November 28, 2016

Portable chlorine generator to bring safe water and prevent 502,00 deaths from diarrheal illnesses every year

The MSR (Mountain Safety Research) Community Chlorine Maker is changing lives with just salt, water, a battery, and five minutes’ time. By creating chlorine on the spot, it empowers users to create their own chlorine for drinking water treatment that otherwise would be unavailable or unreliable. But with 1.8 billion people around the world still drinking from a contaminated source, this device is needed now more than ever. Our goal is to deploy 2,500 of these devices by the end of 2017 and get them into the hands of those that need it most, providing safe water treatment for 500,000 people around the globe. We just need to get them out there. That’s where you come in. Your contribution will help fund the deployment of this life-changing technology to communities who need it desperately.

The World Health Organization estimates 502,000 people around the world die from diarrheal illnesses every year. With just a touch of chlorine those numbers can be reduced drastically. Chlorine is powerful enough to kill disease-causing microbes, preventing illnesses such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid. The problem is in low resource settings, chlorine is often unavailable or expensive due to the difficulties relating to transport and degradation.

With the Community Chlorine Maker, enough chlorine can be created on the spot to treat up to 200 liters of water in just five minutes. All it takes is a few simple steps.

Salt: A solution of salt and water is mixed before it’s added to the Community Chlorine Maker.

Power: The device is connected to either a 12v battery or wall plug.

Start: At the press of a button, the device begins an electrolysis process, creating chlorine in about five minutes.



MSR partners, World Vision and Operation Blessing, are ready, able, and in need of a minimum of 2500 devices to quickly provide water treatment for 500,000 people. With every device sent, we’re able to educate more low-resource communities on how to treat their water, giving them the power to control their own safe drinking water.

Mountain Safety Research's Community Chlorine Maker (now on Indiegogo) was first developed at DARPA; it was standard issue for the Marine Corps for a time. But it's taken new engineering and user experience design to make it a mainstream device, usable even by people with little education or training.






SOURCES- MSR, Indiegogo

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