We wouldn’t be as close to developing toilets that don’t require sewers or water lines
Recognizing the importance of having access to toilets, Gates and his foundation hosted the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing in November 2018, hoping to find feasible, scalable solutions to a worldwide sanitation crisis.
Specifically, having new, off-grid sanitation products and systems could reduce deaths of half a million children under the age of five each year and the more than $200 billion that is lost due to health care costs and decreased income and productivity, according to the foundation’s website.
“This Expo showcases for the first time radically new, decentralized sanitation technologies and products that are business-ready,” Gates said during the opening plenary of the Reinvented Toilet Expo. “It’s no longer a question of if we can reinvent the toilet and other sanitation systems. It’s a question of how quickly this new category of off-grid solutions will scale.”