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Cpl. Nathan Knapke
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 3 ensured the bases personnel
will always have clean drinking water by conducting water purification
systems training at Fort Hase Beach, April 9, 2014.
Marines used the tactical water purification system and lightweight
purification system during their exercises. During an emergency, both
systems can be set up in less than an hour.
“Our Marines can make clean drinking water in just 45 minutes,” said
Staff Sgt. Jean Regis, the CLB-3 operations chief and a 41-year-old
native of New York City. “We have the ability to support the entire base
with water using ocean water.”
The TWPS is the louder and larger of the two systems but can filter an average of 1,200 gallons of freshwater per hour.
It is used for large-scale purification when needed. During the
training evolution, CLB-3 Marines operated and maintained four TWPS
The LWPS, the smaller and quieter unit, is used for small-scale
purification or when water needs to be pumped quickly and quietly.
Marines operated and maintained three of these systems while they pumped
an average of 75 gallons of freshwater per hour.
Even though the unit’s main goal is to provide enough filtered water
to the base during an emergency with the TWPS and LWPS, both systems
have other uses for the Marine Corps.
“We can bring these systems to other countries who don’t have fresh
water available to them for whatever reason,” said Lance Cpl. Jose
Lopez, a hygiene equipment operator with CLB-3 and 20-year-old native of
Houston. “Providing a clean water source is a great tool to use if we
ever needed to help people in another country. There are endless
problems this system can solve.”
“The water we are filtering from the ocean is cleaner than any water
you can drink out of a plastic bottle,” Regis said. “I know it’s better
because all the Marines, including myself, drink the water we filter. We
drink what we make.”