While some have plenty to waste, access to clean water is still quite a challenge for many people globally, especially in the developing world.
But even in the developed world, access to potable water is not granted for everyone. People living in rural and secluded areas are sometimes disadvantaged. And in the cities, there is often inequitable water supply which affects those in low-income and informal settlements.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 800 million people around the world lack access to treated water and over two billion people rely on a water source that is contaminated with faecal matter, putting them at risk of diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery.
The future also looks as bleak as the present. It is projected that by 2025, half of the world will be living in areas that are water-stressed. And yet not many people in the world are very conscious of the challenge and the need to be prudent in their use of water.
That’s why Elisabeth Buecher, an installation artist based in London, designed a shower curtain which inflates after a short while and drives out the person showering so they don’t waste too much water.
Her concept shower curtain called “My Shower is a Green Warrior”, has on its surface, spikes which get inflated and become pointed after four minutes of showering, causing discomfort to the user.
“I looked at the environmental issue of excessive water consumption. I designed a series of water-saving shower curtains which inflate after four minutes spent under the water, taking over the space and discouraging long water-wasting showers,” she said.
According to the artist, her design is one of those ‘unpleasant but necessary’ things which although it represents a constraint for man, is for the greater good of environmental conservation.
What do you think of this? A green solution or a crazy idea?