‘A little water goes a long way.’ We use our tagline or strapline because it summarises succinctly the JetWet product and what we are about as a business. A portable cleaning device that runs from a 12-volt power supply, is totally portable, has its own integral water supply. Autonomous.
The JetWet is very frugal and effective in its use of water for the purposes it was designed. So we wanted to put that into context for our visitors. It’s fascinating.
Food and agriculture are the largest consumers of water, requiring one hundred times more than we use for personal needs. Up to 70 % of the water we take from rivers and groundwater goes into agriculture, about 10% is used in domestic applications and 20% in industry. It’s estimated that 1,000 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of beef, 576 for a pound of pork. Contrast that with 216 for soybeans and 108 for corn. It’s mind-boggling. Even a single pint of milk needs 74 litres (17gallons) of water to produce.
So let’s look at the ‘least wasteful’ of the uses, personal use. In an average US home, showers are typically the third largest water use after toilets and clothes washers. The average American shower uses 17.2 gallons (65.1 US litres) and lasts for 8.2 minutes at average flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute (gpm).
Slightly differently, in the UK, however, showers are by far the biggest consumers of water in the home, consuming 25%, consuming 500 million gallons per day (!) with toilets second at 22%. An average shower lasts seven-and-a-half minutes, yet cutting just a minute off that time would save British households £215 million on energy bills each year, a recent report stated.
That’s in the home. What about outside?
A standard garden hose uses about 10 gallons (45litres) per minute. This means you use 100 gallons of water with only a 10-minute car wash. (One assumption was that a typical car wash at home takes 30 minutes when the most wasteful leave that tap on, that’s 300 gallons of water used.) But let’s stick to the 100 gallons version. It’s estimated that having an automatic shut-off nozzle saves as much as 70% of that. That’s now ‘only’ 30 gallons.
It is also worth noting that commercial car washes are also water-efficient with very high-pressure pumps and small nozzles on the trigger guns. When the automatic equipment is linked to a recycling system, 70-80% of the water is reclaimed, cleaned and re-used
Now think of a bucket. One of those black durable builders buckets is designed to hold 3 gallons of liquid (about 13.5 litres). The JetWet sport power washer contains 2/3 of that amount. By producing low pressure it uses lots less water – 2 litres per minute, than a standard hose. In fact a 20th of that used by a hose. And it’s no less effective.
It means you save water, save money, and save a potential flood or quagmire around your home. It’s ideal for cleaning your dog, boots, prams, bikes, golf clubs (ideally before you go home!), boots, garden tools, glass, windows, wheelie bins.