Bill Gates just revealed a revolutionary toilet design that can operate off-the-grid — and could help bring quality sanitation to communities around the world, Reuters reports.
Gates presented the innovative design to a large audience at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event, a showcase for new toilet technologies in Shanghai, China, while holding a jar of human poop as he made the case for improving sanitation systems on Tuesday.
   

"The current toilet simply sends the waste away in the water, whereas these toilets don't have the sewer. They take both the liquids and solids and do chemical work on it, including burning it in most cases," Gates told Reuters
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Because the toilet doesn't rely on sewage systems or sanitation infrastructure, it can be used just about anywhere, including in remote areas that lack good infrastructure or reliable water sources
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Wealthy countries tend to have robust sewage systems, whereas new cities in developing countries have yet to build them creating a need for toilets that can operate off-the-grid in rural communities and in cities where population growth is outpacing infrastructure.
    


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