Powering Potable Water Systems

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Potable water is essential to military operations. Bottled water can be purchased, though it is not cost effective, and expired water adds to the waste stream. Producing potable water with the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) water treatment system is typically the choice in a bare base environment. However, the system requires significant energy to run and produces a wastewater stream. New Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diode (UV LED) technology may help to overcome these issues in water treatment within the coming decade.


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