toilets_2014_1200px_v9Bill Gates says the latest plant that can turn human feces into electricity and clean drinking water can save a huge number of lives.

The plant, referred to as the Omniprocessor, was designed and built simply by Janicki Bioenergy and being backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The facility would try to stop diseases caused by contaminated h2o supplies.

A test plant is up and working at Janicki’s HQ north of Seattle, according to a blog post by Gates. The initial operational pilot plant is planned to start in Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, a country located in West Africa.

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“The next-generation processor, more advanced than the one I saw, will handle waste from 100,000 people, producing up to 86,000 liters of potable water a day and a net 250 kw of electricity,” he wrote. “If we get it right, it will be a good example of how philanthropy can provide seed money that draws bright people to work on big problems, eventually creating a self-supporting industry.”Included is usually a video of him drinking a glass from the water produced by the plant, which he describes as “delicious” as well as “as good as any I’ve had outside the bottle. “

“Having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe,” he writes on the post.

The feces is warmed up to 1,832°F to draw the water off, which is then further treated to be certain it is safe. But the dried out feces can then be used up, producing enough heat to generate electricity necessary to extract the water. Excess electricity might be sold to outside users.

Gates says diseases caused simply by poor sanitation kill some 800,000 children every year. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is making an effort to improve sanitation in the developing world.

“Today, in many places without modern sewage systems, truckers take the waste from latrines and dump it into the nearest river or the ocean—or at a treatment facility that doesn’t actually treat the sewage,” he wrote. “Either way, it often ends up in the water supply.”

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