Middle School Student Invents Ingenious Water Saving Device

Elizabeth Rintels water watcher photo
When By Kids For Kids (BKFK) and The Weather Channel launched the Going Green Challenge to inspire kids to come up with neat inventions to help make an eco-difference there's little doubt that the field was an open one. With a myriad of issues in need of resolution, the grand prize winner, Elizabeth Rintels, 12, of Keswick, Virginia, came up with a "Water Watcher" invention that helps monitor water usage in an ingenious way.The device itself helps keep people aware of the amount of water they're using when they perform everyday tasks like showering or brushing their teeth. Beeping and signaling with a flashing red light every time a half-gallon is used, with the hopes that people will become more cognizant of the tremendous amount of water that can be wasted in a short period of time.

In fact, Elizabeth figures that reducing her shower time by just a minute would save approximately 1,000 gallons of water per year. A resource the Planet can use elsewhere just as much as she'll be able to put her $10,000 cash prize to good use. So congrats to a student with the smarts and the initiative to develop a neat device that can help make a difference!

Via: BKFK Press Release

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