Gates Foundation Awards $4.2 Million for Sanitation Technology

Gates Foundation Awards $4.2 Million for Sanitation Technology

Wisconsin-based Crane Engineering has announced a $4.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of efforts to improve sanitation in developing countries.

The grant will support development of the Mobile Septage Treatment System, a new technology that processes human fecal sludge into non-potable water for agricultural or industrial use. Based on a prototype tested in 2017, the pathogen-killing waste treatment system will be viable in a range of environments, including dense urban settlements, where poor sanitation poses the greatest risks to human health.

According to the World Health Organization, 4.5 billion people worldwide lack safely managed sanitation services, while 361,000 children under the age of five die every year from diarrhea caused by poor sanitation and contaminated water.

"Over the summer, we traveled to Ghana and Uganda to see the problem firsthand," said Mark Hassman, a program director at Crane Engineering. "We witnessed the impact that human waste and open sewers running through the streets had on communities. Our project goal is focused on saving lives by providing a sustainable sanitation solution."

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