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US Army Tank & Automotive Command Awards MECO Contract to Produce Lightweight Water Purifiers (LWP)

Highly mobile and durable water maker turns 125 gallons of contaminated water to drinking water in just 1 hour

MECO, a world leader in water purification, has been awarded a five year contract to produce Lightweight Water Purifiers (LWP) for the US Army. The MECO LWP is the world’s most advanced lightweight mobile water treatment unit for military, civilian and disaster relief applications. It is designed to treat any water, anywhere. In 2000, MECO was contracted to design and develop the LWP and subsequently manufactured over 400 units in support of the armed forces needs for drinking water.

The LWP is a highly mobile system that supports company/battalion size units in the field and produces 125 gallons per hour of freshwater from a brackish water source or 75 gallons per hour from high salinity seawaters typically found in the Arabian Gulf and elsewhere. The LWP removes Nuclear, Biological or Chemical agents from the water supply, is set up in 45 minutes and operated by one soldier. It can be transported on a HMMWV or in a Blackhawk helicopter and is air transportable and air droppable. The system is capable of operating on highly turbid waters and can treat water contaminated by weapons of mass destruction (i.e. nuclear, biological or chemical agents). MECO LWP units are presently operating throughout the world in support of armed forces and disaster relief.

About MECO

MECO is a manufacturer of engineered products for water purification serving a multiple of industries. The company has a history of providing products and services to the US Armed forces dating as far back as World War II. The company’s military products include mobile water purification plants, pumps and marine heat exchangers. MECO is also the world’s leading producer of water purification plants for offshore oil and gas platforms and the biopharmaceutical industry where ultra-pure water is the primary ingredient in the drug manufacturing process. MECO is a Louisiana based company with manufacturing facilities in Houston, TX and Covington, LA. For more informaton visit