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The Greener Project



Contest Name:
Voyager-2

Prize Amount:
$10,000.0

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United States

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Water for everyone

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We’re living in a great time where technology and innovation are at it’s highest and most opportune. And with this, I would like to propose my plan to saving the planet.

Living in California I never thought we would be in a drought. But when it happened, I always thought to myself while showering of a plan to resolving this issue. Then one day, while singing, an idea popped into my head. The idea is to build a drainage system from your shower to your back or front yard. l then lead to a storage box that will store water and when needed, will either use your sprinkling system or for a person to manually water their garden.

This is a huge opportunity as every day, the average American takes about 1 showers a day. And with an average time of 8 minutes per shower and a water flow rate of 2 gallons a minute, that's 17 gallons per shower! That's a whole lot of wasted water just going down the drain.

Not only will this appeal to the masses, it is also a profitable business opportunity as more houses are built and the world continues to be greener. I believe my drainage system will cost between, 2,000 to 5,000 to build an install. With an average saving of over 50% on water bills, this will pay for itself in less than 4 to 10 years. Vote for my effort in making a greener world!

Benefits:

-Lower water bill

-No more droughts

-Greener Gardens

-No penalties for overwatering (California)

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Mathew Van L.

Hi! I never thought about bringing it to the city or council, but that’s a really good idea. This would definitely be more appealing if I could get a tax break for buyers. For your second question, I definitely had your garden in mind as we don’t want you to be scared to eat your food! I have tons of ideas that I need to condense, but here are some of them:

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1. A diverter valve – You will have a button or latch you can switch off when using shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc and on when you’re just enjoying the warm water. 2. Water filter – This filter will be attached between your shower pipe and water tank. Something similar to the Boogie Blue inline water hose filter. This would be the cheapest and easiest method to replace the filter along with ongoing subscriptions for the filter. 3. Water Filter built within the Tank – The name says it all, a highly complicated but well built filtering system (using sand, charcoal, etc). This might be the most expensive but most appealing.

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Mathew Van L.

For the 3rd question, the price points include the labor cost and material cost (pipes, tank etc). The reason for the range is because some homeowners have more than one bathroom and this will require increase labor and materials. And yes, I do plan to manufacture all of this. I’m someone who likes having the option to easily improve our products than outsourcing it. However, I am not against that idea. If they make it better, I would like them as a partner. And thanks for the questions, it helps!

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Hello Mathew, pretty thorough answers you have going here. I would even suggest yet another idea after you’ve built the mechanical parts. An app that will seamlessly integrate all the moving pieces together. One could remotely control and monitor the entire system and ensure optimal functionality and system integrity is maintained. A simple app that cost less than a stack. You also have marketing initial marketing cost. The cool thing I’ve observed with most sustainable ideas is that, they “sell” themselves after an initial foray into the market place. Best of luck.

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Mathew Van L.

Thank you for your advice, especially about the app. I think that’s a great idea to have especially in the time we’re living in. Definitely will be convenient to users. I don’t know who you are but thank you for the help!

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Mathew, Have you spoken to a city or county official about your idea? It sounds pretty novel. My other question is how will the water draining out of the shower be treated before it makes its way to our precious lawns? 😂 Last, how did you arrive at the $5k mark per unit. Are you going to “manufacture” the parts yourself or are they going to be sourced out? Thank you in advance and best of luck.

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Mathew Van L.

Hi, Sorry I had to post my answer above in three separate replies. I tried to reply here but it wouldn't go through when I tried posting the entire message =(

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