Water Research Laboratory ApparatusJeremy L. Overmann
Funded by U.S. Army Engineering Research Development Center/Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC/CERL), November 2010
ERDC/CERL is conducting research on the detection of contaminants in Army drinking water distribution systems. Controlled tests cannot be performed at Army installations. A pilot-scale laboratory apparatus has been designed that is capable of producing custom simulated drinking water on demand, adding simulated contaminants to the water, and monitoring various chemical and physical water quality parameters in real time. The apparatus has been designed to operate as a single-pass distribution system simulator.
The apparatus will help researchers to more accurately detect a broader range of contaminants than is currently possible and study the effect of on-demand water treatment to protect critical infrastructure. This capability can be applied to increase the safety and security of Army drinking water distribution systems.