Water Treatment and Handling Laboratories


FLC Region

Security Lab



6501 E. Eleven Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48091
United States


DoD Lead Laboratory for Ground Water Supply & Wastewater Treatment per DOD 4705.01 and AR 700-136

GVSC's WRL conducts military-specific water treatment testing which resolves field issues, evaluates new components and methods, in addition to researching emerging technologies. Additionally, the WTTF provides an environment to test relevant water treatment and handling solutions in order to evaluate equipment, from small components to large integrated systems, and resolve field issues.

GVSC also has access to the Seawater Desalination Test Facility, located at and operated by the Naval Facilities Center (NAVFAC), Port Hueneme, CA. The Seawater Desalination Test Facility capabilities are comparable to the WTTF facilities but use natural seawater as the test water.

Capabilities include:
- Water purification equipment testing from bench-scale and individual components to large, integrated systems
- Water packaging and handling equipment testing
- Water quality analysis equipment testing
- Membrane testing: Reverse Osmosis (RO), Nanofiltration, Ultrafiltration, Microfiltration
- Grey water re-use technology testing

- Facility provides year-round, relevant test environment
- Direct access to a large volume natural fresh water source
- Ability to prepare large volumes of simulated source waters: NSF 350 grey water, seawater, etc.
- Staff experienced in water/wastewater treatment technologies and systems:
- Design
- Operation
- Maintenance
- Testing
- Training

Features and Equipment
- Heated indoor boat well allows year-round operation on a natural fresh water source
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for discharge of up to 500,000 Gallons Per Day
- Military Water Purification Equipment includes:
- Lightweight Water Purifier (LWP)
- 600 GPH Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU)
- 1500 GPH Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS)
- 3000 GPH ROWPU
- Test skids for RO and Pretreatment
- Water Quality Analysis
- Analytical Lab
- Access to EPA certified laboratory water quality analysis
- Inline instrumentation, e.g., flow meters, pressure gauges, turbidity & conductivity meters
- Facilities for large systems
- Material Handling include 4K and 10K fork lifts
- Compressed Air: 140 psi, -65 °F dew point
- Electrical
- 125 kVA multi-tap transformers deliver 440/460/480V 3 phase power
- Multiple 208V single and 3-phase power disconnects
- Exterior concrete pad at water’s edge
- Conference room seating up to 25


Provide the expertise to support the readiness of ground systems throughout the life cycle.

A workplace of choice where our employees are fully engaged in meaningful work, recognize their relevance and link to our end users.

Provides research, development and engineering services for the Army’s tactical equipment engaged in the treatment, storage, distribution and quality analysis of water on the battlefield.

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