Let's Clarify...  The pieces of the puzzle.

Our Frequently Asked Questions section
is provided to help clarify the functionality of the
Waterdance Valve System, including answers about the valve itself, as well as how it integrates with the accumulator, the faucet, and the incoming water supply.

The inner workings of the valve are proprietary information and are available to those who are skilled in the art and qualify for participation in our endeavors of bringing the valve to market. Use our contact page to request more information.
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Frequently Asked Questions.  Waste not, want not.

What will I see?
Get ready to think differently. When you turn on only the hot water faucet, there will be no water flow until it's hot. Therefore, no waste. Once you've turned on the hot water faucet, hot water will reach you faster than before you installed the system. The exact number of seconds until the water begins to flow is dependent upon the distance from your water heater to the faucet, the temperature defined by the type of unit installed, and will vary within different households. The water you're not seeing is the water being saved to the accumulator for later use. As soon as the hot water reaches the Waterdance Valve, the pathways to the faucet are automatically opened and the hot water begins to flow. You can also prepare the hot water faucet without having to leave it turned on. Simply turn the hot water faucet on, then immediately off. If it would normally take 45 seconds for hot water to reach the faucet when it's left on, then just return 45+ seconds later. When you turn the hot water faucet on, it will immediately provide hot water. For these examples, using either method, that's 45 seconds of water flow that was saved and not wasted.

Where does the cold water go?
Prior to the cold water ever reaching the faucet, it's saved in a holding tank for later use. The cold water that would normally go down the drain is re-routed before it reaches the faucet to an accumulator (tank) stored under the sink (or other location). It will stay there until the cold-water faucet is turned on, at which time the water in the accumulator will be dispensed to the faucet first, before the incoming city water. When the accumulator is empty, the cold-water stream is fed in from the incoming city water supply, and the switch is transparent to the user. The accumulator is now empty and ready to go for the next time you need hot water.

What is an Accumulator?
A water storange tank that comes in many shapes and sizes. (If you have a reverse osmosis water system installed, you have an accumulator - most likely under your sink - for storing the filtered water.) It contains a pressurized internal bladder for dispensing the water as it's needed. The Waterdance Valve can work with many different sizes and styles of accumulators. An accumulator may be stored in an attic, basement, garage, between the wall studs, under a sink, or other location depending on your installation.

Can the water in the accumulator become stale?
No. An accumulator is a sealed and pressurized storage unit which precludes contaminants from being introduced. With a Waterdance Valve system installed, when cold water is needed it is taken from the accumulator first, before the incoming city water supply, so it's never "old water".

Can the accumulator ever become full?
Under normal operating conditions, the accumulator will be emptied every time cold or warm water is required. However, in the unusual situation when many repeated cyclings are performed, using only hot water and never cold, it might fill up, depending on the size of accumulator installed. In this rare situation, the faucet then acts like a regular faucet with no water saving capabilities - the water comes out immediately, regardless of temperature.

How is it powered?
The valve requires no electricity or batteries. It has no external moving parts. The routing of water through its pathways is based solely on the temperature of the water. The water supplied to you by the water company is pressurized to make it flow to where it's needed. This pressure is normally wasted. We use this pressure to make the valve function automatically. By using techniques to control and amplify the water line pressure and flow, we can have the water make decisions for us. Using the power contained in the water only, the valve monitors the incoming water temperature, hot water valve position, and accumulator status, and reacts accordingly to save the normally wasted water.

Can the Waterdance Valve work with faucets that only have a single lever-style handle?
Yes, the style of faucet makes no difference to the functionality of the valve.

Can the Waterdance Valve work with scald-proof shower valves?
Yes, the Waterdance Valve technology can be integrated into these modern-day shower valves.

Can I use the Waterdance Valve for my boat, RV, or airplane?
Yes, the water conserving value of the Waterdance Valve is even more powerful when utilized on vehicles that carry their own fresh water supply.

What makes the Waterdance Valve unique over other products?
Other products come up short when compared to the Waterdance Valve. No one else offers a complete household solution that effectively processes saved water as cleanly as we do. Read about what makes us unique.

How is the Waterdance Valve Installed?
About the size of a small paperback book (as shown in our sample installation), the valve fits inline with the hot and cold water lines leading to your faucet. The valve technology can also be contained within a shower or sink valve that would be installed during a remodel or new construction. Depending on the installation, the accumulator can be installed in an attic, basement, garage, between wall studs, under a sink, or other location as desired. Sizes and shapes of accumulators vary, providing greater flexibility in choosing the right location and capacity for your household. Standard plumbing between the accumulator and the valve complete the installation.

What are the manufacturing costs?
While variations and unspecified factors make it impractical to estimate costs here, we can offer the following general manufacturing guidelines. The componentry is elegantly simple and not prohibitively expensive. Nothing exotic adds manufacturing difficulties. All plastic components can be injection molded through conventional technology on standard equipment.

What are the installation costs?
These include the retail price of the Waterdance Valve itself, an accumuator and related plumbing fixtures, and any installation costs. There are no maintenance fees or energy costs to operate it as it's non-electric. Just install it and begin saving with the first use.

How soon will the Waterdance Valve pay for itself?
The amount of time it will take for the valve to pay for itself in water savings will vary from household to household due to many factors including: the distance from the water heater to the faucet(s), the number of family members using the water, the hot water habits of that family, the cost of the system and installation, and the cost of water itself, which will vary depending on your city's tier structure for the quantity used by your household. However, the point of the Waterdance Valve is this: water is currently cheap, which is why many of us don't think twice about wasting it. The Waterdance valve will allow us to conserve this precious resource and begin managing it properly, ultimately leading to a time when clean fresh water is available for all.