- How Much Can I Save?
Our Research Has shown that an average household using the Redwater Diverter system could save approximately 16,000 litres of water every year, that's approximately *9.3% of potable water used! These figures are only based on average daily usage. You could save even more than this!
To help save water, the Brisbane City Council recommend residents have 4 minute showers. If you install the Redwater Diverter system the first half of your 4 minute shower won't be cold!
To test how much you can save, wait until the hot water pipes have cooled overnight, then use a bucket to catch the Redwater at the hot tap in your kitchen and bathroom. When the hot water arrives, turn off the tap and measure how much water is in the bucket.
If you waited at your kitchen sink for 1 minute, you could save approximately 9 litres each time you use the tap!
*The percentage was calculated using information from the Brisbane City Council advising that average daily water consumption for Brisbane households in April 2007 was 470 litres per day.
- How Much Will it Cost?
Depending on where your hot water system is installed, the average home would require a Redwater Diverter for the kitchen and one for each additional bathroom.
The investment in a Redwater Diverter is AU$110.00 RRP (GST inclusive).
You will require a plumber to install each Redwater Diverter and return line. The averag installation would tak a plumber 1 - 3 hours. The cost of materials for the return line will depend on the size of your house and the length required. The return line can be polythene or polybutylene pipe which is cheap and quick to install.
Most plumbers have a piping system they are familiar with and should be able to make further recommendations.
- Redwater Hot Facts!
The Redwater Diverter:
- Doesn't need electricity! So it has no ongoing costs.
- Has versatile options for use of the saved water.
- Obtains near 100% water recovery.
- Is usable with any hot water system in any location.
- Is usable with any existing or new tapware.
- Doesn't need you to change the way you live, just use the hot tap as normal.
- Is compact and simple.
- Can be easily retrofitted into existing plumbing or installed into new constructions.
- Complements other water saving products and systems.
- Was invented in Australia.
- Is made in Australia and patented in Australia (worldwide patents pending).
The Redwater Diverter is manufactured to International and Australian Standard ISO AS/NZ 9002, and is certified to Australian Standard AS 1357.2.
It helps you do your bit for the environment without changing the way you live!
- What people are saying...
"This device, I believe, is well thought out and particularly interesting in that it does not use energy" - Chris Walton, Managing Director Landmatters Currumbin Valley Pty Ltd - The Eco Village at Currumbin
"A truly innovative product. I love it so much I want one in my own home" - Jim McKnoulty - Brisbane Resident
"It is the most economical way of saving water in its field, it is easy to install, every home owner should want one." - Paul Reedy, Manager K & R Plumbing Supplies.
ORDINARY PEOPLE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE COURIER MAIL - Amanda Watt
Andrew Willsford 40 Valuer, Inventor Upper Brookfield
I was having a drink with a neighbour about ten years ago and we were talking about different
inventions and ideas. I said, "Mate, I've got a good one" and told him about this water-saving device
I'd been thinking about for a while. The idea was to create a diversion valve near the hot water
supply of your house so that when you turned on the shower or kitchen tap, the cool water that
usually went down the drain while you were waiting for it to warm up was diverted back to your
We brainstormed it for some time and then sketched it out on the side of the carton of beer we
were drinking.We didn't know if it was a winner or not but it seemed like a fantastic project to
work on. The only way we could afford to make up a prototype was to do it ourselves so we
bought a lathe, a milling machine and some metal and over the next couple of years spent many
a late night in my shed refining the idea until it was ready to patent. We got it onto the market
in 2009. It's done better overseas than here. Africa and Europe are good markets for us, as are
Victoria and NSW — we're selling about 1000 a year now.
My day job is valuing land and buildings. I started out in the suburbs and then moved to [an
international firm] inQueen Street [in Brisbane's CBD] but about five years ago I just knew it
was time to leave.
I'd worked really long days for years. My wife and I had a young family and I hadn't seen much of
my eldest child [Tom, now eight] in the first few years of his life so when our daughter
[Sarah, 5] came along, I knew I didn't want to repeat that with her. We had an old, small house
on land at Brookfield [in Brisbane's west] so the plan was to build a bigger house and kick back for
a while, but the phone kept ringing so I ended up starting my own business from home. Valuer
s get paid to think, largely. I lecture at QUT and I tell the students the ability to hold a lot of detail
in your head is an important skill because a lot of our work is based on comparing properties; you
need to be able to recall what [similar] properties sold for and when.
Working from home is the key to a good life for me. My neighbour moved away a while ago so I'm
the only one running RedWater Australia now. I make the valves in the shed. I'll do a production
run over a couple of days and assemble about 1000 at a time. People who turn up to see me about
a valuation report wonder if they've rocked up to the wrong office when they see this bloke
emerge in King Gees and boots. Every day I'll package up any orders that come in, go to the post
office and drop off a few valves and some valuation reports, then go pick up the kids from school.