11 Aug '11, 12pm

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Imagine a toilet that takes human waste and converts it into minerals for fertiliser and clean water, while harvesting energy in the process. The toilet doesn’t use water, doesn’t need expensive infrastructure of a sewerage system, doesn’t need to be connected to mains electricity and, unlike composting toilets, doesn’t need lots of space and time. If a new multi-million dollar project, the ‘Reinventing the toilet challenge’, is a success, such a toilet may soon become a reality. The first mass sanitation revolution – the invention of the modern flush toilet and sewerage system - happened in the 18th century and is credited with saving more lives than any other advance in healthcare. However, there are still some 2.6 billion people around the world who have to use pit latrines or defecate in the open. Such inadequate sanitation causes an estimated 1.5million children to di...

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