How two Seattle organizations are crowdfunding clean water for half a million people

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The MSR SE200 Community Chlorine Maker may be small, but this briefcase-size device packs a powerful punch. It uses salt, water, and as little as 12 volts of electricity to produce chlorine. In just five minutes, the SE200 can manufacture enough of the chemical to sanitize 200 liters of drinking water. When the device was unveiled last year by global development nonprofit PATH and outdoor gear manufacturer Mountain Safety Research (MSR), the global development world was abuzz. The SE200 could be revolutionary in developing countries, where sanitation and clean drinking water are still major public health concerns.

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