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Recycling water as you shower
03:52 - Source: CNN

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Swedish designer Mehrdad Mahdjoubi has developed a shower that recycles water

OrbSys Shower saves more than 90% water and 80% energy while you wash

It could save users over $1000 a year and help people living in areas with a shortage of water

CNN  — 

In space, astronauts go for years without a fresh supply of water. Floating in a capsule in outer space they wash and drink from the same continuously recycled source. So why, asked Swedish industrial designer Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, do we not do the same on Earth?

This was the concept behind the OrbSys Shower – a high-tech purification system that recycles water while you wash. In the eyes of Mahdjoubi, we should start doing it now, before it becomes a necessity.

So how does it work? Similar to space showers, it works on a “closed loop system:” hot water falls from the tap to the drain and is instantly purified to drinking water standard and then pumped back out of the showerhead. As the process is quick, the water remains hot and only needs to be reheated very slightly.