Nick Christy (AU)

In times of drought, governments often ask people to cut down on time spent in the shower, which is what happened in Australia in 2007. People were asked to spend no more than 4 minutes in the shower, which already accounts for about 40 litres of water.

It was during this time that Nick Christy got in touch with Peter Brewin about his invention of a water and energy efficient shower, a year later CINTEP was born.

Before entering the CINTEP shower you enter the desired temperature on the touch screen and the shower will heat up, making sure the first drop out of the showerhead is pleasant – thus eliminating those 20 seconds you now let your shower run before jumping in. The shower starts off with 3 litres of fresh water, a basin underneath your feet collects the water and filters it three times. The water is heat pasteurized, diluted with 30% fresh drinking water and then immediately re-used during your shower session. Shampoo and soaps are filtered out completely and hairs are collected in a filter.

The filtering process, which takes only 25 seconds, makes sure that the recycled water is drinking quality when it passes through your showerhead a second or third time. CINTEP’s technique cuts water and energy usage by 70%, without compromising on flow rate.


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