Bill Gates Drinking Water Extracted From Human Waste

January 7, 2015

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Second thoughts: it looks like Bill is having them.

This is a video demonstration of the Janicki OmniProcessor, a giant machine that can turn sewer waste (including wadded up toilet paper and actual turds) into electricity, ash, and clean drinking water. It's supposed to be a viable solution for developing countries where sewer waste is often dealt with improperly (i.e. dumped in the nearest river). Sounds promising. Even more promising? A machine that turns dirty bath water into cars. I'm a dreamer.

Keep going for an explanation of how the machine works.

Thanks to Francis, who wants to know if that sewer sludge drinking water is Ninja Turtle safe.

  • S.M. Archer

    A whole bunch of nope right there. I don't care if I've been drinking that water for years, the second you tell me it's recycled pooh water I'll put a gone to my head.

  • GreyGanado

    The stuff you drink is recycled poo water.

  • S.M. Archer

    Yeah, but I don't drink from my faucet or hose, the water I drink usually goes through a few purified systems before I drink it. Also, if you're meaning in the sense that all water is recycled, yeah that's fine and good but watching the direct process happen would freak me out.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    He didn't age well... At least it isn't cancer, I hope.

  • Joel Salazar

    I think he'll survive. He did invent Windows ME, and he didn't need to taste it to know that it was shit.

  • kevin

    So this machine turns doodoo butter into energy, clean water, and money?
    Say what you will about Bill Gates but you can't say the dude's not trying.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I'm wondering what's the fuel for the dryer and the fire.

  • ODwanKenObi

    Didn't the video say it powered it self through the electricity it makes from the poop that gets turned into steam that runs a steam engine that makes the electricity that goes back into running the machine and the extra gets sent to power lines that goes to peoples huts that goes to their wall outlets that they recharge their iphones with? I might have heard it wrong tho.

  • aquarius7373

    Probably the residual battery left in the 400 million iphones tosses each year. Seriously though, there's a reason this is for developing countries. The profits earned back probably barely offset the cost of fuel to run the machine. Still a cheap, viable way to deal with excrement. Only ~1.5 billion people on this planet have toilets. That's a lot of excess poo lying around.

  • captaindash

    Just because ours isn't technically 'lying around', it's still costing a buttload (shaddup) to deal with by the developed world. Good on ya, Gates!

    Remember when people called him the epitome of greed and evil? I guess nobody thought to ask what he wanted all that money for. That's what we get for judging. I just hope this device won't crash every 10 minutes...

  • Rob

    The fuel is literally sewage. Last I checked sewage is pretty darn cheap. . .

  • Closet Nerd

    "Sorry Bill, that was the wrong faucet."

  • ODwanKenObi

    I literally laughed out loud. Good work sir.

  • MustacheHam

    This is impressive.

    But hey folks, the water is perfectly safe. We already drink water that has gone through many many years of processes of recycling and then treatment. This process includes through animal and plant waste. :D

    The More You Know♒★

  • aquarius7373

    My dad always said he enjoyed drinking dinosaur piss filtered through granite more than city water

  • captaindash

    I can't imagine what your birds and bees talk was like.

  • Rix Trix

    That must be his poker face. He took the tiniest sip from the glass, if any water got past those lips at all.

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