Department of Defense seeks small unit water purification system

Despite declining budgets and the potential for sequestration, the U.S. Department of Defense has money left to invest in counterterrorism capabilities.

A DoD official recent told a group of industry representatives that those solutions need to be innovative, low-cost and flexible. As part of the same briefing, program managers for DOD's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office explained their more urgent needs, according to

At the top of the CTTSO's list is a small unit purifier that can treat enough water for a group of approximately 15 soldiers, according to Christina Baxter, the program manager for CTTSO's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives subgroup.

"This is a small group ... forward deployed, and very often will not have access to electricity," Baxter said, reports. "So the preferred method would be something that is gravity fed and can produce up to 500 liters of water a day."

CTTSO requires that any system weigh less than 200 pounds and be capable of eliminating protozoa, bacteria and viruses. Baxter said that microscopic organisms are capable of taking soldiers out of action very quickly.

Contractors will be able to submit proposals for the purifier and other CTTSO needs in February or March after a final broad agency announcement is published. CTTSO will award the funding as early as April.

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