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The World’s First In-Shower Conservation System

Did you know that the average 10 minute shower uses 25 gallons of water? That’s 2.5 gallons of water a minute.

Add that to the 50 gallons it takes to fill the average bathtub, or the 3 gallons it takes to flush the average toilet, and it quickly become obvious that the bathroom is one of the biggest water-wasting rooms in the home.

There are lots of different ways to conserve water during your bathroom routine, like reducing time spent in the shower or using a shower bucket to recycle some of the water for use on your lawn or garden. But unless you set a timer, it’s hard to know exactly how long you’ve spent in the shower, and a shower bucket just doesn’t make sense for those without a lot of thirsty plants.

That’s why designer Peter Priestman invented the Waterpebble: an easy way for anyone to reduce bathroom water consumption.


Inspired by a hotel sign that read, “Please use water sparingly,” Priestman designed the Waterpebble to monitor the amount of water going down your shower drain.

When placed next to the drain, the Waterpebble tracks every drop flowing by. By memorizing your first shower and using it as a benchmark, Waterpebble can then tell you, via a series of ‘traffic lights’ flashing from green through to red, when to finish showering.

Each time you shower Waterpebble automatically fractionally reduces your shower time helping you to save water without needing to think about it.

What do you think of the Waterpebble? Would it help your family waste less water in the shower? Share your thoughts in a comment!

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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12:38PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

i'd rather have a shower pause.

6:03PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

I think this items pretty cool! Thanks for sharing!

5:04AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

This is supercool, but water conservation doesn't exist here in Italy. My bf let's the water run in the kitchen while he's cooking, and in the bathroom even if he's not in there. It drives me crazy! But it's not part of their culture as we can see with the fontanas outside which are always running, there aren't even taps to turn it off.

2:49PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

This is supercool!

3:16PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Thanks!

8:25PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

thanks

4:47AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Cool! I want one!
Awareness is the first step :o)

1:48AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

thanks

10:41PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Where I live they don't automatically install low-flow showers or toilets. Although an internet graph showed USA's consumption at some 560 litres per person per day, our municipality has nothing to be proud about. I quote:

"Squamish uses significantly more water per capita than communities with either flat rate and metered per capita averages in Canada, and Canada’s water consumption is 65% higher than 27 other developed countries including 4 times as much as Sweden and 8 times as much as Denmark’s water consumption. In many countries, such as France and Sweden, typical domestic water consumption is 150 to 200 litres compared with about 330 litres for BC and Canada. "

"In terms of emissions, energy consumption associated with water use is significant. For example, in the District of Squamish, water and wastewater systems accounted for 26% of total corporate operations energy use in 2005, and 9% of total emissions (note these systems are primarily powered by electricity). Typically, the largest energy components are pumping energy to distribute water to end users, and treating the resulting wastewater, plus to a lesser extent conveying wastewater to the treatment plant."

Although authorities knew about Squamish's exceedingly high water consumption of some 430 litres per person per day, it was only in 2010 that they inspected their poor quality pipes and found huge leaks caused by disintegrated pipes were the source of additional waste.

11:01AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Also, get a shut off valve.

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