The Gates Foundation is challenging universities across the globe to create safe and sustainable sanitation solutions for the developing world.
Last month, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a global strategy to “reinvent the toilet”. In an effort to prevent millions of deaths each year related to poor sanitation, the Gates Foundation is funding 8 universities worldwide with $3 million.
The goal is to design stand-alone toilets that don’t require the extensive sewage infrastructure and volumes of water used by traditional western toilets.
The foundation and its partners are working to develop new tools and technologies that address every aspect of sanitation—from the development of waterless, hygienic toilets that do not rely on sewer connections to pit emptying to waste processing and recycling.
Many of the solutions being developed involve cutting-edge technology that could turn human waste into fuel to power local communities, fertilizer to improve crops, or even safe drinking water. (Source: Gates Foundation)