Eco-aware shower recycles

A shower which recycles water promises to save householders money and energy. The idea is the brainchild of Peter Brewin, a design student at the UK’s Royal College of Art. The system re-circulates and cleans used water, with the potential to save families around £170 each year.

If Londoners were to jump in the eco-friendly shower, it would reduce the capital’s water usage by 85 billion litres each year - the equivalent of 85,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The shower works on similar principles to a Dyson vacuum cleaner, using filters and hydrocyclones, installed behind the shower unit, to clean the recycled water and reheat it to the desired temperature. The shower has just won the British Standards Institution 2005 Environmental Design Award.