PANCHKHAL, Nepal - For many in developing nations, having clean water for everyday usage is a luxury, not the standard.To have clean water in these nations, it would have to be either purified for various usages or shipped from various locations, requiring the necessary logistics to get it to and from.With this in mind, leadership of the U.S. Pacific Command and Nepal's Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre employed a solution that allowed for the production of clean water, without needing additional logistical requirements.This solution is a pilot program known as the Net Zero initiative, which focuses on power, water and waste remediation. Net Zero relies on the usage of solar power with minimum generator back up as an option to be more self-sufficient.With this initiative, the BPOTC, now armed with a water purification system using these energy options, can now produce nearly 5,000 gallons of clean water per day."This system provides value in the training center in fact that the soldiers who are consuming the water are going to get World Health Organization quality drinking water," said Bill Garland of the Operation of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Logistics and Technology Office. "The idea is to give soldiers reliable, clean drinking water that they can trust and just refill their canteens, and not have bottled water trucked in."The water purification system, which is manufactured by Aspen, was selected because of its previous deployments with the U.S. Army and Special Operations Forces. Amongst leaders, the system was seen as a perfect way to purify a non-saline water source.Capable of producing 22,000 liters of water per day for the BPOTC, the system has exceeded expectations in both water production and power usage."We always connect water purification with large amounts of energy," said Garland. "In this case, this system is the most energy efficient product per watt and gallon on the market."With clean water, the BPOTC, is able to increase the number of troops trained and reduce the number of man hours needed to transport water and associated waste.Often tasked with hosting and training a battalion-sized element on peacekeeping operations, the BPOTC directly benefits from having and utilizing the water purification system on-site."This system helps in the sense that we don't have to look at an alternate source for water," said Col. Prayog Rana, commandant of the BPOTC. "Also, the chances of someone getting sick because of water-bourn disease is reduced a tremendous amount."Rana said that the implementation of the purification system would allow for a boost in operational capabilities for the BPOTC."20,000 liters of water per day will be surplus to what we can consume daily," Rana said. "It is a big boost to the drinking requirements for this institution."Rana also mentioned that the purification system could allow the BPOTC to support the local population after a natural disaster and share clean water amongst other military facilities in Nepal.While still in the early stages, the Net Zero program has been successful thus far. Though the absolute benefits of the program and purification system may not be seen in it's entirety at this time, those involved are excited about what it could mean for Nepal in the future."What we're learning from our experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, we focus on being effective, but we sometimes forget that a variable of effectiveness is efficiency, said Garland." "That's what we're trying to bring in to the U.N. peacekeeping operation."