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Amazing Innovations: Bill Gates Funds Ingenious Sewage-to-Water Device

6 JAN 2015
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - GAVI Alliance: Melinda French Gates, William H. Gates III

Did you know that worldwide there are 780,000 million people who do not have access to a water source? On top of that, more than 35% of the world, or 2.5 billion people, do not have access to water sanitation. Drinking unclean water causes the death of 801,000 children under 5 every year.

These numbers are astounding, and it puts into perspective how much of a struggle this basic human need is for many people in developing countries. Bill Gates is known for his philanthropic work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates has supported U.S. education, worldwide vaccination and has even held invention competitions for such issues such as how to reinvent the toilet for developing countries.

Now, Bill Gates has made a large contribution to an invention which turns sewage into drinking water. The Foundation has funded the OmniProcessor, a cheap and efficient waste treatment plant which uses steam power and water filtration to convert up to 14 tonnes of sewage into water every day. While the OmniProcessor is only in its testing stages right now, The Foundation has stated that it wishes to bring the device to India, Africa and developing nations around the world. Each treatment plant services 100,000 every day, making this a device which could save thousands of lives.

Source: Wired