Bill Gates Drinks Water From Human Waste
Jan 7, 2015, 12:37 PM ET
By GILLIAN MOHNEY
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billionaire Bill Gates
isn’t afraid to put his money where his mouth is, even when it means drinking a glass of water processed from human waste.
Through the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, Gates funded the creation of the Omniprocessor by the bioengineering firm Janicki Bioenergy.
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The machine works by turning sewage sludge into useable electricity and drinkable water within minutes.
“The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle,” said Gates in a written statement. “And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe.”
The machine will be used in a pilot program in Dakar, Senegal
, to see how the local community will react to it.