Story and Photo by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
Clean drinking water is vital in challenging environments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers received the opportunity to train on the lightweight water purifier, or LWP, and the tactical water purification system, or TWPS, here, recently.
The 40th Quartermaster Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, received classroom instruction and hands-on training to get more precise on both pieces of equipment.
“It is a really easy system to use, I have had good instruction, and it has been good working with the other Soldiers on the equipment,” said Spc. Marco Espinosa, water treatment specialist, 40th Quartermaster Co.
Soldiers learned how to purify a broad range of water sources to meet requirements for small military units, detachments and special operations forces supporting a multitude of contingency and humanitarian operations.
“It is important for the Soldiers and the leaders to be proficient in their military occupational specialty (and) also to be able to perform any mission around the world,” said Staff Sgt. Willie Washington, water treatment specialist, 40th Quartermaster Co.
Soldiers also learned the LWP weighs 2,000 pounds, provides 75-200 gallons of potable water per hour, has the ability to store up to 3,000 gallons and is capable of producing potable water from all water sources.
In extreme climates, the availability of clean drinking water has become a crucial component for sustaining healthy forces.
Because of the impact of environmental challenges, the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Army Command, or TACOM, Life Cycle Command Program has developed and integrated TWPS, which enables force sustainment for Army and Marine Corps troops operating in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
The TWPS uses micro-filtration technology to filter out silt and biological materials and includes high-salt rejection and reverse osmosis technology to produce drinking water from the most extreme water sources in the world.
Each TWPS unit can deliver more than 1,500 gallons of potable water, per hour, from freshwater sources, and more than 1,200 gallons from sea or saltwater sources. These amounts are enough to sustain 1,500 troops, per day, from freshwater and up to 1,200 troops from sea or saltwater.
In addition to military use, TWPS units are efficient systems for disaster-relief water supply — an asset anywhere in the world.
The LWP complements TWPS, a larger water purification system, and provides a more mobile water purification capability, consisting of six modules and two-1,000 gallons tanks — one for raw water and one for product storage.