An Oasis From Home

To quench their thirst and stave off dehydration, U.S. troops in the 120 degreesF Saudi Arabian desert must drink up to 8 gal. of water a day. Much of the vital liquid comes from local bottled well water that is cumbersome to transport.

In a move that will help wean soldiers from the plastic bottles, Milwaukee- based Aqua-Chem last month shipped Operation Desert Shield three state-of- , the-art water-purification units with a total value of nearly $1 million. Each of the mobile units, which use a process called reverse osmosis to convert salt water or contaminated water to drinking water, can...

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