Billionaire Bill Gates drinks water made from human waste

NEW YORK - Bill Gates, US business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer and inventor, is committed to raising awareness around the issue of sanitation in developing countries.

Mr Gates funded Janicki Bioenergy, a small engineering firm based outside of Seattle, which makes water from human waste. In a video released recently he drinks the water that the company has made from waste and announces that "it is water".

In a blog post, Mr Gates writes that he "watched the piles of faeces go up the conveyor 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".

Though people might wonder why Mr Gates is doing this, it appears a no-brainer for him. Sanitation in developing countries is a huge problem. Poor waste disposal causes the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children each year and prevents them from developing both mentally and physically, as Gates notes in his blog post on the new technology.

"If we can develop safe, affordable ways to get rid of human waste, we can prevent many of those deaths and help more children grow up healthy," Mr Gates writes.

Doulaye Kone, senior programme officer at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says: "The sanitation system as we know it in the developed world cannot work in developing countries. So ... in developing countries (we need) very simple systems."

The end of the laborious process involves purifying human waste by heating it into a vapour, then condensing it and creating water. The remaining sludge is then heated in a steam engine and produces electricity and ash.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is backing a pilot project for Janicki’s project in Senegal later this year.

Comments (22)

Disgusting, this can only be an advert or something! it is really that very huge gap between first world and third world...but still cannot see this coming to Zimbabwe-we fail to make drinking water from our dams...wow

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 7 January 2015

We thought these human waste is manure for third world countries, we use pit latrines when full we cover them up then plant on top,there!!! you have your organic plant.Let him drink this,i thought if he could make manure out of all the developed world human waste and ship it to developing worlds then that what we call teaching them how to survive.

todiizvazvo - 7 January 2015

Tatanga, in Harare we have been drinking human waste since 2000, Now just because its Bill gates then its fashionable, nxaaaa

todiizvazvo - 7 January 2015

He is born a RISK TAKER.

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TAWANDA - 8 January 2015

Tawanda you cheap, pay an advert proper!!!! nxaaaa

UNCLE REAL - 8 January 2015

The reason why some are getting richer while we getting poorer is simple, we fool ourselves to be too intelligent and up there. He is doing a project set to change lives and we not even embracing it but instead we pouring doubts. Watch the money he will make out of this!!!!

UNCLE REAL - 8 January 2015

ko yatiri kunwa haisi kubva kumaste here

nizzy - 8 January 2015

With all due respect most of the comments posted above are based on ignorance. For your own information, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has funded Sanitation technology initiatives suitable for the Third World (Asia, Africa, South America) for some time now. The funding has been directed to Scientists based in research institutions within these regions, which I think its quite noble. In this regard, South Africa, your neighbour has significantly benefited and research outcomes are now at Pilot Scale in SA with Pilot Studies currently co-funded by the SA government & BMGF. Its unfortunate that not much technological based research still takes place in Zim Institutes of higher learning these days and as a result people lag behind in terms of knowledge of this kind. I have personally met Dr Doulaye Kone in one of the Workshops in SA, and I can tell you as a Scientist that these new innovations are going to be a game changer in as far as sanitation issues are concerned in the Third World, particularly Africa, and more specifically Zimbabwe, i.e. if you embrace this.

Gudo - 8 January 2015

Thanks for the information Gudo, Zimbabwe has a long way to go as far being progressive is concerned. True, some comments are based on ignorance and living in an analogue age as opposed to living in a digital age. In this wretched country of ours, a culture of just wanting to bling has dangerously been incalcritated in our mind sets. There are not many innovative individuals in this 4th WORLD country of ours, instead we just have a nation of traders, retailers, buyers and sellers. Limited industrialization and quantum mechanics mind sets. Even the media gives a lot of attention to moribund politicians who focus on non-developmental issues. Heavy underdevelopment has been taking place for the last 16 years. Bill gates, probably has a net worth more than Zimbabwe's net worth. His net worth of over $80billion is more than 8 fold our GDP. Some comments above give resonance to the fact that we are the second poorest country in the World. We need the media to focus less on low IQ selfish inept , power-hungry politicians, focus should be directed more to entrepreneurs, benevolent and altruistic individuals. If we serious about being progressive and improving the socioeconomic well being of our citizens, we need legislation that promotes entreprenuers, innovative entrepreneurs, not retail and trading entrepreneurs like clothing boutique owners who squeeze most of the dollar by importing groceries and Giorgo Armani. We need the Henry Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers and Morgans ( not Tsvangirai, but JP).

