2015 has been a wakeup call for California in terms of water use – rising temperatures have increased energy needs and dried up sources. The last major drought in the state dates back to the late 1970s. The population has since doubled from 20 to 40 million. But showers haven’t evolved in step.
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The designers at San Francisco startup Nebia have put on their thinking caps and decided that to reach mandatory 25% cuts in water usage, it’s time to rethink the shower. They’ve gone back to the drawing board, and come up with a radical concept that atomizes droplets for maximum benefit. With a sleek new shape designed by Box Clever, the Nebia shower hit Kickstarter this year, bringing in investors like Silicon Valley’s Y-Combinator. The attention-getter? For a $100,000 goal, Nebia has already brought in almost $3 million, with time still on the clock.
Co-founder and CEO Philip Winter says that the age old belief that more water equals a better experience isn’t necessarily true.
The Nebia system atomizes water into millions of tiny droplets with 10 times more surface area while using 70% less water than a typical household showerhead. For the average U.S. home, Nebia pays for itself in less than two years.
The team has adapted technologies from aerospace engineering to create a patent-pending H2MICRO™ technology. The challenge was to save water while offering a clean, relaxing experience.
Estimated to save 200 billion gallons of water annually if every California resident were to switch over to Nebia.
The elegant design by Box Clever features a 45° rotating head, sliding arm, and easy installation. Most of the units offered on Kickstarter are sold out – Nebias should hit the market in May 2016.
Visit the campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1499369835/nebia-shower-better-experience-70-less-water?ref=nav_search