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It’s fairly well established by now that showering, while absolutely necessary for our daily interactions, wastes a great deal of water. Not only do we use approximately 22 gallons (100 liters) of water in just a 10-minute shower, but we also waste something like a gallon (3.5 liters) of water while we wait for it to warm up. WaterDrop wants to help us do something other than waste that initial water by holding it to be used for other purposes, and I think it’s a great idea!

I garden, so my first thought (in summer, anyway) is to use it to water my garden. It can also be used to water house plants, filling a bucket for mopping or other cleaning, even given to pets for drinking as long as you make sure your WaterDrop bag stays clean. If a gallon of water per shower doesn’t sound like a lot, think of it in terms of a milk jug, then multiply that by how many showers are taken in your house per week. And a gallon is only an estimate; obviously if your shower is further away from your hot water heater you’ll use more waiting for it to get hot.

Originally, I was thinking WaterDrop was an unnecessary expense, because it really doesn’t require a special bag to hold water. You could stick a bucket under your shower head and accomplish the same thing, right? But here’s the thing: WaterDrop is designed specifically to make gathering, storing, and transporting that water easily, with little to no chance of spilling. I don’t know about you, but when I carry a bucket of water it’s anybody’s guess how much will spill while I walk.

WaterDrop is made out of recyclable thermoplastic polyurethane, and in addition to gathering what would normally be wasted water it serves as a graphic demonstration of exactly how much water you’ve been wasting. It’s estimated that in one year you could save up to 220 gallons (1,000 liters) of water, which kind of blows my mind.

Having just successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign, WaterDrop is in the limbo of being funded while not yet being in production. They are estimating shipping to backers in March, so I would think it should hit stores (or at least online) by the end of the year. It looks like they were only asking about 18 (about $20.00 US) per unit, which makes picking one up pretty much a no-brainer.


Source: Gizmag

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