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).
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.”