The game of reducing water consumption

by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-06-01 06:20:35 UTC
Sustainability Aspects: In the western world we shower not once a week like our grandparents but often even twice a day, usually far too long. Tapwater reduction also reduces energy and emissions.


In the western world, the way we shower is a big emitter of CO2 and pressure on the environment. Not only does it take a lot more water (and energy) to make a liter of tapwater but we prefer also to shower hot. Paul Priestman was inspired by a sign in a hotel bathroom to, “Please Use Water Sparingly” and developed the concept on his return home.

Waterpebble is unique in the way it works to help reduce water usage.

The clever device monitors water going down the plug hole when you shower. Memorising your first shower and using it as a benchmark, Waterpebble then indicates, via a series of ‘traffic lights’ flashing gently 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.

Place in the shower near the plughole. Shower as normal. The lights will flash green, amber and red as Waterpebble memorises your shower. Then each time you shower, Waterpebble, activated by water, lights up to indicate:green for start, orange for half way through your shower, red for time to stop.

It is not a toy it says on the website but I think the strength is that there is game element in how it changes your behavior, a bit like puppy training.

Designer: Paul Priest
Manufacturer: Priestmangoode
Category: water consumption reduction


by priestmangoode

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