate discovery and invention in science and technology to push well beyond the present state of the art in water reclamation, purification, energy and distribution technologies; and
-- To verify and validate the utility of emerging state of the art science and technology in water purification systems for the benefit of both the military community and the federal and civilian community in keeping with "Dual Use" management objectives.