'It stinks!': Bill Gates goes down a sewer in Brussels

World Toilet Day is marked on November 19. For billionaire Bill Gates, it was a day that saw him enter a sewer in Brussels to explore the underground water waste system in the city.

The former CEO of software giant Microsoft shared a video of his visit to the Brussels Sewer Museum on Instagram.

“It stinks and there are rats”, the 68-year-old Gates says in the video.

The American billionaire shared a video which showed him going down a sewer and exploring the hidden history of Brussels’ sewage system. It also showed him chatting with scientists to understand how the water waste system functions.

“I explored the hidden history of Brussels’ sewage system—and the role of wastewater in global health—for this year’s #WorldToiletDay,” the video caption read.

Text graphic inserted within the video gives details about the city’s history, tracing it to the 1800s “when the sewage got dumped into the city’s Senne River that led to horrible cholera epidemics.”

“Today, a 200-mile network of sewers and treatment plants process the city’s waste,” it added.

This is not the first time that the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – that also works to raise awareness about a host of global issues including sanitation in developing countries – has got down and dirty to clean up the habitat.

In 2015, the Microsoft founder attempted a scenario of drinking water from “fecal sludge” in 2015. The following year, he posted a picture of himself taking a giant whiff of pit latrine odour. “The stench was foul and made me wince,” he wrote at the time, going on to describe the odour as “a combination of sewage stink, barnyard sweat, and bitter ammonia topped off with vomit (or was it parmesan cheese?).” In 2018, the billionaire shared the stage with a beaker of poop during a speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing.

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