Nebia: Water-Saving Shower
The Nebia shower dramatically reduces water usage by creating a fine mist that surrounds the user rather than a conventional flow.
It works by atomising the water to disperse millions of small droplets through the six nozzles in the oversized showerhead, creating a cloud-like mist that envelops the user and brings more water into contact with the body. This enables the Nebia to provide 10 times more coverage than a typical shower while using 70% less volume. The team looked beyond the bathroom industry for inspiration – similar techniques have been used to inject fuel in aerospace engineering and boost efficiency in agricultural irrigation.
The unconventional method also delivers more warmth to the user, making it 13 times more thermally efficient than its competitors. This reduction of water and energy translates into financial savings – the company promises the average Californian family of four could save almost $400 a year.
The shower can be self-installed and features a sliding bracket and rotating head for adjustable positioning. Alongside the main wall-mounted showerhead, a portable wand offers the same technology in a versatile handheld device.
Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, the Nebia received almost $1m in the first two days. It has also had notable investment from Equinox gyms and Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple. The first models are expected to ship in 2016.
Increasing concerns over water security are fueling innovations to promote more sustainable use and management of this essential resource – see Water: Sustaining Supplies for further insight. For more recent developments within the bathroom industry, see Modern Bathrooms: Holistic Spaces.