Tawa - 8 January 2015

To buttress the fact the most stakeholders in this 4th World country have their priorities misplaced look at the number of comments made on political squabbles which have no material, financial or spiritual dividend. The number of comments made on this progressive human advancement issue is far less than comments on a headline like "Mnangagwa consolilidates power". The media is undoubtedly one on the most influential stakeholders in the way we view the world. That they out to sell newspapers, and maximum sales can only be realized if they have a catchy headline like "Makandiwa warns politicians". ( a headline which by the way has had some of the highest number of comments) This is good for business as far as media houses are concerned. What really is our daily bread as readers and consumers? We want to hear those political and religious controversies as if they were our daily bread and the media will aptly feed us this moribund political news largely based on speculation on the actions of mortals. We need not to be blighted by dogma, but instead have a paradigm shift in our mind sets and daily bread. Issues addressing the advancement of mankind and improving our spiritual and socioeconomic well being should be the order of the day and daily bread. God created us to be progressive human beings because he is a God of perfection

Tawa - 8 January 2015

To buttress the fact the most stakeholders in this 4th World country have their priorities misplaced look at the number of comments made on political squabbles which have no material, financial or spiritual dividend. The number of comments made on this progressive human advancement issue is far less than comments on a headline like "Mnangagwa consolilidates power". The media is undoubtedly one on the most influential stakeholders in the way we view the world. That they out to sell newspapers, and maximum sales can only be realized if they have a catchy headline like "Makandiwa warns politicians". ( a headline which by the way has had some of the highest number of comments) This is good for business as far as media houses are concerned. What really is our daily bread as readers and consumers? We want to hear those political and religious controversies as if they were our daily bread and the media will aptly feed us this moribund political news largely based on speculation on the actions of mortals. We need not to be blighted by dogma, but instead have a paradigm shift in our mind sets and daily bread. Issues addressing the advancement of mankind and improving our spiritual and socioeconomic well being should be the order of the day and daily bread. God created us to be progressive human beings because he is a God of perfection

Tawa - 8 January 2015

positive developments indeed. in future due to over population one wil just recycle his/ her waste at home.

blair - 9 January 2015

Good developments indeed. Those in the West are ahead of us. Dhodhi hatirigoni veduwee ngatitangei paweti/mutundo. Let's start by recycling urine ndapota hangu. Godzva ummm ringatinetsa chokwadi! Sorry for the explicit terminology...

Kunda Kinde - 9 January 2015

We have been drinking contaminated urine with a little water here in Harare. So please publicize us for such a stunt spanning well over 15 years. Send Bill Harare Council Urine from City Father's taps. kkkkk he will say its WWWWurine. This stunt is good for developed world developing. Here in Africa we need truck loads of US$. pLEASE Bill give us some money not stunts.

Goho - 9 January 2015

about 71% of the Earth' s surface is water covered. tingashandise mvura yetsvina kumwa here arume?

gomana - 9 January 2015

sometimes we as Zimbabweans we are used to a culture of prejudice, here is a billionaire Bill interested in philathropic work with his wealth by investing in livelihood changing initiatives ndopaunonzwa mumwe munhu achiti iadvert or he is trying to pull a stuch. Ladies and gentlemen there is no stunt there, if yu follow the article or video of that project you find out that Bill noted that technology from the first world is more advanced than ours so there is need to use the readily simple not sophisticated technology. By the way that project would be used in Africa not America. Its attitude and kind of mindset like Bill's which endevour to help other underpriviledged people among us.

itai tione - 20 January 2015

Petrol engine was developed not that we take away the diesel engine. Only adding to tech menu. You look at the parameters against your situation then choose the right fit. The same with any other tech. Adds to the menu. Not saying eat this now but you can eat if you like. Hope this analogy is clear.

muverengi - 20 January 2015

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