Bill Gates has unveiled a waterless toilet

Lester Mason
November 7, 2018

"I honestly believe trade allows every country to do what it's best at", he told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's biggest private philanthropy organization, has committed roughly US$200 million to the toilet project and expects to spend the same amount again before the toilets are viable for wide-scale distribution.

Placing a jar of faeces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a "Reinvented Toilet" Expo in China. "And I definitely never thought that Melinda would have to tell me to stop talking about toilets and faecal sludge at the dinner table".

Three years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for improvements to toilets across the country in a campaign known as the "toilet revolution".

"They take both the liquids and solids and do chemical work on it, including burning it in most cases". "We can help jump-start a new era of safe sanitation for the 21st century by developing solutions that can leapfrog today's existing infrastructure, functioning anywhere and everywhere". As adoption of these multi-unit toilets increases, and costs decline, a new category of reinvented household toilets will become available, the Gates Foundation said.

Gates went on to explain that the aforementioned pathogens cause diseases that kill almost 500,000 children under the age of 5 every year. "20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs". He said providing sanitation is a step toward reducing poverty.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Gates discussed the inequalities in sanitation access.

He explained how a toilet designed by Swiss engineering firm Helbling worked, discharging some liquid but filtering most of it back into the flushing tank for reuse. "As we have all these newer cities with lots of less wealthy people in them, those sewers have not been built and in fact, it's not likely they will ever be, so the question is, could you do it?"

Without cost-effective alternatives to sewers and waste-treatment facilities, urbanization and population growth will add to the burden.

The initial demand for the reinvented toilet will be in places like schools, apartment buildings, and community bathroom facilities.

"You're saving all the costs of the waters, the processing products, but we have to bring it down by nearly a factor of 10 from what the models are like - but that's not atypical for new product markets".

This isn't Gates' first stunt to grab the attention of the pooparazzi.

The world's two largest economies have been engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war over tariffs for much of the year.

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