Super-Kid Clobbers Water Wasters

August 20, 2008 at 11:00 am 2 comments

The average American taking the average shower uses approximately 15,000 gallons of water per year – on average. Elizabeth Rintels, a 12-year-old from Keswick, Virginia is trying to break that ‘law’ of averages.

The 12-year-old from Keswick, Virginia devised a device called the “Water Watcher” which monitors personal water usage and alerts the ‘water waste’ when their usage becomes excessive. The device earned Elizabeth first prize in the national “Going Green Challenge”, winning out over thousands of other entries, and netted the pre-teen $10,000 (US) for her ingenious idea.

“I was thrilled when I found out I’d won the BKFK Going Green Challenge!”, said Elizabeth Rintels, “At home, we try to use things more than once and recycle at the recycling center. We also try not to waste energy or water. It was this conservation awareness in my home that inspired ‘The Water Watcher.”’

The device helps to keep people aware of the amount of water they use when they perform everyday tasks like showering or brushing their teeth. ‘The Water Watcher’ beeps and flashes red light every time a half-gallon is used alerting with the hopes that people will become more cognizant of the tremendous amount of water that can be wasted in a short period of time. In fact, Elizabeth figured that reducing her shower time by just a minute would save approximately 1,000 gallons of water per person per year, which is what ultimately lead her to design ‘The Water Watcher’.

The contest, launched as a joint effort between By Kids For Kids (BKFK) and The Weather Channel, is designed to inspire kids to make a difference, environmentally speaking. Launched in October 2007, the contest challenges America’s youth to create new eco-ideas for the changing planet.

Norman Goldstein, Founder and CEO of BKFK, commented, ‘I would like to congratulate Elizabeth on her thoughtful, eco-friendly creation. It’s very easy to dream away in a hot shower, not caring about ones water usage. ‘The Water Watcher’ elevates consciousness about water consumption, resulting in necessary water conservation.’

By briansrapier

[via Treehugger via BKFK]

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