What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done to promote a cause? Maybe you participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS last year, and had an ice cold bucket of water dumped over your head (while on camera, of course). Maybe you distributed information around your neighborhood. Maybe you organized a food drive to help those less fortunate during the Christmas season. When we want to bring awareness to a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts, we’re often willing to do what others think is crazy and outlandish – but where do you draw the line? Or, let me rephrase the question: If you were promoting water filtration, would you drink a glass of water made from human feces? Yes? No way – gross!? Maybe? Whether you and I would or not, it’s exactly what Microsoft founder Bill Gates did, and he even went as far as to say it even compared to the best water he’d ever tasted. It’s getting him a lot of publicity, which is exactly what he was trying to do in the first place.
Gates is out promoting the Omniprocessor System which basically takes “sewer water” and through an involved process turns it into clean, safe drinking water. Gates has been deeply impacted by the fact that billions of people around the world, according to the World Health Organization don’t have access to healthy drinking water. Here’s how he describes his glass of the water: “The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe…”
In this day and age, it’s good to see that some “famous” people are still out there and willing to use their own resources to try and make the world a better place. Below is a video of Gates visiting an Omniprocessor site.
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