Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, with more than 20 million people in the metropolitan region, sits at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters in the heart of the country where it is near no major natural water sources. Two enormous systems dating back to the 1940s and 1970s elevate water by more than 900 meters to reach the residents of the city.
Gomez Andonaegui, a spa-owner in the city, found that the price for water fluctuated so much that it was major stress in running his business. He dreamed about ways to manage it better. That was nearly five years ago. Today, Andonaegui and his co-founder Philip Winter are unveiling the fruits of their work with a new shower head that uses 70 percent less water.
Called the Nebia, the shower creates millions of tinier water droplets with a surface area that is 100 times larger than the drops that normal shower heads produce. Because of that, Nebia’s shower head has a flow of 2.8 liters per minute, compared to the 9.5 liters per minute under EPA standards.
“Showers have been the same for 100 years. There’s has been no meaningful innovation here. We think we can have a very cool brand with the idea of conserving the world’s water with Nebia,” Winter said. “We want to change the way that people think about water in their day-to-day lives. The shower is the most intimate part of your day that you spend with water.”
Nebia’s flat, circular shower head is made of a high-density polymer with nozzles that spray out micro droplets. Then the shower’s bracket is made from anodized aluminum. It connects to any standard pipe in the home. For now, it’s not connected to any kinds of software. However, the team thinks there are long-term possibilities to build an Internet-of-Things model that could tell consumers how much water and energy they are using or later down the line, a smart water heater.