Competition: five Waterpebbles by
Priestmangoode to be won


We've got together with Paul Priestman of design consultancy Priestmangoode to give away five Waterpebbles, designed to reduce water consumption while showering.

The small device is placed in the bottom of the shower, where it measures and remembers the amount of water consumed during it's first use.

During subsequent showers, the Waterpebble uses a series of LEDs to indicate the volume of water being consumed relative to that first use.

With each use the device gives warnings earlier, encouraging shorter showers and saving water.

See the Waterpebble in action in the video above.

This competition is now closed.

Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter and at the bottom of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.

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Here's some more information from Priestmangoode:

Waterpebble – your little water saver

Waterpebble is a revolutionary device designed to take the effort out of saving water as you shower. Designed by product designer Paul Priestman, Waterpebble is unique in the way it works to help reduce water usage.

The clever device monitors water going down the plug hole when you shower. Memorising your first shower and using it as a benchmark, Waterpebble then indicates, via a series of ‘traffic lights’, flashing gently from green through to red, when to finish showering. Each time you shower Waterpebble automatically fractionally reduces your shower time helping you to save water without needing to think about it.

“There is a huge imperative to use less water but it’s a difficult thing to quantify” says Paul Priestman. “I wanted to design something that takes the hard work out of going green and that helps people change their behaviour so that eventually they are doing it automatically. The Waterpebble has a mind of its own so that it literally does all the hard work and the user is gently persuaded to use less water”.

Paul Priestman is founding director of Priestmangoode, a multidisciplinary design group creating world class designs for leading airlines, train companies and hotels, and intelligent and inspiring design for everyday products and services.

Congratulations to our winners! Michael Luk in Canada, Vivian Lopez Ramirez in France, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas in Portugal, Tamara Ponomarenko in the UK and Tom Cole also in the UK.

Posted on Friday March 5th 2010 at 3:49 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • eye+

    nice,. I imagine all the discussions with my girlfriend, lol

  • mr

    This would be a good product if it wasn’t for the fact that the batteries aren’t replaceable.

  • quinn

    I wonder how the usage of this little guy offsets it’s production, it’s use of plastic, it’s use of batteries, etc…

  • Mark Harrison

    So the Waterpebble warns me that my water consumption is in danger of increasing against my benchmark. I can of course just ignore its pleadings or play a game to be out before the pebble goes red. Equally, would other shower users respect the consumption level I set, I think not. Family packs of them colour coded for each ‘owner’ maybe. No, sorry I just don’t think this has been thought through at all!

  • pop

    great idea.. i want one

  • Shell sinbau

    I think its a good idea. Its a way of subtly reminding people to be water concious during the shower, without forcing slogans in your face about how destructive we are. Over a period of time it will work to change habits.

    But yeah, I didn’t see any info on its energy consumption or life span…

  • Marc
  • would be almost tempted to play shower football and then possibly slip on it like a bar of soap! not convinced.

  • Aki

    What about an electroshock if the red light is ignored?
    That would raise some attention…

  • zorgon

    lame. more plastic gimmicky crap sold on the premise of ‘green’ practise inevitably destined for the landfill. a bit misguided if you feel the need to purchase such junk in lieu of being cognizant of your own behaviours and adjusting accordingly. totally counterproductive, but being green seems to be more about fashion than anything else these days.

  • cos

    just counting to twenty, then 19, then 18… would work. there is no way that the water saved in this case is worth the production of batteries and plastics.

    only an eco-worrier would buy it. or an eco-moron. making more harm for the planet

  • Tex

    I use an egg timer (sand in hourglass type) on a suction cup on the shower wall. Finish before the sand does. Easy!