Amphibious Construction Battalion Receives Water Purification System Training
By Seaman Julia A. Armstrong, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
CORONADO, Calif. - Sailors assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 received training on a water purification system in Coronado, Calif., Aug. 23.

The Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS), a land-based water purification system, provides 1,500 gallons of potable water per hour by turning salt water into drinkable water. 

The system allows ACB 1 to stay mobile and keep 600-700 camps self-sufficient during field exercises. 

With ACB 1 able to make its own drinkable water, they don't have to ship in bottled water, saving time and money. 

"It usually takes an eight hour work day to get TWPS up and running," said Chief Builder Alfredo Sarmiento, leading chief petty officer of ACB 1 Charlie Company's Operation Department. 

"The TWPS can also be transported to a disaster area where power and water have been shut off, because it carries its own electrical source," said Construction Electrician 2nd Class Shantae Taylor, ACB 1, Charlie Company, Operation Department's leading petty officer.

The TWPS can be used in some challenging environments, such as those struck by a natural disaster or a man-made disaster.

"Knowing that if a national disaster hit we would still have fresh drinking water puts me at ease," said Utilitlesman 3rd Class Eric Williams, a TWPS operator for ACB 1 Charlie Company.

To ensure the goal of providing fresh drinking water is met, ACB 1 Sailors change the TWPS filter every six months and perform routine maintenance, said Williams. 

ACB 1 provides logistical over-the-shore support for amphibious forces and the Maritime Prepositioned Force operations, including ship-to-shore transportation of combat cargo, bulk fuel and water and tactical camp operations. The battalion also assists landing force support operations and undertake logistical construction projects.
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