Lack of water is a prevalent problem in crisis areas or after natural disasters. Providing individuals in such situations with fresh and clean drinking water is one of the most important tasks of humanitarian aid organizations. Cooperating with Kärcher Futuretech Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks introduced a new special truck at the RETTmobil 2016. In the future, it will produce drinking water in humanitarian emergency situations.
The all-terrain "Drinking Water Unimog" ensures to transport highly efficient drinking water supply systems to regions difficult to access in situations of crisis and disaster when clean drinking water is not available. If, after, for instance, earthquakes or flood, the regular supply channels are destroyed, supplying water can present a very big challenge for rescue workers.
The "Drinking Water Unimog" offers a solution: The off-road truck can transport up to three autonomous drinking water supply systems in difficult terrains. The heart piece of the system is a water filtration system made by Kärcher Futuretech: It can generate particle-free drinking water at the rate of up to 5000 liters per hour from almost all sources of natural water by means of ultra-filtration.
The systems are unloaded at the respective sites with a hydraulic crane. After that, the loading area of the Unimog can be used for storage of a cushion tank with a capacity of 5,000 liters. The processed drinking water is pumped into this tank with a high-power pump integrated in the Unimog and can then be distributed to the population in need. The daily output of the three WTC 5000 UF taken together is 360,000 liters per day. According to the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), this is sufficient to provide up to 50,000 people with water. It's a clean operation -- in the truest sense of the word.