Water meters in Japan have shown the world just how much it takes in to wash a bathtub, shower, or shower stall.
While most of us don’t get too excited about the idea of washing with a water meter, the story behind how it was made is fascinating.
When a company in Japan called Watsumi got wind of the Japanese Water Meter project, they started to think of how they could make it work.
The idea was to build a meter that could record how much the water used to wash the house.
Instead of using a water purification machine, Watsumis was going to install a collection system, where a collection tank was connected to the house through pipes and water pipes.
It would collect water from the outside and then send it to the collection tank through pipes, and it would measure the water’s hardness and water quality, and the amount of water in the tank.
The company hoped that the collection system would reduce water usage, and thus, save money.
“As we saw that the water consumption per house was increasing, we started to see the need to develop a water-saving system,” says Watsumo.
The company initially planned to put the system in a house that has a collection area of about two meters, but the water quality in the area has changed.
Watsuma wanted to make sure the collection process would still be effective.
“We needed to ensure that we could reduce water consumption to save the budget,” says Yoshimi Kobayashi, WATSumi’s CEO.
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Watsumi was able to install the water meter in an area with about 200 meters of water, and they were able to test the system, finding that the system worked well.
Witsumi is now hoping to install it in a building that is about 500 meters long and 150 meters wide, and hopes to have the system installed in 2020.
It is a big step forward for Japan, which has one of the highest water consumption rates in the world.
WATSUMi has already started to receive the first order for the system.
But Watsums engineers are still working on the water-purification process.
Kobayashi is excited about Watsuminis new water meter.
“I want to see it go into a big building, and we hope to put it into a house in 2020,” says Kobayasha.
“We are hoping to build the first Watsumenis in Japan.”