Poop probably isn’t something you think about all that often. Sure, you do it once or twice a day, 6 times if you just went vegan, but you flush it away and out of sight, out of mind, right? That’s not the case for everyone though.
2 billion people still use improperly drained latrines or just poop wherever. Their waste ends up contaminating water. This waste water makes millions of people sick every year and causes the death of around 700,000 children each year. Many more are permanently sick from these diseases.
For many, there’s no more time to wait for the sanitation systems from developed countries to arrive. They just don’t work in some of these communities! What they need is a new system, and that’s why Bill Gates is drinking poop water.
This is the Omniprocessor:
The Omniprocessor is a huge machine that takes human waste and turns it into awesome things like electricity and clean water. The makers of the machine even let you sell your own poop to them. Nice! The biproduct of the machine is sterilized ash. See for yourself the impact that it’s making:
“The next-generation processor, more advanced than the one I saw, will handle waste from 100,000 people, producing up to 86,000 liters of potable water a day and a net 250 kw of electricity,” says Gates.
This machine can be scaled as large or small as needed. Pretty cool, huh?