For many people worldwide, access to clean and safe drinking water is a luxury that is out of reach. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, 768 million people around the globe do not have access to clean water. But that could all change soon, and the solution may lie in your toilet.
The Omniprocessor is a new plant, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that is capable of turning human waste into clean, safe drinking water. It sounds like a miracle, but recently, Bill Gates proved that this process actually works on camera by drinking a glass of water that had been human waste only minutes before. He actually says that the water is, "delicious" and "as good as any I've had out of the bottle." He further explains on his blog, "having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It's that safe.”
According to CNN Money, the science behind the processing plant actually involves heating the waste to 1,000 degrees Celsius evaporating all water (which is then filtered and treated) and leaving only the solid waste. The dried-out feces is then burned in order to generate the electricity needed to operate the plant. So in essence, nothing is wasted at the Omniprocessor.