Okay. We were all on board for LifeStraw – the cheap and simple filter that’s bringing clean drinking water to third world countries. This one is a little harder to stomach.
Bill Gates has been championing the Omniprocessor, a safe repository for human waste. One of the biggest plumbing safety issues is when sewage is allowed to enter and contaminate water used for human or animal consumption. In most places, sewage which makes its way out into the lakes and oceans is typically dumped too far out to create a reasonable risk of contamination. In some third world countries, however, the contamination of drinking water with raw sewage is a serious and common issue.
The Omniprocessor provides a safe and highly economical solution. It uses a steam engine, producing enough energy with each batch of processed sewage to process the incoming batch. It’s also odorless, and meets US emissions standards. There are newer models of Omniprocessors in development now which are capable of producing up to 86,000 liters of potable water and netting 250 kw of usable electricity per day. These models are also said to be capable of handling the waste of 100,000 people.
Let’s not kid ourselves. The “cons” are obvious here. No one’s first choice in hydration is reprocessed waste water. However, the residents who stand to benefit the most from this plumbing innovation are likely not going to be too choosey with where safe healthy water is coming from.
No one’s pretending the Omniprocessor will be a smash hit in the US, but the potential impact this could have on the global health crisis brought about by unsafe plumbing practices (a crisis which claims the lives of over 700,000 children each year) is enormous!
At Tritan Plumbing, we love hearing about new and innovative developments which stand a chance at making a dent in the number of people affected by poor plumbing and sanitation practices. In the meantime, however, we’ll continue providing the fastest and friendliest plumbing services in Illinois. Tritan offers 24-hour emergency plumbing and plenty of deals and discounts on our amazing service offerings. Contact Tritan Plumbing today for drain cleanings, broken or leaking pipes, installations, and more.