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Quench Shower

One of our readers emailed me this one – thanks Jon! – about this neat water saving shower.  I have often lamented over the fact that I love to take long showers.  I do my best thinking, it lets me take a break and center myself.  The downside of this is that taking time for introspection, means wasting water, near perfect water.  This idea will help reduce the guilt of long showers and cut down on water needs.

In many time houses, they use a water tank, which is often filled with water schlepped in by hand if you live off the grid.  So check out this video that takes the water and makes it last a bit longer.  The other good thing to note is that you can actually purchase this, it isn’t a concept.

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9 Comments
  1. I’m sure someone will think of a reason this isn’t a good idea, but I like it. Now if they could only do it for tub baths. 😉

  2. This sounds like a good idea.

    As far as bath water, you don’t usually keep it flowing. Once filled you turn off the water. In Japan at least, you can find bathtubs that are heated to keep the water from cooling off for the long soak. I’m sure they must be available here somewhere.

  3. This is something i’m sure many people think about, and a common idea for the solution. I think the return system is pretty much the exact same pump/heater system used in a jacuzzi tub. I think I would rather have a separate tank, instead of just a dent in the floor. That way, I can still run in “recirculating mode” during the initial rinse, leaving only the post-soap rinsing for direct to drain.

    One thing a DIYer may be interested in is how to automate the system, perhaps incorporating an ultraviolet based filter to kill any germs in the holding tank, letting the recirculated water be used from on shower to the next. Automating the system would also be a great enhancement. I wonder how one would go about creating a “Dirty water” sensor?

  4. I think this is a great idea. I startled my husband while watching this because I said “That’s cool” while he wasn’t even paying attention. LOL. So… I can’t walk very well and standing is even worse so when I go in the shower I have to sit. I actually find it harder to relax while sitting rather then the old “stand under the rain”. Besides, I live in LA and water conservation is a must.

  5. Of all the posts here in thetinylife, this is probably the least useful for me. Since, unlike the OP, I’m a type of guy that goes in the shower, do my business, then gets out. I imagine that this Quench system would require more space for the reservoir and pump– and that is too much space than my tiny house can afford.

    But, I guess for those who do enjoy long showers, this would be pretty neat.

  6. That kinda turned me on. Green water showering is HOT!

    They pretty much covered everything. Even how they clean the pipes when you’re done. I think this is something that should be in every home in America. Especially in the southern states that are always struggling with water supply.

  7. What a clever idea. And I especially like that it is an actual product that exists, not just a cool design idea or prototype that never makes it to market.

  8. The only things that concern me are external fungal infections, that I have really thick hair that takes forever to rinse out, and the water pressure required for that. I guess you would need to rid yourself of fungal infections before you use this thing, otherwise even when its recycling the clean water you are still at risk for spreading the infection to other parts of your body.

  9. The only things that concern me are external fungal infections, that I have really thick hair that takes forever to rinse out, and the water pressure required for that. I guess you would need to rid yourself of fungal infections before you use this thing, otherwise even when its recycling the clean water you are still at risk for spreading the infection to other parts of your body. Otherwise this is brilliant. I feel like showers are my one environmental downfall.

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