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    Reverse Osmosis - Clean Water, Ready Force

    Vibrant Response 18

    Photo By 1st Sgt. Thaddeus Harrington | Water treatment specialists in the 288th Quartermaster Company based in Victoria,...... read more read more

    MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Indiana. (April 13, 2018) – On the hour, every hour, water treatment specialists test the water that deployed forces may use to cook, drink, and bathe in during exercise Guardian Response 18.

    This exercise is linked to Vibrant Response 18 and is the multi-component USARNORTH annual disaster response exercise designed to validate nearly 5,200 military and government civilian personnel in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) disaster.

    The unit’s soldiers check their source water, say a river or pond, then test the output, water they purified. The test is for the proper pH balance, chlorine level, and total dissolved solids level — sand and dirt.

    “Water is something that we need,” said Pfc. Andrea Sanchez, a water treatment specialist in the 288th Quartermaster Company based in Victoria, Texas.

    Simplistically, the unit has the capability to take water from many sources to purify it and even the ability to distill water that has been contaminated by nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards.

    “You can make good water out of something dirty,” said Sanchez. “That’s a part of my job. I can make a difference.”

    The magic happens in a large machine that unit members call a ‘R.O.W.P.U.' — Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit. Osmosis is a process where molecules of a solvent, water, pass through a membrane and collected on the other side of the membrane. What's collected is purified water. The stuff that won't make it through the membrane is discharged from the system.

    The purified water is stored and pumped into 2,000 Gallon Tank Racks, ready for transport. Access to clean drinking water reduces preventable water-borne diseases, enabling mission readiness for deployed forces.



    Date Taken: 04.13.2018
    Date Posted: 04.14.2018 12:58
    Story ID: 273069
    Location: IN, US

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