Two Spanish plumbers have invented a device that reduces the waste of water of the traditional gesture, common to apartments buildings, of letting the water to flow and waiting for the water to come out as hot as you’d like, a habit that goes usually unnoticed but which has two big downsides, namely, the waste of water and the increase of the costs related to this gesture.
Rafael Rodrigo and Francisco Pelegero found that during that waiting time, 8 to 15 liters of water were wasted, which could be similar to a “catastrophe” in a country hit by drought. The two plumbers created “SmartWater”, a device that solves out this problem the touch of a button.
The device, developed and manufactured in Valencia and certified in both Spain and the United States, has already been marketed in the US, Spain, and other South American countries.
Even more, the studies on the device guarantee its amortization in less than three years.
The device functions very simple
When the user wants hot water, he must press a button and the water that would previously go down the drain is channeled to a storage recipient.
After the heater has finally done its job a LED will light up noticing that the hot water is ready to be used.
In this way, when the device is turned on, the water is already at the right temperature, while the cold water stored can be used to wash dishes or flush the toilet.
The simple installation of the device, after going through all the quality tests, has proven to be able to save 40% of the water that was previously wasted.
SmartWater device is also environmental-friendly
Another advantage of this device is that it works on batteries which, according to the inventors, last for 2 years.
Besides, “installing SmartWater in fifty homes is equivalent to planting thirteen trees every year,” according to Rafael Rodrigo, one of the inventors of the device.
In short, the device saves water and energy, plus it is also cost-effective since it’s reducing the costs related to water consumption and electricity extra costs that could be related to other water-heating devices which need to be plugged-in the electrical network of the building.
For the time being it has been commercialized – under the umbrella of the IDI company created for this purpose – in Mexico, Chile, and the United States, and has received proposals for its installation in a hotel chain in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic.