The Marine Corps is debuting a next generation water purification system that will allow individual Marines to get safe, drinkable water straight from the source. The Individual Water Purification System Block II (IWPS II) is an upgrade to the current version issued to all Marines. With IWPS II, Marines are able to quickly purify fresh bodies of water on the go. The current system filters bacteria and cysts, but Marines still have to use purification tablets to remove viruses. IWPS II uses an internal cartridge that effectively filters micro pathogens, providing better protection from bacterial and viral waterborne diseases and removing the need for tablets. IWPS II can also connect to Marines' man-packable hydration packs. IWPS II is expected to be fielded to Marines in fiscal year 2018.
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