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Conceptual drawing of the shower

Independent water recycling shower

About the idea

Water scarcity is a prevailing problem all over the world, in light of this, households have been encouraged to take more responsibility for their water consumption and conservation. To assist consumers, several products exist to decrease water consumption and promote water re-use. Regarding water re-use, greywater (shower/bath, laundry, hand washing) is the most feasible type of water for households to manage. Of particular interest is the water used in the shower, as showers are the third largest water consumption activities in households.

PosPaucity aims to develop an affordable independent water recycling shower for everyday use to cater for an off-grid market. This is a pilot project to establish water re-use products/innovations in off-grid areas.  Inspired to benefit mostly areas subject to water scarcity and limited water resources.

 

The Problem

In 2015, the United Nations estimated that 46% of the world’s population did not have access to piped water, this means that there are households not connected to water networks. These homes probably don’t have fitted showers like urban homes do. Consequently, products for water re-use or those that decrease water consumption in urban homes are not applicable for off-grid homes. Of the 46%,8 out of 10 of these people are in rural areas. 

In addition, there is a growing trend of voluntary off-grid dwellers who also have homes that are not connected to traditional water supply services. 

I have identified the need to provide water savings technologies to off-grid areas. 

The solution

An independent water recycling shower. It will not require connection to water supply network, so it can be used in homes that have informal infrastructure. The water will be filtered and collected after the shower, ideally for another shower. After the use in the shower, the water can be used for other household activities such as cleaning. In rural areas, the water can be beneficial for small- scale agriculture.

The approach is to provided showers to people that don't have showers through a "for profit" social entrepreneurship model.  

For whom?

  • People in off-grid areas with homes that aren’t connected to water supply network.Essentially homes lacking infrastructure to support showers or water saving technologies
  • Households looking for affordable water-recycling components into their existing shower
  • Households voluntarily living off-grid (permanently or temporarily)
  • People in arid, semi-arid or water scarce regions needing to use water sparingly

 

Our business model

To ensure a sustainable model while catering for the needs of vulnerable low-income societies, several models are adopted based on the customer group.

Existing shower users will be offered the filtration and used water collection components through distributors. Users who can afford the whole shower, such as voluntary off-grid households, will be offered the opportunity to do so or have payments spread over an agreed period of time. The shower can either be sold to organisations that develop off-grid homes such as Wikkelhouse (https://www.wikkelhouse.com ) or individuals. Although the technology for the shower has not been confirmed, maintenance and services will be required. Maintenance will be provided possibly on and off-site. This will form part of the business model. 

The secondary customer group, which has inspired this idea but relies on subsidy from the pricing model of the primary customers is the low-income households without showers/sustainable connection to water supply. Subsidized showers will be sold through a payment plan. Maintenance and services will be structured into the communities by providing training to local people. Jobs will be created in this form, alleviating the poverty and inspiring small businesses. Supplying of showers to this group will be through community-based projects with intervention from private investors and  local government . Funding from corporate groups as part of their social responsibility will also be an option.

 

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