Posted by Adin Rush
This week was a good one for our team. We finalized our problem to people wasting water while showering. We landed on this specific problem because we learned that people taking showers that are too long adds up too wasting the the second most amount of munt of water in a household behind toilets. We thought that we could make the biggest impact on this because it would be the problem that we had the most and best ideas for.
Our group came up with a ton of solutions this week but only a few made it through the final 3, that we were deciding between. The three solutions that we thought were the best was a shower head that is controlled by an app on your phone. You would put in the app the amount of time you want your shower to be and the shower head would turn off automatically after that period of time. Another solution we came up with also involved an app. The app would be able to calculate how much water you used in the shower. We would come up with some mathematical way to turn that amount of water into points which can be used for prizes for people to claim. The last solution we brainstormed was a waterproof shower calculator that showed how much water you wasted while in the shower. You could hang this on your shower wall.
As we were researching solutions already in existence, we came across a product very similar to our first solution idea. Their product was a showerhead that after a certain amount of time, it cuts the flow of water coming from the showerhead by ⅓ of the original pressure. Our group was not fond of that shower head because we thought that not cutting of the flow of the showerhead completely was a mistake. Our idea for stopping water is having the shower head turn off completely and then if you still have not showered fully and you still have soap in your hair or on your body, you will be able to turn the shower head back on to wash it all off. We did not think that this solution that cut flow to ⅓ was successful because it did not seem to be a completely reliable website and when we went to the ordering page of the website, it said that it is unable to ship for 5 weeks which we thought meant that it is not working or people did not like the product.
Our group decided to focus on the solution with the app that turns off the flow of water from the showerhead completely after a certain amount of time. This is because we thought that this is they way that we could make the biggest impact on the community. We have started a prototype of the shower head that we 3D printed. We are considering making an attachment, that would be connecting with the app through Bluetooth also, which can just be attached to your normal shower head. We will update when we have any more progress and hope that we will make a big impact on the community and to save a lot of water!