Econa: Water Saving Device Wins EcoDesign Award

ECONA, not to be confused with the Econo or the ECO Showerdrop, is a water-saving device that could change the way you view (literally!) your water consumption at home. This gadget won the Concurso Nuevo Diseño 2008 (New Design Competition) in the ecodesign category. The logo for the Competition, which also has interior design, furniture, and urban environment categories can be seen to your left.

Designed by Clara Descals (Valencia) and Emma Laurin (Sweden), the touch panel receives, stores and manages information about household water consumption. It then displays the info about the house, via the water-droplet shaped units, that warn you if you are using too much of that clear gold and how much you should be using.

Images and more details about the Econa after the jump. The objective of this bluetooth-information-transferring device is to make we consumers more conscious of our water use at home. Its visual and graphic design is intended for ease of understanding by our little water consumers. The main control unit also has programmable software and a USB port that allows you to upload the information to your computer.


Econa Control Panel.


Econa's Dewdrop Shaped Units for Around the House.

Descals and Laurin both work at Acierta and we saw the announcement in one of the Spanish magazines - Living Deco that sponsored the award for designers and architects under 35. Unfortunately there are no other images available except for those found in the magazine, so we apologize for the not-as-high-as-usual quality and suggest you look at the supplement yourself, although it is only available in Spanish.
Via: Living Deco. Image credits: Living Deco.

More on Water Conservation and Similar Gadgets:
Water: Saving the Planet One Drop at a Time
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Tags: Design Competitions | Electronics | Environmental Footprint | Green Calculators | Spain | Water Conservation