myWater delivers real-time feedback about household water consumption to get people to use less. The device takes your household water consumption and turns it into a visually rich experience. On a simple LCD display you can see your real-time water use, compare it over time, and use that information to change your behavior.
As water demand exceeds supply on a scale that has never been seen before, water conservation has become a critical issue for all. Cities will bear real and significant costs if people fail to take the necessary steps to manage their water consumption. Currently, options are limited for households to determine their real-time water use. Because most water in the United States is charged on a monthly or quarterly basis, water bills provide delayed and limited feedback hindering behavioral change.
With myWater the path was not linear. Originally, ideas started in the bathroom around greywater reuse systems. However, through observation and prototyping, it became clear that there was a broader problem at hand - a breakdown in feedback on your water use. Every question can be answered with a prototype. myWater was realized through a cycle of sketching, building prototypes, user testing, and refining design direction accordingly.