From Waste Water to Drinking Water

From Waste Water to Drinking Water

In the efforts of turning waste into everyday resources, there are various ongoing projects seeking better ways to manage sanitation processes for developing nations. While the history of philanthropy is beleaguered with well-intentioned inventions that never seem to deliver on their promise, the OmniProcessor, designed and built by a Seattle engineering firm, with the backing of the Gates Foundation has made remarkable progress in turning human waste into electricity, safe drinking water, and clean ash.

The invention uses a steam engine to produce enough energy to convert the next batch of waste, with some to spare, so it does not need an external power source. The prototype is capable of producing a net of 250 Kw of electricity and 86,000 liters of clean drinking water from 100,000 people worth of waste.

Past projects have failed to satisfactorily reduce the health and environmental risks associated with recycled water to acceptable levels. Hopefully, the machine will be successful in its pilot program in Senegal, so philanthropists can make a real impact on the lives of 2.5 billion people who can’t access safe sanitation.

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