ADS | The Water and Fuel Expedient Repair System (WaFERS) | ADS, Inc.
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The Air Force relied on their Petroleum, Oil, Lubricants Rapid Utility Repair Kit (POL RURK) to repair or recover mission essential fuel and water distribution systems. This kit was stored in 19 different containers that lacked uniform organization, making it difficult for users to expedient repairs or recoveries. Every minute counts when water and/or fuel aren’t available for airbase operations, so they needed to modernize the system.


ADS worked with Cave Systems and Highland Engineering to develop the Water and Fuel Expedient Repair System (WaFERS). The 19 containers were replaced with a set of 14 modular and scalable capability-based Unit Type Codes (UTCs)—a 26 percent reduction in containers.

The system enables expedient or semi-permanent repair of mission essential water and fuel distribution lines and storage systems that support airbase resiliency and combat sortie generation. WaFERS includes 11 Cave Systems containers, two Sea Box solutions and one Highland Engineering system.

water fuel locker pipes

WaFERS pump and filter UTCs can be used as an adjunct capability with the Fuels Operational Readiness Capability Equipment (FORCE) to get fuel to aircraft.

The technology refresh bypassed an operational pump house using WaFERS pumps, filters, and an array of pipes, fittings, and values feeding fuel into an operational hydrant systems. It achieves a flow rate of 1350 GPM at 170 psi, pushing fuel into a dead headed hydrant loop where trucks accepted fuel as surrogate aircraft.

Using WaFERS pumps and filters, users conducted functional tests to recover fuel from an operational cut and cover tank by extracting fuel from a depth of 35 feet and transferring it over three miles at a rate of 600 GPM to a second tank. They were also able to transfer fuel from the lowest elevation on base to the highest storage elevation at a distance of 2.5 miles at a rate of 1200 GPM.

Contact your ADS Representative to access the Resource Library WaFERS Resource Library

water fuel locker equipment
Damage Scenarios
Based on Threat
Repair OptionsCommon Tools & EquipmentRepair & BypassLay flat Hose (long runs)Line PatchTank PatchWater & Fuel PumpFuel Filter10K Bladder
Major Valve DamageReplace or Bypass**

Major Fitting DamageReplace or Bypass**
Major Damage to Buried PipeInline Repair (Hard Pipe) or Bypass**
Major Damage to Exposed PipeInline repair (L.F. Hose) or Bypass**
Severed PipeInline Repair or Cap**
Punctured Pipe Valve or FittingPatch with Plug, Clamp or Epoxy**
Punctured Tank Small Hole <5”Patch with Plug (Hole up to 5”)**
Punctured Tank Large Hole <23”Umbrella Patch (>5” and 23”)**
Fuel is Above Ground TankRecover/Remove w/600 GPM Pump****
Fuel is Below Ground TankRecover w/ Booster Pump & 600 GPM Pump****
Fuel in PipelineRecover or Extract (Filter, Store)***
Fuel Spill in BermRecover/Extract, (Filter, Store)***
Contaminated FuelRecover/Extract, (Filter, Store)***
Damaged HydrantCap Only**
Destroyed PantographsCap Only**
Pumps Damaged (Beyond Repair)Bypass with Fittings & Hose****
Damaged FilterBypass with Fittings, Hose, Filter***

* Primary Options (take only what is needed)
• Secondary Options

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