Bill Gates just gave the keynote at a toilet expo

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 2018

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's biggest private philanthropy organization, has committed roughly US$200 million to the toilet project and expects to spend the same amount again before the toilets are viable for wide-scale distribution.

"10 years ago I never thought I'd be so much to know about poop".

The billionaire philanthropist took the stage with a jar of human feces.

The stunt was part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event - a showcase for new toilet technologies.

Gates also said his and Melinda's foundation would be pledging a further 200 million Dollars to encourage more companies to get involved with developing an affordable toilet of the future.

It is the first time Mr Gates' foundation has addressed an event in China, where President Xi Jinping is promoting a three-year "toilet revolution" to build or upgrade 64,000 public toilets by 2020 to help boost tourism and economic growth. There are multiple designs but all work by separating liquid and solid waste. According to gates, new approaches to sterilization of human waste can help prevent almost 500,000 infant deaths and save almost $233 billion a year allocated to the fight against diarrhea, cholera and other diseases, which are caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and problems with personal hygiene.

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"It's no longer a question of if we can reinvent the toilet and other sanitation systems", he said.

Sanitation technology could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of childrenThomas Peter/ReutersHe declared that "today we are on the cusp of a sanitation revolution" and promised to unveil the most significant advances in the field for nearly 200 years.

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 USA dollars in financing for sanitation projects that provide people in all parts of a city, including the poorest neighborhoods, with safely managed sanitation services.

The foundation funded scientists to invent toilets that are self-contained - they take human waste, kill risky pathogens and convert the resulting material into products with potential commercial value, like clean water, electricity and fertilizer. The results of human activity will be processed in it yourself.

Mr Gates said it would be a mistake for the United States to cut aid.

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