Bill Gates Wants to Rethink the Humble Toilet

Read the full post at DesignTaxi.

Water sanitation is a huge health concern in most parts of the developing world that even designers are attempting to solve the problem.

Now, technologist-turned-philanthropist Bill Gates is now hoping to address that issue with a new initiative that hopes to reinvent the humble toilet.

Gates and his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is ponying up US$42 million in grants to be awarded to university teams who can develop a better flushing porcelain pot. These pots have to be able to capture and store waste hygienically as well as be able to process waste into energy or fertilizer—all for the operational cost of US$0.05 per user, per day.

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