Hydraulic presses are essential for producing hydraulic fluid for water treatment plants.
However, they are also a threat to the environment as they are used to crush the gas they need to pump water.
As a result, the United States Geological Survey is developing a new hydraulic press, the Furby, which could have the capacity to pump more than 40 million gallons of water a day, or as much as one-third of all the water needed for the US.
However the press has been facing threats to its existence, with hydraulic press owners in Germany and Australia reporting that hydraulic press equipment will be destroyed in the next few years if hydraulic fracking is not stopped.
It is also unclear if the US government will support the Furbs in their attempt to preserve hydraulic press operations.
Al Jazeera’s John Burt reports from Washington DC.