The Trump administration has approved a $15 million contract with a company to manufacture water purifiers for the water treatment plant at the Zephyrthills Water Treatment Plant, located in Zephyrs Falls, West Virginia.
The contract is part of a $4.5 billion contract between the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers to provide water treatment for the Army Corps’ New England Complex and the West Virginia Water Supply System, according to the agency.
The $15.9 million contract was awarded to the American Chemical Hydropower Corporation (ACE), which manufactures and markets purified water for the use of military personnel.
The water purifying equipment is also being manufactured at the Army’s Chemical Weapons Center in New Jersey.
The EPA and the Corps of Engineer had already awarded the $15 billion contract to an unnamed private company.
The EPA has not announced how the contract will be used.
The American Chemical Society, the trade group that represents manufacturers of water purification equipment, said in a statement that the contract “demonstrates the EPA’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of drinking water supplies for our nation’s veterans.”
The EPA also said that the project “will reduce the use and demand of water treatment equipment and technology.”
The Zephyres Water Treatment plant has operated since 1972.
The plant is located in the town of Zephys Falls, near West Virginia’s Pocono Mountains.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.