Bill Gates Is Giving $41.5 Million to Building a Better Toilet


The modern-day flush toilet, a norm for those of us in countries that have the infrastructure to support modern-day flush toilets, is actually not affordable in much of the developing world, a situation which leads to general yuckiness, along with diarrheal and other diseases, not to mention, death. What to do about this? Bill Gates is on the case! The Gates Foundation recently put forth a challenge to assorted universities around the world “to reinvent the toilet as a stand-alone unit without piped-in water, a sewer connection, or outside electricity–all for less than 5 cents a day.” They’re giving $41.5 million to the creation of such. Current proposals include”toilets powered by heat, microwaves or solar panels.” [LAT]