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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Spend Millions for New Toilets

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It might sound a bit weird at first, maybe even eccentric, but once you discover the reason why, then it will all make sense. I’m talking about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s recent call to have the toilet reinvented. You heard me: the toilet.

We’ve been going potty for decades on that thing and it’s been working fine so far, so why the call for a re-design? That’s because while we all have the luxury of flushing away our undesirable waste, millions┬ábillions of people in various parts of the world aren’t so fortunate.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet

People in developing nations across the globe don’t have access to a continuous supply of water, and therefore, don’t really have anything to flush their toilets with.

You can check out the video below by the Foundation about their new sanitation improvement initiative:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have decided to put in a generous $42 million in new program investments and strategies. But more than that, some of the funds will be channeled into efforts to develop sanitation technology and hopefully come up with a re-design for the toilet.

[via TechCrunch]