CAP DRAA, Morocco --
U.S. Marines with Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 451, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, installed a Tactical Water Purification System during exercise African Lion 17 at Cap Draa, Morocco, April 20-28, 2017.
The TWIPS was vital for African Lion 17 as it produced and distributed 15-17 thousand gallons of fresh water per day. The system helped produced potable water for U.S. and Moroccan Forces, to use in showers, sinks and toilets; allowing service members to properly hygiene and train for African Lion 17.
The TWIPS takes in salt water from the ocean and runs the water through a series of multiple filtration systems, a process called reverse osmosis purification. The water is then stored in two 3,000 gallon bladders next to the system.
“Getting fresh water out of the TWIPS also involves ensuring there is little to no mistakes,” said Sgt. Jeff Grenier, a water treatment specialist with CLB-451. “If the water is not properly purified it can cause people to get sick. If they get sick, they don’t get proper training.”
The Marines, often called Water Dogs, did run into issues like rising and falling of tides of the Atlantic Ocean where water was being drawn. The Marines manually adjusted the pump according to sea levels. Water pH levels were unbalanced for the first couple of days but the Marines adjusted pressure levels overcoming their difficulties and consistently providing fresh water to the troops. Exercise participants were able to train safely thanks to Marines operating the TWIPS. (U.S. Marine Corps story by Lance Cpl. Issac Velasquez)