Turning human waste into clean water

The sanitation and drinking water challenge of third world countries is a top initiative for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The sanitation and drinking water challenge of third world countries is a top initiative for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Researchers at Duke University and University of Missouri are embarking on a journey to solve the sewage and water crisis in third world countries.

“According to the World Health Organization, ‘2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility. About 2 million people die every year due to diarrheal diseases; most of them children less than 5 years of age.'”

A “Re-Invent the Toilet Challenge” grant was awarded to Duke University from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a demonstration unit for sewage treatment.

The demonstration unit will sanitize the collected waste of approximately 1200 people.  By-products will include hot water and fertilizer.  The goal is to have a unit that fits into a 20ft shipping container and ready by summer 2014. Testing should take place at Duke in late summer or fall of 2013.

Read more about this life-saving story here. 

To learn more about industrial water treatment technologies you may contact Advanced Waste Services below.

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