Whether you live in a drought-plagued region or you’re just trying to be efficient, there are a myriad reasons to conserve water. That’s why we love the iSAVE faucet by Reamon Yu– a design so clever and efficient that it was recently chosen as a runner-up in the Metropolis Magazine Next Generation awards. The gadget easily attaches to your sink or showerhead to provide a digital readout of the amount of water that was being used in a shower. What’s more, iSAVE is powered by energy generated by the water passing through it using a small turbine embedded the device.
Two different models of the iSAVE were created- an integrated shower faucet with the LED display and handheld showerhead or a standard faucet.
Yu’s inspiration was simple: people tend to waste water because it is difficult to know how much is being used (the more you know, the more you care). This is especially true when using a public bathroom, such as one in a hotel, airport or a mall, thus warranting the need for a device that would make people conscious of their water usage.
The Metropolis Magazine Next Generation contest produced many interesting entries. Some inspire the imagination; others show create new technologies to help us solve our problems. But what I really like about this device is that it reminds us that the most important thing that we can do to become sustainable is to the simplest and cheapest thing that anyone can do: Save.