Bill gates spends Rs 2667 crore to build toilet functions without sewers

Bill Gates points at a jar containing human feces as he makes a point about the dangers of primitive sanitation

A man looks at a toilet design by Cranfield University at the Reinvented Toilet Expo showcasing sewerless sanitation technology in Beijing, China November 6, 2018. His pitch? To commercialize futuristic toilets that don't need water or sewers.

To make his point, Gates brought on stage a jar of human waste, saying the pathogens it contained could cause diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid - illnesses that kill almost 500,000 children aged under five every year in places without proper sanitation.

It is also unknown if Gates collected it himself.

"That requires the installation of a lot of pipes".

The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank also announced at the expo commitments with the potential to unlock 2.5 billion US dollars in financing for sanitation projects that provide people in all parts of a city, including the poorest neighborhoods, with safely managed sanitation services.

It costs the world more than $200bn (£153bn) a year in healthcare costs and lost income, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He said: "It's a good reminder that in (the jar) there could be 200 trillion rotavirus cells, 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs".

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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has kicked off a Reinvented Toilet Expo in China by using a jar of human faeces as a sidekick.

The foundation funded scientists to invent toilets that are self-contained - they take human waste, kill unsafe pathogens and convert the resulting material into products with potential commercial value, like clean water, electricity and fertilizer.

The world's number 2 economy is in the midst of a drive to improve its notoriously malodorous bathrooms, a campaign President Xi Jinping has dubbed the "toilet revolution". "I am optimistic that eventually, we will find approaches that make great sanitation available to everyone".

Gates noted that the production of these toilets is in its initial phase, and that it will be at least a decade before reinvented toilets reach the masses in the poorest areas.

"The very first ones are still fairly expensive".

On his trip, Mr Gates also appeared at the First China International Import Expo in Shanghai, at a time of tension between the USA and China. "We don't know exactly how long that will take, but we do know it can't happen fast enough".

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