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Bill Gates New Toilet To Go

July 16th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 48 secs

Mel & Bill Gates new toilet could be a life saver.

No, Bill and Mel haven’t had an expensive bathroom redo. Bill Gates new toilet plan is much grander than that. It’s an ambitious move to do what nobody has ever done before: make toilets that smell better, don’t rely on running water, provide a clean drinking supply, and maybe – just maybe – provide useful fuel. If that’s not enough, they want these toilets to be easy to install and cost no more than five cents per use.

In a bid to truly make the world a better place, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been pouring $42 million into a project to elevate sanitation for the 2.6 billion people on the planet who still lack the most basic of toilet facilities. Given the obvious benefits of containing sewage to curb disease, Bill Gates new toilet could well be the biggest health breakthrough in modern times.

But the challenges are pressing. Apart from the need to contain hazardous waste, services in poorer regions around the globe are scant. Sure, there are already a variety of composting toilets, chemical, and electrical systems already available. But all lack the cost effectiveness and rugged durability required to work consistently where people are dirt poor.

To cut infant mortality in developing nations and lift people’s quality of life, the requirements for Mel & Bill Gates new toilet are a major design challenge. Each must be a standalone device that doesn’t require plumbing or electrical connections, and they have to be easy to use. Developed correctly, this ingenious toilet won’t just save the lives of thousands, but millions of people.

By applying the latest in nanotechnology, Bill Gates new toilet will be able to capture wastewater and then recycle it into precious potable water (where drinking water is scarce and often polluted). What’s more, it could even become the powerhouse for local energy supply, producing vital biofuels.

After giving twenty-two universities the chance to submit their proposal to create a better toilet, eight universities were given grants to pursue their designs. One of the scientists championing the way is Dr Sarah Haigh at the University of Manchester. A nanotech expert, Dr Haigh is optimistic their version will work. But whether their final prototype is chosen in August 2013, or the ultimate result is a hybrid design, it’s a relief knowing someone is taking on this pressing challenge to give people the sanitation and dignity they deserve. So well done to all who are working on this important project and here’s hoping that Bill Gates new toilet will soon be open for business.


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