Celebrate World Water Day

Safe drinking water is a vital human need, but one that millions of people around the world still lack access to. On this World Water Day, MSR celebrates those who are working tirelessly to help tackle this global crisis. From our NGO and university partners, to local village leaders, to our in-house team, and those of you who contributed to our Community Chlorine Maker Campaign—thank you for your generosity, efforts and never-ending passion to improve lives. Together, we’re creating the important technologies and doing the hard work that leads to true and lasting change. Learn more about what MSR partners are doing to contribute in stories below. Our Research & Development Partners MSR, Stanford & PATH Test Chlorine Dosing Prototype in Kenya The support of MSR’s research and development partners…

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Designing MSR’s Community Chlorine Maker

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Since it debuted in 2015, MSR’s Community Chlorine Maker has provided many communities in the developing world with a simple water treatment tool that makes chlorine using just salt, water and electricity. While the device is revolutionary for advancing global health, the science and technology behind it is far from new. In fact, the technology dates back more than a decade to a product developed for the U.S. military. Today, many still remember that device: The MIOX Pen was a hand-held purifier that generated chlorine using only water, salt and electricity from two small batteries. 1998: MSR meets MIOX® By 1998, the military had recognized that purifying water in the field was a key tactical advantage for service members. Seeking a way to generate chlorine on the spot, the military turned to two…

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This is the Most Important Piece of Gear We’ve Ever Made

By the MSR Global Health Team At MSR we believe in the power of technology to transform lives. We’ve witnessed how a stove can help change mountaineering history or how a tent can help enable a record-setting expedition. But this may be the most important piece of gear we’ve ever made. And we’re asking you to help us get it into the hands of the people who need it most. The problem: Help us get safe water to 500,000 people in need. Contribute NOW! Water is the most basic human need. But 1.8 billion people still get their daily drinking water from a fecally contaminated source. This puts them at risk for debilitating and deadly diseases, which prevent work, education and economic growth for these communities. It’s estimated that every…

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Tiny Tablets Make a Giant Impact on Global Water Treatment

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For more than 100 years, the chlorination of drinking water has been critical to reducing waterborne diseases around the world. As a water treatment method, chlorine is safe, effective and low-cost, making it practical for everything from large-scale municipal systems to family water treatment in rural villages of the developing world. It’s no surprise, then, that harnessing the benefits of chlorine in a tablet form would offer significant advantages—delivering chlorine’s benefits to many across the globe. For 20 years, Aquatabs® purification tablets have been doing just that. These tiny chlorine-based tablets have offered an innovative water treatment solution to backpackers, NGOs, disaster relief agencies and defense forces on a large scale. In fact, this year, 5.5 billion liters of water worldwide have been made drinkable thanks to the tablets. Why…

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MSR’s Water Lab Explores Technologies for Developing Nations

Just two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen, water itself is elemental. But the science behind clean water and water treatment technologies is complex. That’s why MSR is home to a dedicated water research lab. The five scientists who staff the lab develop and test water treatment solutions not just for MSR’s outdoor customers, but also for communities in the developing world that are faced with clean-water challenges. Take a look inside the lab to learn about the fascinating work this team does to keep MSR Global Health at the forefront of water treatment innovation. Next, read MSR’s Complete Guide to Water Treatment Basics

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The Well-Studied Water Treatment Benefits of Chlorine

The chlorination of public drinking water has been hailed as one of the most significant advancements in public health of the last century. Since its adoption in the U.S. in 1908, the initiative has helped to virtually eradicate most waterborne diseases in the industrialized world—an achievement that’s been central to the economic and social development of these nations. Today, the majority of municipal water supplies in the developed world are disinfected using chlorine-based solutions, either alone or in combination with others. Because of this, chlorine is thoroughly researched and scientifically well understood. Long has it proven to be a safe, effective, economical and widely applicable water treatment method. It’s because of chlorine’s advantages and numerous benefits that MSR Global Health’s water treatment technologies have focused on its applications. How Chlorine…

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