LOUISVILLE, KY. (March 1, 2012) – Today, on the first day of World Water Month, EDGE Outreach is pleased to announce a significant development in the technology and equipment used to combat the world’s unsafe water epidemic. Local engineers volunteered to work with EDGE to develop a new product that is smaller and more efficient than any other water purification system currently available.
EDGE Outreach’s M-100 Chlorine Generator Kit uses ordinary salt (sodium chloride) and a 12-volt car battery to simply and safely produce chlorine gas. When the gas is injected into contaminated water, it is highly effective in killing disease-causing pathogens. The M-100 Chlorine Generator can produce up to 38,000 liters of safe water each day, which is enough to provide 10,000 people with drinkable water on a daily basis.
The World Health Organization states that every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of waterborne diseases, making it the leading cause of death around the world. The majority of victims are young children under the age of five.
EDGE Outreach, a Louisville based 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization whose mission is to bring clean drinking water to developing communities and disaster environments around the world, works every day to change these statistics and put an end to the global water crisis. EDGE empowers ordinary people to provide clean, safe water around the world.
Each new M-100 Chlorine Generator kit costs $750, weighs 15 lbs., or 6.8 kg, and could fit in a small suitcase.
“The M-100 is the culmination of the hard work of an incredible network of people dedicated to saving lives,” says Mark Hogg, Executive Director EDGE Outreach. “Their sense of community, creativity, and compassion has materialized in an elegant tool – simple, affordable, and efficient. We are confident this is a game changer in the work of organizations and people who provide safe water around the world.”
The M-100 is already in operation in various countries. This past year, it was used aboard the USNS Comfort Continuing Promise Mission and most recently in the flood affected areas of Pakistan with great success.
About EDGE Outreach
EDGE Outreach, located at 1500 Arlington Avenue in Louisville, KY, is a non-profit organization that trains, equips, and empowers ordinary people around the world to provide safe and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in their own communities. Since 2001, EDGE has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in more than 23 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, India, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. When EDGE staff and volunteers travel to a developing community to build training centers and install these systems, they also teach nationals how to diagnose their water problems, operate the purification system, repair broken hand pumps, and educate them on effective health and hygiene practices.