Did you know that conventional showers send about 19,000 gallons of water down the drain every year?
There are lots of ways to reduce personal water consumption. You could take shorter showers, install a low-flow shower head, or use a shower bucket to save falling water for other uses in your home and garden.
But these changes require resources, tools, and more importantly, time and effort.
What if your shower could just save water automatically?
An Australian company is winning awards left and right for a shower design that does just that.
CINTEP’s water recycling shower will look and feel just like a normal shower, but will use 70 percent less water than conventional designs.
The recycling shower captures used water in a reservoir, which is likely to be built into the base of the shower. The water is then filtered in a component called a hydrocyclone, which uses similar technology to a Dyson vacuum cleaner, and spins the water around to separate out any heavier particles or materials. The 70 percent of the water that survives this filtering mechanism is pasteurized to kill any bacteria and redirected back into the shower head. The whole real-time, recycling process takes a mere 25 seconds and reduces the amount of water used in an average shower by 70 percent. Since you are recirculating water which is already warm, energy costs are further reduced over heating cold mains water.
Because the water is recycled, the shower puts out a decent flow at the rate of about 9 liters of water per minute, while only actually using about 2.7 liters of water per minute.
The shower is still under development but the company’s website states that it is expected to be on sale by the end of 2011 in Australia, the USA and throughout Europe.
Although it’s likely to come with a steep price tag, the recycling shower will cost less to install than a conventional shower, will reduce the demand on your hot water system by up to 50 percent and should save an average family of 4 about $937 every year. This means that on average payback will be less than 3 years and can be as little as 9 months.
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