Elevator Pitch: Water Recycling and Reuse

21 نوفمبر
2010

Group Name: GWAM

Our product is for the College and University systems of Georgia who are unconscious of how much clean water is being wasted daily, that have students who constantly use water on a daily basis.  Our solution is a filtration/plumbing system incorporated into the bathrooms of dorms and sprinkling systems, that involves filtering off various products used in conjunction with water, as well as run off, and reusing that water.  Unlike the plumbing and drainage systems that are in place that send a vast amount of water to the sewers, our system collects water that has been used, filters it, and redistributes that water back to the bathrooms of dorms, and sprinkling systems.

Information:

All the water that we use in our homes comes from either a ground source, such as an aquifer or well, or a surface water source, such as a water processing plant which refines and recycles water.  After we are done using the water in our homes it generally goes into a septic tank, seeps into the ground to evaporate, or travels to a sewage-treatment facility.   On average, experts estimate that a person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day, which comes from not only the use of the toilet, but from the shower, and sinks as well.  Our field research consisted of interviews, and the results are as follows.

Questions:

  • How much water do you think you use daily?
  • In what ways do you think you could reduce this number?
  • Do you think watching water consumption is a concern for the future?

Jake Conroy

  • I think I use around 40 gallons, only because of showering.
  • I could take quicker showers and use the faucet less.
  • Yes, because if we can reduce our use of water daily, it will overall reduce the costs for the future to process and clean water for us to use.

John Schaberg

  • I probably use around 60 gallons of water daily.
  • My showers could definitely be shorter.  I am tending to stay in longer in the warm water since it is getting cooler outside.
  • There is no concern for the immediate future.  As long as our usage does not increase in a dramatic amount, I don’t feel like it will be a big concern or issue to worry about.

Resources:

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qahome.html

http://www.data360.org/dsg.aspx?Data_Set_Group_Id=757

http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc.html

2 تعليقان to Elevator Pitch: Water Recycling and Reuse

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ShabiG

نوفمبر 23rd, 2010 at 2:09 م

Good work on the elevator pitch.

But, please upload your research findings as well as your findings from your field research. You can look at the “Designing Individualism” group for a good example of field research. Also you can use yourselves as the interviewees and document your experience. Or perform observational research.

Additionally, don’t finalize your concept yet, let this remain as one idea. Continue brainstorming alternate ideas and please upload your brainstorming activities as well.

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ShabiG

نوفمبر 25th, 2010 at 2:18 م

Good start to the research, but I would love to hear more. take a look at the power point that I presented on Innovation: http://rand.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/What-is-Innovation1.pdf. This will give your team a good idea of what type of information you want to gather and document from your research. Through the research, Capture what people do, how they behave, document other objects that are involved in the experience, document the environmental characteristics that affect the experience, document the messaging and signage that helps guide people, document the services if any that are being provided as part of the experience. Additionally document your own personal experiences, how did you feel, were you confused, stressed, where did you look for answers, ect

The more you document the more insights your group can gather which will lead better brainstorming and ideation.

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