US Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research and Development Center

Advanced Low Logistics H₂O

Published Sept. 21, 2017
Engineer Center labs work together on project

HANOVER, N.H. (Sept. 20, 2017) -- Dr. Don Cropek, Advanced Low Logistics H20 project lead from the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Illinois, and Dr. Jonathon Brame, ALL-H2O Task 6 lead from the Environmental Laboratory, examine results with Dr. Emily Asenath-Smith, with the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire. The team conducted a week-long series of experiments and project planning hosted at the Hanover installation. The ALL-H2O project is focused on delivering water sustainment technologies that will enable maximal water reuse, harvesting, and monitoring in a practical and efficient manner at U.S. Army contingency bases. All three labs represented are part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Advanced Low Logistics H₂O (ALL-H₂O)

Advanced Low Logistics H₂O (ALL-H₂O) – FY16-FY18 research effort for the U.S. Army to develop new technologies and integration concepts to enable maximal on-site water reuse and generation in dynamic, austere, and energy-constrained operational settings that are practical and safe. Results should yield: 25% reduction in net water demand; $2 MIL/year savings per 1000-person installation; reduced manpower and energy requirements; and increased security. ERDCinfo@usace.army.mil

Purpose

The Advanced Low Logistics H2O (ALL H2Oresearch project will develop water sustainment technologies that will enable maximal water reuse, harvesting, and monitoring in a practical and efficient manner at Army contingency bases. 

Water and wastewater transport in the operational environment puts soldiers at increased risk, is costly, and can limit operational reach due to burdensome logistics. The technologies and integration concepts needed to enable maximal on-site water reuse and generation in the dynamic, austere, and energy-constrained Army operational setting in a practical and safe manner do not yet exist. 

Products

Innovative materials and methods for selective water transport, degradation of emerging contaminants, fouling resistance, in-situ generation of consumables, and efficient water vapor capture.

Modular design concepts tested at bench scale.

Optimized technologies evaluated and down selected using end user constraints for efficacy, simplicity, deployability, robustness, integration, savings, and safety.

Payoff

  • 25% reduction in net water demand
  • 2 MIL/year savings per 1000 PAX base
  • Reduced manpower and energy
  • Increased security

Status

Ongoing. An FY16-FY18 research effort. 

Contact

ERDCinfo@usace.army.mil, 217 373 6737

Environmental Processes Branch
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center | Construction Engineering Research Laboratory