While you and I might complain about New York’s tap water, there are 2 billion people in the world who don’t have access to safe sanitation methods. These are the types of fundamental, real-world problems that humanitarian Bill Gates is on a mission to solve. Which is why Gates is drawing our attention to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a self-powered machine that boils down sewer sludge and, through additional purification methods, transforms it into clean drinking water and electricity. The message is loud and clear: Human refuse is valuable. This would be a huge benefit for parts of the world that still dispose of their waste in latrines (thus polluting valuable water sources).

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The video above documents Gates’ visit to the Janicki Bioenergy facility, where he samples some of the disinfected turd water.

Gates himself had this to say:
“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.”

[via FoodBeast]