The device, the Janicki Omniprocessor turns human waste and water into potable water

By Drew Mackie
Updated January 07, 2015 04:40 PM
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If anyone could afford a glass of the most pristine, rare mountain spring water, it would be Bill Gates, right?

Nonetheless, the water Gates drinks in the video above (which has garnered over 555,000 views in just two days) was produced from human waste. You can watch yourself as the “sewer sludge,” as one of the engineers terms it, travels into the Janicki Omniprocessor via conveyer belt. On the other end? Drinking water, electricity and ash.

“But why would Bill Gates drink sewer water willingly?” you may be asking. He’s doing it to prove a point: Gates used some of his vast fortune to back this project in order to create a solution to the chronic sanitation problems that 2 billion people in the developing world must face each day. And Gates is willing to trust his team of engineers that the water the device produces is safe.

“The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle,” Gates wrote on his blog. “And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe.”

We’ll, ah, just take his word for it.