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Unparalleled Experience

Compass Water Solutions® (Compass®) serves a global customer base with over forty years of experience designing and manufacturing water treatment equipment, including oily water separators, reverse osmosis fresh water makers, industrial waste treatment systems and the associated filtration and separation components.

Our Mission

Compass® serves a wide range of applications in the marine, offshore oil & gas, chemical and industrial markets. Standard products are designed, developed and manufactured to meet the latest domestic and international standards / regulations for water quality.

Compass® products, parts, and services are available around the world through an extensive network of regional representatives. Each representative is factory-trained in the application, selection, and operation of all our products. Our team of highly qualified technicians is available to assist in installation, operational training, maintenance and troubleshooting around the world.


The Sarex® Company is formed to provide oil-water separators to the US Navy and Coast Guard. The Sarex® Company is formed as a partnership with one of the principal owners being none other than the Hollywood actor John Wayne.

World Water Systems® (WWS™) was founded in 1983 by Justin Branson who left SRS (Separation Recovery Systems) and introduced the HELI-SEP™ as the world’s first filter-less coalescing matrix for processing bilge water. The HELI-SEP™ soon became the benchmark for marine bilge water separators with over 7,000 units sold worldwide. WWS™ purchased the Sarex® Company in 1995.

In 1987, WWS™ introduced the AQUA-SEP™ Reverse Osmosis product line to satisfy the growing needs for high quality potable water around the world. And during the 1990’s, WWS™ developed a host of innovative products utilizing the technologies of coalescence, adsorption, flocculation and membrane to create products for the industrial, marine and offshore markets.

In 1999, Coffin World Water Systems® (CWWS™) was established through an acquisition of World Water Systems® by Coffin Turbo Pump®. This gave CWWS™ the ability to expand its global reach through the long-established sales and service channels of CTP. It also provided the capital to continue the WWS™ tradition of product innovation. In 2004, CWWS developed and released the ULTRA-SEP™ Bilge Water Separator with SPIR-O-LATOR® Membrane Technology. The ULTRA-SEP™ was the first OWS to be certified to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) MEPC 107(49) standard. CWWS™ subsequently developed and released ULTRA-SEP™ Compact Bilge Water Separators for work boats and smaller vessels, helping to ensure compliance with the EPA Vessel General Permit.

Compass Water Solutions® (Compass®) was established in 2010 by separating Coffin World Water Systems® into two companies: Coffin Turbo Pump® and Compass Water Solutions®. The new Compass ® company’s mandate is to focus on a wider range of regulated water filtration, purification and treatment solutions.

Compass Water Solutions® introduces the new System III RO watermaker and moves operations to Tustin, California in order to manage the company’s exponential growth. From this new world headquarters, Compass® continues the tradition leading the market development of water filtration, water purification and oil-water treatment solutions.

Compass Water Solutions® is acquired by CECO Environmental, a leading environmentally-focused, diversified industrial company whose solutions protect people, the environment, and industrial equipment. This acquisition allows for increases in the addressable industrial water technology market by over $250 million, with expected growth rates over six percent CAGR through 2025 for industrial oily-water and seawater reverse osmosis applications.