The U.S. Marine Corps' New Water Invention Could Change EverythingFood insecurity is a growing issue that isn't easy to solve, but water is some...

The U.S. Marine Corps' New Water Invention Could Change EverythingFood insecurity is a growing issue that isn't easy to solve, but water is some...The U.S. Marine Corps' New Water Invention Could Change Everything

Food insecurity is a growing issue that isn't easy to solve, but water is something else entirely (via CDC). With increasing accounts of contaminated waters in more U.S. cities and across the globe, it's refreshing to hear about new technologies that can solve these crises with relative affordability. The U.S. Marines have developed a water generation system that can grab the liquid life-giving substance from mid-air by the gallons, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

According to Capt. Sean Conderman, who leads the 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment's combat ballistics battalion in Hawaii, the machine essentially combines the powers of a dehumidifier with a water purifier. "We can mount it basically on any vehicle, and what it does is it pulls water out of the air to give us potable water without having to connect to an actual water source," said Conderman, whose squad works out of the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The machine can generate up to 20 gallons of water per day, enough to fuel a small team of 10 to 20 through a short journey.

How does it work?
Patrick King/U.S. Marine Corps
The Marine Corps is calling this device an Atmospheric Portable-water Sustainment Unit, APSU for short. Combined with what it calls the Lightweight Water Purification System, it essentially grabs the moisture from humid air and converts it to liquid. From there, it purifies the water to ensure it's drinkable, as even airborne water can contain trace amounts of atmospheric chemicals. It's more than just a proof of concept at this point, too.

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