Around 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 1% of that water is usable for human use. Today there is a global water shortage. The National Geographic quotes the United nations: “water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century,” and the population has increased enormously. The average person in the United States uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day. That’s one person in one day. That is a lot of water. Technology is creating gadgets that save water and in the end, save money too. It’s a win-win situation.
Lately, there were two options available on Kickstarter that use atomizers. They are like extreme aerators and one claims to use up to 98% less water than a conventional tap. The other boasts 70% water savings in the shower.
The sink tap is made by the Altered Company and promises a 98% reduction in water use by atomizing the water coming through it. The water breaks into millions of tiny droplets. This creates a high speed, heavy mist, coming out of your tap, and increases the surface area of the water making it possible for you to come in contact with almost all of the water leaving your tap. See how it works here. The water goes to the job you need to do instead of flowing past it. The Altered:Nozzle, connects to any standard faucet and has two settings, the Mist mode, which is rated at 0.18 liters (.047 gallons) of water per minute, and the Super Saver mode, which is rated at 1.8 liters (.32 gallons) per minute. Compare that to a standard tap at 12 liters (2.5 gallons) per minute.
The nozzle is available in chrome or gold through the Kickstarter campaign and those who back the campaign can expect delivery this December. When the Altered Nozzle is available retail to the general public, it is expected to sell for around $55 dollars.
The Nebia shower head claims to reduce shower water use by 70%, while also being 13 times more thermally efficient. The Nebiaatomizes the water into tiny droplets that have more surface area than the water drops from a conventional shower head, this allows users to get just as clean while also warming the air around them more efficiently. This shower head uses 2.8 liters (.75 gallons) per minute, which is less than the 7.5 liters (2 gallons) per minute from EPA Water Sense-rated fixtures. See it in action here.
The Nebia shower head uses your existing plumbing and installs in less than 30 minutes. It comes with a sliding base that allows you to raise or lower the shower head and a hand-held wand.
If all this information has you eager to try an atomized shower, Tree Hugger has a suggestion. A homemade shower hack that can save at least as much water as the Nebia, and it only costs about $20. Buy a garden sprayer. Get the kind that has a small tank, a wand with a nozzle on the end, and a hand pump to pressurize it. Take the long wand off and use the nozzle on the end of the hose. Fill it with warm water and pump it up, take it into the shower with you, and use that instead of your shower. It might take a little practice to learn how to use it. Don’t fill it to the brim with water, otherwise, it won’t hold the pressure accurately and you might have to constantly pump it. Even if you don’t use it at home, it is a great idea for camping or road trip.
Save water, save money and save the planet. How can you go wrong?