Concerns about water scarcity are on the rise, companies are looking for more and more sophisticated ways to reduce water consumption. For the founder and CEO of Hydraloop, Arthur Valkieser, the answer was clear: to design a device to purify and reuse household water.
Hydraloop is about the size of a refrigerator (actually flatter) and hooks into your home’s water system. Once installed, it will process the wastewater in different ways. This treated water is then processed by an aerobic bioreactor and finally disinfected with UV light. These types of treatments are typically used in large-scale water treatment facilities. Once the treatments are finished, the resulting clean water leaves the Hydraloop to be reused in bathrooms, washing machines, swimming pools and even in the garden.
This multi-step process is Hydraloop’s secret recipe, and is a much more complex solution than simply filtering solid waste from water or using chemicals to disinfect it. Both methods require more regular maintenance than the average homeowner might want to invest.
With Hydraloop you can optimize certain settings and get an idea of how much water you are saving in a mobile app built into the system, but otherwise maintenance is minimal. As Ron Popeil would say, you are supposed to set it up and forget about it.
But how much can you save? The company estimates that a household of four people who shower daily, use the toilet regularly and run a washing machine a day could save up to 75,000 liters of water per year. That’s not only good for the environment, but also good for your wallet.
100 of these units are currently in use in Europe and Asia, and he plans to start bringing them to the US this year. At $4,000 per unit, Hydraloops aren’t exactly cheap, but the water savings you get helps you recoup that initial investment over time. And honestly, with the earth in the condition it is in today, $4,000 could be a small price to pay to know that you are helping the environment.
More information: www.hydraloop.com