Aqua-Chem provides solutions to your pure water needs. Our portfolio includes a full range of thermal and membrane water treatment technologies including vapor compression distillation, flash evaporation, reverse osmosis, membrane filtration, and ion exchange. We ask questions to learn about your challenges and listen intently to understand your needs. From there, we develop recommendations specific to your industry, application, and situation. Whether you need pure water for biotech production or potable water on an offshore oil rig, we’ve been there. Our team will work with you to design and engineer solutions that meet your specifications. While we don’t specialize in any one industry (we specialize in the application of knowledge and processes from industry to industry), we have a strong track record in a range of industries and markets. We will draw on our years of experience in a variety of industries to solve problems in ways you never expected. And we’ll be there for you down the road with service and support for the life of your unit, including maintenance and parts. From World War II to the present, we’ve made sure that deployed troops have safe drinking water. Whether it’s cholera in Rwanda or floods in the United States, Aqua-Chem has been there. We partner with customers in countries around the world to deliver quality water for consumption, healthcare, and industrial processes. Since our inception, Aqua-Chem has valued the idea that industrial equipment and water treatment should be more efficient and more reliable. We’ve spent every day since then working to make that happen. And, in the process, made the world a better place.

Aqua-Chem Company History


Former parent, Cleaver-Brooks, begins boiler business water purification division.


Aqua-Chem is commissioned by the United States Military to design mobile distillation units to provide drinking water to federal troops during WWII.

Aqua-Chem supports all branches of the US military


Aqua-Chem designs and produces a seawater desalinating system for the United States Military. This produces a long-lasting relationship resulting in Aqua-Chem equipment currently used on 263 out of 276 ships in the Navy Fleet.

Aqua-Chem Supports the US Military with Equipment that makes clean water


Aqua-Chem revolutionizes the thermal distillation process by creating the horizontal Spray-Film vapor compression technology. This technology would go on to be the industry benchmark for the generation of Distilled Water and Water-for-Injection through superior bacteria and endotoxin removal and unmatched equipment reliability and performance.


Aqua-Chem Supports US Troops Military

Aqua-Chem becomes the product developer and prime production contract supplier to the United States government for transportable water purification systems for military use, and later also for civilian emergency use. These systems are known as Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units (ROWPUs) and deliver 3,000 gallons of water per hour in field use.


Aqua-Chem revolutionizes the pharmaceutical market providing one of the first 3000 GPH Vapor Compression Distillers.


Tactical Water Purification System

Aqua-Chem develops and deploys the first 1,500 GPH Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS) for use by the US Army / Marines. These systems are compact and product potable water from a broad range of water sources, including seawater.


Aqua-Chem Pretreatment Water Filtration Equipment

Aqua-Chem builds on its decades of success as a primary purification equipment supplier by expanding its product line to include pre and post-treatment equipment. This makes Aqua-Chem a complete water room equipment supplier for the beverage and bottled water industries.


Aqua-Chem develops a 6,000 lb/hour Clean Steam Generator (PSG-6000) for a large East Coast USA pharmaceutical manufacturer. The PSG-6000 units expand the Aqua-Chem Pure Steam Generator portfolio to include 9 PSG standard units in a range of sizes and outputs, in addition to their custom design capabilities.


Aqua-Chem Military 6800gpd water equipment

Aqua-Chem designs and manufactures a 78,000 GPD Reverse Osmosis system for the US Navy- AOE Ship Class. These fast combat ships are designed to function as an oiler, ammunition, and supply ship to support other US navy ships on assignment.


Aqua-Chem demonstrates its commitment to the US Pharmaceutical market by developing Pretreatment, Storage, and Distribution systems to complement its standard-setting vapor compression distillers.


Aqua-Chem Sanrodi Reverse Osmosis

Aqua-Chem delivers the first Reverse Osmosis/Deionization with distribution tank systems for Pharmaceutical PW applications.


Aqua-Chem broadens its product offering in the energy sector by providing oil platform-driven 40 ton per day reverse osmosis systems. Clean water is not just vital for the humans on the platform but is also used in the extraction and refinery processes.


Aqua-Chem acquires Specific Equipment Company (Texas), expanding ACI’s customer base and product offerings in the Offshore Oil & Gas market.

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Horizontal Design Vapor Compression

The first 6000 GPH system for use in the pharmaceutical industry is designed, engineered, and manufactured by Aqua-Chem for a West Coast Pharmaceutical manufacturer.


Aqua-Chem acquires and integrates the assets of Enviro-Solutions (Tennessee), expanding our ability to support the growing Chinese and Asian Biotech markets, including manufacturing, sales and aftermarket services.

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Altus Capital Partners sells Aqua-Chem to majority stockholder Crimson Investments.

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Aqua-Chem continues growth in Beverage market, launching standard product lines of Carbon Towers and Reverse Osmosis Systems.


Aqua-Chem announces the launch of TORRENT™ Ambient Water for Injection (WFI) and Purified Water (PW) for generating compendial water for pharma and biopharma applications.

Ambient Water for Injection and Purified Water Generation Systems


Aqua-Chem becomes the North American platform and water purification global center of excellence of Nijhuis Saur Industries (NSI), the Industrial arm of Saur.

Aqua-Chem Acquired by Saur

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