ALAMOGORDO, N.M.- A Bureau of Reclamation water purification systesively tested at the Tularosa Basin National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, was trucked out on Wednesday Sept. 7.
“The expeditionary unit can treat up to 200,000 gallons of water a day,” Reclamation Commissioner John Keys said. “Two-hundred-thousand gallons will serve 40- to 50,000 people with drinking water a day.”
The portable unit was designed to purify contaminated and saline waters to better-than EPA drinking water standards. The system has been assigned to assist with providing water to the Biloxi, Mississippi area. Both commissioner Keys and Project Manager John Walp said the system can be moved to a different location if the need arises.
The system began treating water Sunday. Walp, who is in Mississippi as part of the purification system operating crew, said he is proud to be part of the large federal effort to provide relief.In addition to the water purification system, Reclamation employees also are preparing to deploy to the disaster area. These highly skilled employees will provide quality assurance and quality control for debris removal and temporary roofing missions. The deployment will probably occur within seven to fourteen days and last at least 30 days, with additional deployments in the future. Additional employees with special skills are being identified and will be made available when requested.
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