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Showers reducing water delivery burden.

THE Force Provider Team, part of the Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems office, has designed and developed a state-of-the-art Shower Water Reuse System.

The SWRS is a rapidly deployable, mobile, self-sustaining system, capable of recovering up to 9,000 gallons per day of shower wastewater. This capability increases the Army's ability to reduce the logistical and security burden of water delivery to forward operating bases and combat outposts.

Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems has delivered the first eight SWRS units for deployment to Afghanistan as part of an add-on capability to the Force Provider base camp modules. Force Provider modules, affectionately known as the Army's Home Away from Home, provide billeting; personal hygiene; laundry; morale, welfare and recreation; and a field feeding capability for 600 Soldiers. The Force Provider team works to continually improve the quality of life for Soldiers in the field.

Additionally, U.S. Forces Afghanistan had a need for standardized Army equipment that reduced the logistics footprint at their base camps, particularly since the troop surge, which had a multiplier effect on troop sustainment. As a result, the Army has allocated additional funding to support a request for 80 more SWRS systems that will be used throughout Afghanistan.

The 75 percent recovery rate of the SWRS will translate to a tremendous cost savings to the Army, considering some estimates put the cost of usable water at the tactical edge in Afghanistan at nearly $20 per gallon.

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The SWRS uses self-cleaning filters and reverse osmosis technology, combined with an easy-to-use, touch-screen LCD user interface. The wastewater is first filtered through a 15 micron pre-filter and two 0.2 micron microfilters, followed by three 8-inch saltwater reverse osmosis elements. This water is then filtered further through two carbon filters, exposed to bacteria-killing UV light, and finally shocked with calcium hypochlorite to prevent coliform growth.

The SWRS is housed in an 8 by 8 by 6.5-feet triple container, or TRICON, and weighs less than 8,000 pounds. It is capable of unattended operation for up to three days, and water quality is continually monitored through conductivity sensors. The touch-screen display gives the user visibility of real-time flows and pressures, set-up and operating instructions, and troubleshooting procedures. The system is operational in temperatures from 120 degrees F down to -15 degrees F, with an add-on cold weather kit.

--PM Force Sustainment Systems, Project Management Force Projection, PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support

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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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