Prophecies such as ‘The next big wars will be fought over water’ do not seem far-fetched today. Be it conflicts in the middle-east or amongst states in our country, water is a highly stressed commodity. While conserving rainwater, reducing wastage and low flow devices are few ways to manage the dangerous water situation, one company is taking water conservation to the extreme. The Altered:Nozzle is a new device trending on Kickstarter that promises to be the champ of water saving techniques. This atomizing tap attachment claims to save up to 98 percent water compared to normal faucets. What it essentially does is converts the tap water into a very fine mist by mixing the water with air like an aerator, only extreme.
How Is It Different?
The makers pose an intriguing thought as seen in the video. Most of the water from a tap that falls on our hands passes through and is hence wasted. This atomizing attachment delivers a mist spray that just wets the surface of your hand or dishes and thus reduces the consumption to a minimum. The mist mode is rated at 0.18 litres per minute.
Isn’t That Insufficient?
Yes, it is for some applications and so the makers have a second mode that lets 1.8 litres of aerated water to flow through. 1.8 litres of water per minute is also a super water saving faucet.
How Much Water Can I Save?
It depends on which mode you can use for most times. An average faucet lets more than five litres of water to flow down the drain. It is safe to assume that the mist mode will take time getting used to for most tasks. But if all of us can do, this could very well be the answer to the water wars we are facing throughout the world.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Altered:Nozzle costs 44 USD and has currently exceeded funding goals on Kickstarter. It is expected to be delivered in December this year.
Similar concept has also been showcased by a company called Nebia which has designed a showerhead. If such concepts do become mainstream, it can become a revolution in water saving techniques.