How are Bill Gates and Warren Controls involved in reinventing the toilet?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people on the planet has an obsession with poop...well...with improving the technology behind toilet use.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 4.5 billion people do not have access to safe sanitation. When human waste isn’t managed properly, pathogens can seep into the environment, causing diseases like diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid. All which can be prevented if it starts at the source…the toilet which is why in 2011 The Gates Foundation issued a challenge. Appropriately name “The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge”, was a challenge that called on scientists, universities, and companies to come up with a toilet that didn’t require a sewer system to safely dispose of human waste. The Gates Foundation has since contributed $200 million to research and development.

The futuristic models are self-contained, waterless, and use chemicals to transform waste into fertilizer, which Gates says doesn’t smell or have any diseases. They would also have everything processed internally, instead of being connected to a sewage system, which flushes waste far away.

Now here is where the connection comes in...Warren Controls becomes a part in the unthinkable...Turning Fecal Sludge into clean Drinking Water.

Sedron Technology’s new plant, the Janicki Omniprocessor. The Omniprocessor turns large volumes of fecal sludge into clean drinking water, electricity, and ash. Helping to get this sludge to transform, several of the Warren Controls 5800 series valves were used in the plant and became part of this process.

"A sludge processor dries incoming waste, then the system burns solids to create ash and electricity. Then there's a drying process where we evaporate all the liquid to create clean drinking water," says Lucas Reid, a program manager at Sedron Technology.
The Omniprocessor is roughly the size of a basketball court and costs about $2 million to produce, it is made for large communities and produces almost 6,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day! The company sold its first model to a client in Senegal and expects to ramp up production.

These toilet renovations will continue to grow and catch on in the future and Warren Controls is glad to be a part of it.

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