The US Navy has awarded a contract to wastewater treatment services company LT Technologies to develop and produce a high-capacity water purification system.

Under the contract, the company will develop the system which will use reverse osmosis production equipment to produce clean, potable water for drinking, cooking and other critical uses.

The system minimises energy consumption by using an advanced desalination processes with innovative, lower pressure, high-salt rejecting reverse osmosis membranes to produce clean drinking water from ocean water.

Once operational the system will provide half a million gallons of clean, potable water a day at a strategic military facility located in East Africa, which serves as a forward location for anti-terrorism, anti-piracy and other strategic activities.

Installation of the system is now underway which will be followed by testing. The system is expected to be operational by the end of 2009.