New Zealand-Based Scientists Create Water-Saving Shower

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen January 24, 2013 0
The Oxijet significantly reduces the amount of water used during a shower while still providing a similar experience.
The Oxijet significantly reduces the amount of water used during a shower while still providing a similar experience.

A novel shower design could significantly reduce the amount of water used during bathing, according to green tech source Treehugger. The Oxijet nozzel was developed by New Zealand-based design firm Felton in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), a global innovation organization. 

The CSIRO issued a press release on January 23 announcing the development that stated the secret behind the invention: air is everything. The Oxijet is what is known as an aerated showerhead, which fills the stream of water with pockets of air and reduces liquid consumption by up to 50 percent during operation.

Dr. Jie Wu, a scientist who works for the global association, remarked in the statement that most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if they used an Oxijet unknowingly. 

“Traditional flow restrictors reduce flow and pressure, whereas Oxijet uses the flow energy to draw air into the water stream, making the water droplets hollow,” Dr Wu said. “This expands the volume of the shower stream, meaning you can save the same amount of water, while still enjoying your shower.”

A hotel in Wollongong, New Zealand, is the primary testing site for the new technology, after being tested in a single suitelast year. Walter Immos, who runs the 200-room establishment, told the source that he uses over 10 million liters of water per year and that the design will reap him significant energy savings.

While the Oxijet may seem like it wouldn’t have much of an impact on a large scale, the reality is that small-reaching initiatives like this are ways that green technology can slowly but surely proliferate communities around the world. Home improvement stores sell similar products, so it might be worthwhile to check out some of these appliances to see if they’re the right fit for your home.

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