We are changing sanitation and
water treatment in the developing world

Bill Gates drinks water produced by the Omni Processor


The Problem

Toilets in the developing world are most commonly located over pits. Septic trucks are hired to pump out the sewage and carry it away. Too often, the dumping site for the sewage is a river, stream, bay, ocean, etc., with no further treatment whatsoever.

This creates a huge problem. The sewage contaminates the drinking water, causing people to get sick.

South Africa

Pit latrine

South Africa

Starting to empty the latrine

West Africa

Emptying the septic truck

West Africa

Trucks empty sewage on the left

West Africa

Open, contaminated water and sewage

East Africa

Contaminated stream next to housing

When pit latrines fill up, people have no choice but to defecate in the open. This ends up running into open drinking water.

More than 800,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year.

East Africa

Nearly 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. This is more than 35% of the world’s population.

East Africa

For further information and source references about global water, sanitation, and hygene (WASH), please see these fast facts at the CDC. CDC Fast Facts

Eliminating the Pathogens and Making Clean Drinking Water

Raw sewage contains many pathogens that are harmful to humans. Fortunately, there is enough energy in the biomass to boil the water and make it bio-safe.

Sewage contains about 80% water and 20% biomass. The biomass has more than enough energy in it to sterilize and boil the water.

Omni Processor

Janicki Bioenergy builds machines of many different sizes that use this energy for sanitation, making clean water, and making electricity.