Three Fantastic Water-Wise Innovations
By: Sairica Rose | Estimated reading time: 3 mins
Saving water has become a priority – and not a luxury – for so many of us. Thankfully, gone are the days when reining in our water consumption meant investing in complex, costly devices, or building a well in our own back yard. Savvy designers and innovators are responding to demand for efficient water conserving systems.
Here are three smart, simple water-saving innovations from around the world that get our thumbs up:
The Smart Showerhead
Created by French design-firm Start & Blue, this colour- and life- changing showerhead is kitted out with LED lights that meter passing water volume.
The base of the clip-on, water-powered head glows green when 10 litres of water have been used, purple from 10 to 20 litters, and turns red at 50 litres – or somewhere around the third shower-opera rendition of the Game of Thrones theme tune for most of us, who, according to Hydrao, use 70-80 litres per shower.
The Water Efficient Mosque
Muslim prayer rituals (ablutions) use significant quantities of water, and the project – part of Thames Water’s 2014-15 water efficiency campaigns – has built resourcefulness into the prayer-house reconstruction without hanging potentially offensive signs. How? By fitting taps that are sensitive to the practice, but water efficient. Leftover water is collected and recycled to flush the mosque toilets.
The refit is part of a programme to gain insights into how water efficiency communication can sensitively encompass ethnic and religious preferences.
Clever Clay Pots
Simplicity trumps complexity with SPOUTS of Water’s clay pots – designed to make drinking water cleaner and safer in Uganda, where a third of the population has to boil water via charcoal.
The pots are made from locally sourced clay and rice husks, at a factory near Kampala – providing work for Ugandan potters and breaking the cycle of dependency on free international aid. The rice husks burn away in the kiln, leaving microscopic holes. The pots are then coated with silver nitrate – a biocide –, which means that when filled, water seeps through the holes, while 99% of physical contaminants get trapped inside.
Nearly 75,000 people currently use the pots.
These excellent initiatives go to show how ingenuity, creativity and determination are still our best form of renewable energy.
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