WaterStep is proud to announce that its innovative M-100 Chlorine Generator will be featured in the 2013 Sustainia100 Guide, which identifies 100 of the world’s most impactful and sustainable solutions. The M-100 was selected using the five evaluation criteria: readily available, positive environmental impact, financially viable, improve quality of life and scalability.
The M-100, which is currently deployed in more than 25 countries around the world including Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Kenya and Uganda, was developed with the help of volunteer engineers from General Electric (GE). The M-100 is a chlorine generator small enough to fit in a carry-on suitcase, yet powerful enough to provide safe water for thousands of people each day. It uses table salt and a 12-volt car battery, or solar panels, to simply and safely produce chlorine gas. When the gas is injected into contaminated water, it is highly effective in killing disease-causing pathogens and can produce up to 38,000 liters of safe water each day.
The World Health Organization states that more than 3.4 million people die as a result of waterborne disease every year, making it the leading cause of death around the world. The majority of victims are young children under the age of five.
“We knew when we were developing the M-100 that it had great impact potential in terms of its ability to save lives,” says Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep. “To be selected among thousands of humanitarian-focused solutions as one of only a handful that will included in the 2013 Sustainia100 Guide makes us extra proud and gives us tremendous credibility.”
“Congratulations to the selected 100 solutions,” states Erik Rasmussen, Founder of Sustainia. “They are true action heroes of sustainability. In each of their fields, these solutions have proved that sustainable alternatives are not only available, but also attractive, competitive and successful. Each and every solution gives us hope for a faster transformation to a sustainable future.”
From Canada to Kenya, Guatemala to the Philippines, Sustainia100 presents the 100 most innovative and impactful solutions out of 500+ nominated projects and technologies. Overall, Sustainia100 maps sustainable solutions successfully deployed in 128 countries. Sustainia100 is a tool for investors, business leaders, decision makers and consumers as it provides insights to the most promising solutions at the forefront of sustainable transformation. Sustainia100 covers innovative solutions in 10 defined sectors: Education, Energy, Health, Smart Cities, Resources, Buildings, Food, Fashion, Transportation and Information Technology. To view the Sustainia100 Fact Sheet, click here.
As a selected Sustainia100 solution, the M-100 also enters the field of nominees for the international sustainability award, Sustainia Award, chaired by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The winner of the Sustainia Award will be announced at a ceremony in Copenhagen on November 7, 2013.
To learn more about WaterStep, check out our What We Do page, and read the Sustainia100 guide here.