- Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit
A Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) is a portable, self-contained water treatment plant. Designed for
militaryuse, it can provide potablewater from nearly any water source. There are many model ROWPUs in use by the United States Armed Forces. Some models are containerized, some are trailers and some are vehicles unto themselves.
Each branch of the United States Armed Forces has their own series of ROWPU models, but they are all similar. The water is pumped from its raw source into the ROWPU module, where it is treated with a polymer to initiate
coagulation. Next, it is run through a multi-media filter where it undergoes ion exchange. It is then pumped through a cartridge filter which is usually spiral-wound cotton. This process clarifies the water of any particles larger than 5 micrometresand eliminates almost all turbidity.
The clarified water is then fed through a high-pressure piston pump into a series of vessels where it is subject to
reverse osmosis. The product water is free of 90.00% - 99.98% of the raw water's Total Dissolved Solids(TDS) and by military standards, should have no more than 1000 - 1500 parts per millionTDS by measure of electrical conductivity. It is then disinfectedwith chlorineand stored for later use.
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