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Bill Gates Helps Make Water From Human Waste

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Screen capture from a video in which Bill Gates sips a sample from a machine that converts human waste into clean drinking water.

Bill Gates will put his money where his mouth is when it comes to getting potable water to developing countries.

On his blog, Gates posted a video of a machine that makes “sewage sludge” a renewable resource.  Developed by Sedro-Woolley company Janicki Bioenergy, the project is being funded by the Gates Foundation.

Called the Omniprocessor, the machine burns solid human waste and transforms it into electricity, clean ash and, most importantly, clean drinking water.

So clean that Bill Gates would drink it — and he does.

“It’s water,” he says, after taking a sip.

Janicki is still testing the Omniprocessor. The company plans to place a machine in Senegal as part of a pilot project later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVzppWSIFU0