Designed by Jang Wooseok, water from the sink fills this toilet.

Designed by Jang Wooseok, water from the sink fills this toilet.

The Future of Plumbing – Water conservation is important. Conserving water is not only important for the planet, but it’s great for your pocket.  On average, Canadians use over 300 liters of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 liters per day, and 150 liters per person per day in France.

The challenge is to balance the increase in population and reduce costs to the consumer, as well as preserving our planet’s resources. Here are some products/systems that may change the future of plumbing and revolutionize energy and water conservation in many Canadian households in the not too distant future.

The Fog Shower
This shower contains a showerhead that consumes much less water than conventional showerheads (2 liters of water for a five minute shower versus 26 liters for a normal showerhead!). It reduces water consumption by creating a vapor flow with microscopic water droplets. The water is heated and passed to an ultrasonic vaporizer and forced out through perforated metal plates. A sensor system aims the water vapor in different angles, based on the movements of the person showering. This shower has the potential to dramatically cut daily water consumption.

The WashUp Washer
This washing machine works in combination with a toilet. The WashUp Washer has been specially designed to fix above the toilet for recycling the washer water to flush the toilet. The concept behind this washer is that it puts in foamy water from the machine into the toilet, which otherwise would have gone right down the drain, thereby putting it to good use.

WashUp Washer

WashUp Washer

Solar Water Heaters and Heating Systems
Solar panels capture the sun’s heat and transfer it through an integrated heat exchanger to your water boiler. This process has significant economic and environmental benefits. By heating your water with solar energy households can significantly reduce their water and energy costs, as well as help planet earth! Solar water heaters are not an affordable solution for most households at the moment, but they could become the next big thing.

Rainwater harvesting systems
Why let that fresh water go to waste? Rainwater harvesting systems stores water for later use. This water can be used for irrigation, flushing toilets, washing clothes, washing cars, pressure washing, and it can even be purified for use as everyday drinking water.

Thanks for reading The Future of Plumbing

DrainWorks Team

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