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MECO’s High Purity Water and Steam Systems Play a Critical Role in Supporting Operation Warp Speed (OWS)

MECO, a world leader in the design and manufacture of water purification systems, is currently involved in multiple Operation Warp Speed (OWS) projects. Operation Warp Speed is a public/private partnership initiated by the US government to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacture, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. The multiple projects are greatly contributing to the fight against COVID-19. Operation Warp Speed has invested in six vaccine candidates and as of recent, four of the vaccine candidates have entered the last phase of clinical trials before approval by the FDA.

Water plays an essential role in this because high purity water is a critical ingredient in the drug manufacturing process. Because the biopharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated, high purity water must meet certain standards in order to be used in drug manufacturing and development. These standards are classified as the following pharmaceutical grade water and steam types: Purified Water (PW), Water for Injection (WFI) and Pure Steam (PS). Producing over 25 million gallons of pharmaceutical water daily, MECO’s systems are critical to Operation Warp Speed’s efforts and the biopharmaceutical industry around the world.

George Gsell, MECO’s President comments on the progress, “As a company, we are working together and doing all that we can to provide the Purified Water, Water for Injection, and Pure Steam that is critical to the development and manufacture of life-saving medications for the world. Our priority is to support our customers by supplying the necessary water purification and steam systems needed.”

MECO’s rich history of supporting those in crisis extends over 90 years. It’s a legacy that we are proud of and continue to support those in critical need. To learn more about MECO’s legacy of excellence, visit our interactive timeline here.

For more information on how MECO is providing essential services to Operation Warp Speed, the biopharmaceutical industry, and the development of much needed vaccines, visit


MECO is a manufacturer of engineered products for water purification serving multiple industries. MECO is also the world’s leading producer of water purification plants for offshore oil and gas platforms and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries where ultra-pure water is the primary ingredient in the drug manufacturing process. MECO also provides advanced water purification systems to the U.S. Armed Forces. MECO is a Louisiana-based company with facilities in Houston, Texas, Mandeville, La., Limerick, Ireland, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For more information, visit