A group of UCT's students have created a product called Shower Savvy to try and save water from the shower that could essentially be used to flush your toilet.
Emma Sham, director at ShowerSavvy says the idea came about as part of their final year assignment called Strategic Thinking, where students were asked to come up with a solution to an existing problem in the market.
Their solution is based on the water problem in Cape Town and the fact that a lot of water saving methods are inaccessible or just cumbersome.
She says they did their research on how other countries are dealing with a similar problem.
We adapted those findings to design a better alternative to buckets in the shower.— Emma Sham, Director at ShowerSavvy
The device is a Jerry can look-alike that one can stand on while taking a shower, which stores up about 10 litres of grey water to be used for flushing toilets.
According to Sham, they are now trying to make the product commercially available and at an affordable price.
The UCT students design is not yet in production. Here is an example of a system that has been implemented overseas called the Gris Water system, though Sham says their version will be somewhat different.
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