Back in November, Bill Gates drank a glass of water that had been made from a pile of feces. And yes I mean poop! According to GatesNotes.com, the official “Blog of Bill Gates”…
“The occasion was a tour of a facility that burns human waste and produces water and electricity (plus a little ash). I have visited lots of similar sites, like power plants and paper mills, so when I heard about this one—it’s part of the Gates Foundation’s effort to improve sanitation in poor countries—I was eager to check it out.”
After tasting, Gates claimed the water wasn’t bad, and said that it was as good as any he’s had out of a bottle. The machine, known as the “Omniprocessor”, is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki Bioenergy and is the size of a house.
Check out the video below to see how it works and to see Bill Gates drink some himself.
The hope is to bring the Omniprocessor to developing countries that could greatly benefit from this process.
According to statistics from the recent UNICEF Tap Project, 768 million people lack access to safe, clean drinking water, 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation and 1,400 children die every day from diseases linked directly to unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation.
A machine like the Omniprocessor solves three problems: it safely disposes of human waste and produces both clean water and energy. According to BusinessInsider…
“The only prototype is located just north of Seattle, but there are plans for a pilot project in Dakar, Senegal, later in 2015. From there, they hope to expand.”