No one is better at providing water, food, power and shelter to personnel living in harsh conditions than the US Army. Much of this support has historically been trucked in from large bases in the rear. This means convoys of vehicles moving supplies forward and waste rearwards – easy targets for attack. To reduce the threat to these ‘soft targets’ of resupply convoys, local resources must be used whenever possible and the need for moving supplies back and forth minimized.

This means that water and power have to sourced close to the point of use and that back load of waste must be avoided.

These requirements prompted the US DOD, through the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to develop innovative modular systems that can produce drinking water from local sea or ground water, that can derive their own power from renewable energy sources (solar and wind) and that can reduce liquid and solid waste by recycling water for reuse and destroying black water (human waste) locally. The government canvassed universities and the industrial sector for systems to meet their needs to provide water and other hygiene solutions to support sustainable living for the troops no matter where they were in the world.

After review of all submitted innovations, NSRDEC chose Phoenix H2O technologies for further

development as the most innovative state of the art sustainable living systems. The family of modular pods was named “Milhut -Minimized Logistic Habitat Units”. The Phoenix H2O pods are direct descendants of the systems developed under these contracts.

Today Phoenix H2O has several model pods that scale to the population size and mission that they are supporting, be it an ongoing requirement at a small village, to a high demand disaster relief application.

For example, the Phoenix H2O centers can be placed throughout an area creating multiple water source locations throughout a village, town or city. This reduces dependency on a single source and simplifies water distribution and supply of portable water to families, homes and refuge centers.

Phoenix H2O was created in memory of those who have lost their life at an early age due to the lack of technology and humanitarian efforts. Today we congratulate Mrs. Martine Riez for her continued dedication and support for humanitarian efforts to improve life and help reduce disease through disaster relief systems and support