Ready, Set, Flush-The Search for the Toilet of the Future
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation announced they are contributing 42 million dollars to help in the development and research for a new toilet that will benefit developing countries.
The luxury of a flush toilet is not available to almost 40 percent of the world due to lack of plumbing and sewage treatment plants.
The Gates Foundation kicked off the “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle this week where more than 200 inventors, designers, and investors came together to celebrate their ideas and inventions creating inexpensive and effective waste management systems suitable for third world countries, AFP reported.
Tuesday Bill Gates said, “Imagine what’s possible if we continue to collaborate, stimulate new investment in this sector, and apply our ingenuity in the years ahead.”
Fecal tainted water and food leads to more than 1.5 million deaths among children annually which is higher than the death rate of those with malaria and AIDS combined. “Inventing new toilets is one of the most important things we can do to reduce child deaths and disease and improve people’s lives,” Gates said.