Statistics. Watch the water savings add up.

It starts with a single household
And then two, two hundred, and two thousand.
Collectively, the water savings add up quickly, and the burden placed on our water treatment facilities is greatly reduced, thereby allowing them to store adequate supplies of clean fresh water for delivery as it's required.

About the numbers
The data provided on our statistics page provides potential savings figures nationwide for the U.S. based on a presumed average for a single household which includes estimated use of showers, hand washings, cooking and cleaning tasks. Projections have also been made based on national housing starts and remodel rates. Estimates are based on 2006-7 data gathered from the listed sources. Given all the known and unknowable variables involved in these equations we have choosen to keep it simple where possible; these figures should not be considered exact. Rather they represent the potential impact the Waterdance Valve could ultimately deliver.

Drawing of fresh tap water bubbles. Bar graph showing steadily rising bars and arrow confirming upward direction.
About Water Treatement.  By the time it gets to you, it's been through a lot.
Underwater view of frash water drainage swirl.

IT'S TREATED, CLEAN AND FIT TO DRINK


Why send it down the drain the same way? Because capturing the runoff in a bucket isn't practical. Because it's the way we've always done it, generation after generation. Because it's the easy way. Because it's just water, easy to come by and cheap. Or, is it?

 

By now we all know that it isn't easy to come by, and its costs are rising in more ways than one. Below we take a simplified look into some of the processes required to bring that cool drink of water or hot shower your way.

The Water Supply - Water supply systems get water from a variety of locations, including groundwater (aquifers), surface water (lakes and rivers which collect rainwater and snowmelt), conservation and the sea through desalination. When seasonal rain and snowfall is reduced, when conservation efforts come up short, or when expensive desalination plants don't produce enough, our water supply is compromised.

Drinking Water Treatment - Water taken from the water supply is then purified, disinfected through chlorination and sometimes fluoridated. Water purification is the removal of contaminants from untreated water to produce drinking water that is pure enough for its intended use. Substances that are removed during the process of drinking water treatment include suspended solids, bacteria, algae, viruses, fungi, minerals such as iron, manganese and sulphur, and man-made chemical pollutants including fertilizers.

Storage of Purified Water - The treated water which is now suitable for human consumption either flows by gravity or is pumped to storage facilities including reservoirs, water tanks, and watertowers. Smaller water systems may store the water in cisterns or pressure vessels. Tall buildings may also need to store water locally in pressure vessels in order for the water to reach the upper floors.

It Arrives at Your Address - And until now, when we've needed hot water, most of us have had little choice but to let the unwanted, clean cold water go right back down the drain, through the sewer system to the rivers, draining to our lakes or oceans, never having utilized the clean treated water as it passed through our homes and businesses ever so briefly. The Waterdance Valve allows us all to conserve, to obtain maximum benefit of this precious liquid before we send it on its way to start the cycle all over again.

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