Last MASH unit on last mission uses TerraGroup portable RO system

A Portable Reverse Osmosis (PRO) System 3000, a TECWAR tactical water purification system, provides purified water for MEDFLAG 2005, military exercises jointly conducted by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and the Republic of Angola. Objectives were to install a large water pump in the town of Ambriz that would double the town's water supply, establish and certify a hospital, deliver the first Humanitarian Assistance Program, and provide crisis-response training with Angolan military members...

ALLENTOWN, PA, May 2, 2006 -- The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in the U.S. Army had recently pitched its tents in Angola, Africa, for exercise MEDFLAG 2005. Task Force Angola's MEDFLAG 2005 objectives were to install a large water pump in the town of Ambriz that would effectively double the town's water supply, establish and certify a hospital, deliver the first Humanitarian Assistance Program, and provide crisis-response training with Angolan military members.

Included in the 212th MASH Unit's support team was the U.S. Air Force's 86th Contingency Response Group which kept the entire camp's water running throughout the whole exercise. The 86th CRG provided drinking, shower, and laundry water for the task force by purifying the local sea water using the TECWAR® Portable Reverse Osmosis (PRO™) 3000 Tactical Water Purification System.

The difficult terrain and the logistical layout proved little challenge to the "waterdawgs" of the 86th CRG who were able to adapt and maximize the specific and unique capabilities of the TECWAR PRO System. Their expertise enabled them to produce thousands of gallons of potable water from the ocean. The reason such a large amount of water was produced from sea water was because in addition to potable supplies, the purified water was also used to support laundry and showers for the base camp. The sea water processed through TerraGroup's PRO 3000 unit was tested and in compliance with the drinking water standards listed in the U.S. military's water regulation: TB MED 577.

The system's lightweight design; ease of use; transportability; operational footprint and performance, once again demonstrated its value as the ultimate lightweight water purifier in the tactical class. It provided troops the confidence that high-quality water for drinking, shower, and laundry purposes can be produced from any water source anywhere in the world.

The PRO 3000 is a tactical water treatment and purification system designed by TerraGroup Corp. It provides absolute water purification for any field condition, and was developed for early entry units, highly mobile teams and remote sites. The system was designed for transportation in a standard military M1097A series HMMWV; UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter; and C-130 Air Transport.

The basic system can even be mounted on a John Deere Military Gator. With no requirement for external power, (generators or electricity) it is totally self-contained needing only diesel fuel or gasoline, depending on the model. It can be operational in less than 60 minutes, and can be operated and maintained by one person with no special tools and minimal instruction. Basic system weight is less than 1,250 lbs., and its versatile footprint allows 300 ft. "source to storage" or "tailgate" configuration (and anything in between). Flow rates range from 300 gallons per hour (gph) on freshwater water sources to 180 gph on sea water. It's effective in producing potable water from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) contaminated sources and is designed to operate in hostile environments. The PRO 3000 system is protected by three U.S. Patents and Trademarks.

TerraGroup Corp. (www.tacticalwater.com) has focused entirely on the design, engineering, and manufacturing of patented water purification systems including water storage and distribution products that specifically address military field applications, potable water for disasters, emergency water supply and nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) decontamination. All of the TECWAR systems are highly mobile, self-contained, modular, and scalable. They're designed for rapid response, remote locations, and expeditionary teams. With headquarters in Allentown, PA, the company continues its work in improving and developing water purification products for military field applications, environmental defense, homeland security, and disaster relief.

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