Mobile water packaging system tested in Malaysia

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
MALAYSIA — Spc. Derek York a water purification specialists from 40th Composite Supply Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment
Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, takes a sample of water from the Aspen 2000MD water purification system to have it checked for purity during exercise Keris Strike 15, Sept. 15.

Spc. Derek York a water purification specialists from 40th Composite Supply Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment
Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, takes a sample of water from the Aspen 2000MD water purification system to have it checked for purity during exercise Keris Strike 15, Sept. 15.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

TAIPING, Malaysia — Soldiers from the 40th Composite Supply Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sust. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, tested the Aspen 2000MD water purification system and mobile water packaging system, here, Sept. 15-16.

The testing was designed to determine if it could enhance the water capabilities of 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regiment, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th ID, as it conducted an exercise in the jungles of Malaysia.

The mobile water packaging system (MWPS), or “water in a box,” uses the Aspen component combined with a self-packaging water trailer. It is designed to package purified water into 3-liter bags that will fit most Soldiers’ hydration systems, taking away the need for purchasing and using water bottles.

“This system will allow military units to package their own water, instead of relying on major water contracts for potable water,” said Maj. Bradley Cooper, brigade logistic support team chief for 2nd BCT, 25th ID.

The MWPS is designed for a smaller military unit, such as company size and below, by producing up to 2,000 gallons of purified drinking water, daily, from fresh, salt or brackish water. Its compact size will provide for greater ease of transportability.

MALAYSIA — Spc. Derek York and Al-Tariq Crawford, water purification specialists from 40th Composite Supply Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, check the control panel of the Aspen 2000MD water purification for any warning signs as they begin to set up the Water in a Box system during exercise Keris Strike 15, Sept. 15.

Spc. Derek York and Al-Tariq Crawford, water purification specialists from 40th Composite Supply Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, check the control panel of the Aspen 2000MD water purification for any warning signs as they begin to set up the Water in a Box.

It consists of a filtration system, two 1,000-gallon water bags for water storage, water pumps, generators and the water quality monitoring set-purification for on-site quality assurance.

According to Cooper, the water used by the packaging system can be purified using any of the four Army purification systems.

Depending on the filtration system used with the packaging system, it can be operational and producing water within a few hours. Once the system is connected and producing 3-liter bags, the machine can package more than 370 bags per hour.

“This system can be time consuming, especially the smaller the purification system that you use, but if you hook this up to a reverse osmosis water purification unit and had it connected to a water hippo, you could mass produce in a matter of hours,” said Cooper.

There are currently only two MWPS systems across the Army, one with U.S. Army-Pacific Command and the other with U.S. Army-South. As the MWPS is tested, the water treatment Soldiers will continue to learn and provide feedback to help improve the system and design.

According to Sgt. Terrin Russel, a water purification specialist with 40th CSC, the system is highly beneficial and will be advantageous in the future.

Cooper also thinks there is a lot of potential for the system to be used in humanitarian aid missions around the world, as well as reducing the amount of bottled water the Soldiers use when training in foreign countries.

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