Earlier this year, Bill Gates, our genius computer geek, took one small sip for man, one giant gulp for mankind. In a much-publicized photo, the richest man in America was seen grinning and drinking a glass of water. But it wasn’t – as you might expect for a man of his status – Evian or Fiji water. In fact, about five minutes before the shot was taken, that very water had been raw human sewage.
It seems as part of its ongoing quest to help the more than 2.5 billion people who don’t have access to effective sanitation, the Gates Foundation which includes his wife, has invested in Janicki Bioenergy’s Omni Processor. This low-cost, hyper-efficient sewage treatment plant produces clean drinking water that meets both FDA and World Health Organization standards and generates the very energy it requires to run.
The trial run got a prototype up and running in Washington state, and this year, the company entered the developing world with a plant in Dakar, Senegal. Thanks to an intelligent man and wife who are certainly using their riches to help the world while still making money. Wonder what the label on the bottled water will list as ingredients?