NSF Expands Scope of Protocol for Military Microbiological Water Purification Devices

Organization conducted seminar on new guidelines at WQA Aquatech USA 2012

NSF Intl. has expanded the scope of the protocol that addresses military water purification devices (NSF Protocol P248 Military Operations Microbiological Water Purifiers). NSF developed the protocol with the U.S. Army Public Health Command (U.S. APHC).

The NSF protocol helps protect the health of service members that use water purification devices, and initially covered small individual water purifiers (IWPs). The expanded scope includes individual water purifiers and additional systems known as small unit (squad- or platoon-size) water purifiers collectively known as small water purifiers (SWPs), which can be used on planned missions up to seven days in duration or longer under certain situations. In addition to military use, the water purification devices covered under the protocol can be used by disaster or emergency response teams, backpackers and others who do not have ready access to a treated water supply.

NSF conducted a seminar on the military water purification devices protocol at the WQA Aquatech USA 2012 tradeshow at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. NSF experts discussed background, requirements and the expanded scope of the protocol with representatives from U.S. APHC and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center in attendance.

Based on the EPA Guide Standard and Protocols for Testing Microbiological Purifiers, NSF Protocol P248 outlines the requirements for removing the type of microbiological contaminants from drinking water likely to be encountered during military operations. Manufacturers whose products are tested and comply with the performance (Appendix B) criteria of NSF Protocol P248 receive a Government Review Agency P248 letter of compliance, which can be provided to those who purchase these devices for the military and other agencies.

Products that also successfully complete material safety, structural integrity, performance and literature, and labeling evaluation earn certification to NSF P248, which allows for the use of the NSF Mark on the product and promotional materials in addition to the Government Review Agency P248 letter of compliance.

“The goal of the NSF protocol for microbiological water purifiers is to ensure that military personnel and others have access to safe drinking water from any freshwater source that may be available to them when deployed or in the field,” said Nikki Beetsch, group lead for NSF Intl.’s Drinking Water Div. “For the past 40 years, NSF Intl. has led the development of the American National Standards for products that come into contact with drinking water.

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