When you wash your hands or rinse off soapy dishes under a running tap, most of the water just flows out of the faucet and down the drain without being used – or at least, that's what the folks at Swedish firm Altered tell us. That's why they created the Altered:Nozzle, which atomizes tap water into a fine mist. According to the company, the result is a 98 percent reduction in water use, with no loss in functionality.

Described as "the world's most extreme water-saving nozzle," the brass-bodied device is simply attached to the end of an existing faucet in about 30 seconds.

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When set to its Mist mode, it uses 0.18 liters (.05 US gallons) of water per minute. Although only about 2 percent the flow rate of an unadorned tap, the increased surface area created by the high-speed mist reportedly allows it to perform tasks such as washing and rinsing just as effectively.

Filling a glass with water in that mode, however, takes two or three minutes. Because of that, the nozzle can be switched over to a Saver mode, which is still more efficient than using no nozzle at all, but that increases the flow rate to 3 liters (0.8 gal) per minute.

If you're interested, the Altered:Nozzle is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of 324 krona (about US$38) will get you one, when and if they reach production.

And if you're thinking that someone should apply the same idea to a shower head – well, that would be the Nebia Shower.

Sources: Altered, Kickstarter

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