Pebbles in the water

If you’ve ever traveled abroad you know that water conservation is a big thing. Some countries highly regulate water usage and charge a heavy tax on water consumption. In most countries, bathrooms are very small—especially showers—designed to get you in and out, in a very short amount of time.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a device that would regulate and moderate water consumption for you while taking a shower, right at your feet? Well, look no further than the Waterpebble. The world’s first of it’s kind!

Paul Priestman, founder and director of design for Priestmangoode, was inspired by a sign in a hotel bathroom to “Please Use Water Sparingly.” Like most good ideas, it came to him in the shower.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Waterpebble monitors water going down the drain as you shower.
  2. The length of the first shower is memorized and used as a benchmark.
  3. Via a series of ‘traffic lights’ flashing green, yellow and red, Waterpebble tells you when to finish showering.
  4. Each time you shower, Waterpebble fractionally reduces your shower time, helping you to save water without thinking.

Priestman’s Waterpebble is a joint collaboration with Dry Planet, a company whose “aim is to help businesses and consumers save water cost effectively.”

Waterpebble can be kept in your shower at all times, doesn’t need to be turned off and can be reset at any time. The only downside is that the battery cannot be replaced and has an expected shelf-life of 4-6 months. Dry Planet will take your used Waterpebbles and recycle them for you. And for about $8.00 (£ 5.31), that’s as little as $16 to $24 a year for saving over 20 litres of hot water every time you shower!

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2 Responses to “Pebbles in the water”
  1. This sounds like a really cool product. Thank you for highlighting it. My wife and I are currently looking for a home in a certain area of Portland, and our intention is to buy something run down and have it completely remodeled from the foundation up with sustainability and clean, modern lines being the point of departure for the design.

    Your blog, in the 5 minutes I’ve spent so far is a great resource. I’ll be checking back often as we begin pulling together ideas.

  2. gabyingreen says:

    Hey Scott,

    Thanks for stopping by and welcome to Green Design in Mind. I’m glad that you like what you see, and hope to have you back here soon.

    You new adventures in Portland sound awesome! Good luck to you and your wife with the house hunting and renovations. I’m sure you will find some interesting, eco-friendly and modern products here.

    Stay tuned: the world just got a little greener.

    Gaby in Green

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