A quarter of humanity could face a water shortage by 2050. To contribute to the fight against water waste, a Dutch company has created a water recycler for households.
Rethinking water consumption at home
Global water consumption has increased sixfold in a hundred years, and today more than half of the world's population lives in areas of potential water scarcity at least one month a year. Worldwide, the largest consumers of freshwater are agriculture (70% of water withdrawn) and industry (19%). Domestic use accounts for 11% of the water consumed. Can this consumption be optimized, can it be rethought?
A Dutch company has made this observation: we consume drinking water in our homes to flush the toilet and wash clothes. To avoid this waste, it created Hydraloop, a device that recycles domestic wastewater. This refrigerator-sized device plugs into the home's plumbing, collects and treats wastewater, and redistributes it to the washing machine, toilet and outdoor sprinkler system.
Water treatment combines several mechanical processes such as sedimentation, flotation, or UV light disinfection. The water treated in this way is not consumable by humans but allows a more intelligent distribution of drinking water. Hydraloop promises to save up to 75,000 liters of water per year for a family of 4 people, the equivalent of a full swimming pool. "Our goal is that no house in the world is built without its own water recycling system, and to contribute to a more sustainable world," says Arthur Valkieser, CEO of Hydraloop Systems.