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Marines Assemble Water Purification Systems at African Lion exercise in Morocco
Water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, put their water purification systems to the test on a Moroccan beach April 10, 2012, during the bi-lateral exercise African Lion 12.<br /> <br /><br
Corporal Kyle Slusher, a water purification specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operates a pump that pushes Moroccan ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines with the 24th MEU training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. Slusher is a native of Marion, Ohio. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
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Photo 1 of 4: Corporal Kyle Slusher, a water purification specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operates a pump that pushes Moroccan ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines with the 24th MEU training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. Slusher is a native of Marion, Ohio. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein) Download full-resolution version
A Lightweight Water Purification System converts ocean water into a potable water source for Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit who are in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces during Exercise African Lion 12. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
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Photo 2 of 4: A Lightweight Water Purification System converts ocean water into a potable water source for Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit who are in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces during Exercise African Lion 12. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein) Download full-resolution version
Corporals Kyle Slusher and Cody Sorrell, water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine expeditionary Unit, operate a pump that pushes ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
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Photo 3 of 4: Corporals Kyle Slusher and Cody Sorrell, water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine expeditionary Unit, operate a pump that pushes ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein) Download full-resolution version
Corporals Kyle Slusher and Cody Sorrell, water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine expeditionary Unit, operate a pump that pushes ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
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Photo 4 of 4: Corporals Kyle Slusher and Cody Sorrell, water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine expeditionary Unit, operate a pump that pushes ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein) Download full-resolution version
Corporal Kyle Slusher, a water purification specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operates a pump that pushes Moroccan ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines with the 24th MEU training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. Slusher is a native of Marion, Ohio. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
A Lightweight Water Purification System converts ocean water into a potable water source for Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit who are in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces during Exercise African Lion 12. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
Corporals Kyle Slusher and Cody Sorrell, water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine expeditionary Unit, operate a pump that pushes ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
Corporals Kyle Slusher and Cody Sorrell, water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine expeditionary Unit, operate a pump that pushes ocean water into a Tactical Water Purification System, to be purified into a clean water source for Marines in Morocco training with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces April 10, 2012. The LWPS allowed the Marines to produce clean water for forces ashore during their training exercise so that they did not have to be resupplied with bottled water or by other means during the exercise. African Lion 12 is the first exercise of a regularly scheduled 8-month deployment for the 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which deployed in March. (24th Marine Expeditionary Unit photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein)
Water purification specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, put their water purification systems to the test on a Moroccan beach April 10, 2012, during the bi-lateral exercise African Lion 12.



The Marines assembled a Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS) and Lightweight Water Purification System (LWPS) on the beach to turn ocean water into a sustainable, potable water source for the Marines conducting training operations with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces and to test the systems on a foreign water source.



"Instead of bringing thousands of pallets of water ashore, this is what we use," said Corporal Kyle Slusher, a water purification specialist with CLB 24. "This is what's going to sustain our force, and we can use it wherever there is a water source."



Marines use water purification systems to sustain their forces and also to provide water for a number of other operations, such as disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, according to Corporal Cody Sorrell, a water purification specialist.



"We can use this capability for any sort of mission where Marines are going to be there a long period of time," Sorrell said. "You can't conduct operations without a sustainable water source."



The current mission is to provide a clean water source for Marines training ashore in the desert landscape of Morocco. Without this capability, the logistics problem of supplying clean water would become a problem of time and money that would distract from the mission of training between the Marines and Moroccans.



The TWPS weighs 10,000 pounds and is able to purify approximately 10,000 gallons of water a day by pumping it through a series of filters, which reduce the TDS (total dissolved solids) rating to a level more than fit for human consumption.



"It's better than bottled water," said Slusher.



According to the Marion, Ohio, native, the average bottle of water has a TDS ratting between 400 and 500. Using the TWPS, water purification specialists can reduce the TDS rating to 20.



"A bottle of water from the TWPS is more pure than what you would get from a factory," he said. "It's because the only thing we have to add back into the water is chlorine to preserve it."



The TWPS has the ability to purify water ranging from lake water to nuclear contaminated water, he said.



"If a nuclear bomb went off behind me, we would be able to provide contaminate free water in an hour," he said.



The LWPS is a smaller version of the TWPS. While not able to boast the same range of capabilities as the TWPS, its use is focused on supplying a small force. Weighing 3,580 pounds, the system is able to provide around 2,000 gallons of water a day.



"We use this somewhere we have a really small footprint," he said.



The last opportunity the Marines had to test their system's capabilities was in September 2011 at Fort Pickett, Va., where they filtered lake water, substantially easier to filter than the salty ocean water they now face in Morocco, according to Slusher.



"Right now we're showing we can get in, set up and operate it anywhere," he said.

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