nebia addresses routine showers to help with world wide water shortages
nebia addresses routine showers to help with world wide water shortages nebia addresses routine showers to help with world wide water shortages
aug 12, 2015

nebia addresses routine showers to help with world wide water shortages

nebia addresses routine showers to help with world wide water shortages
all images courtesy of nebia





climate change and rising temperatures have been tough on california in 2015. the last major drought happened in late 1970s, but only 20 million people resided in the state. now nearly 40 million live there, and that’s a troubling statistic. a san francisco based start up called nebia believes this will be the deciding factor, – californians need to play a major role to meet the minimum 25% mandatory cuts in water usage. they’ve decided to focus on those long showers people are taking everyday, and redesigned a shower head from scratch.

nebia-shower-system-02the form was designed by box clever



‘showers have been the same for 100 years’, explains co-founder and CEO, philip winter. ‘not only do we need a more efficient solution, we need an all around better experience in our daily routines. ‘we set out to create a better shower experience first, and save as much water as possible. it turns out the age old belief that more water equals a better experience isn’t necessarily true.’


nebia’s kickstarter campaign
video courtesy of nebia



the nebia shower head atomizes water into a millions of tiny droplets, creating a water spray ten times greater than that of a regular shower. they’ve done this by researching and developing an advanced nozzle system influenced by thrusters from space rockets. this better system boasts waters savings of up to 70%. they estimate that 200 billion gallons of water can be saved annually, if every person in the sate were to switch to a their shower. the company asked box clever to frame a design alongside the technology with an elegant, and simple form. the result is functional, easy to install system that could really disrupt the shower head industry.

nebia-shower-system-03the hand shower




nebia is currently running a campaign on kickstarter, which is accompanied by serious silicon valley investors like apple CEO tim cooke and y-combinator. expect to see the shower head in may 2016, where hopefully california will still have water to offer.

the nozzle redesign


nebia-shower-system-05the water covers more area than traditional shower heads


nebia-shower-system-06the head rotates up to 45 degrees


nebia-shower-system-07the arm also slides up and down

  • fast loss of pressure (atomizing) comes together with a temperature descend, it is called adiabatic expansion and can be derived from the ideal gas law PV = nRT; I failed to see where in the specs this if counter-effected, apart from the obvious impact on gas/electricity bill

    Peter says:
  • Nice work.

    Adam Brocklehurst says:
  • amazing, why did nobody think of that before?

    Simba says:
  • Where/when will this NEBIA shower head be available for purchased? I want to be one of the first to have one here in San Francisco.

    Joe Obermeier says:
  • It’s always easier to criticise, but I see two points on the negative side: fast clogging of the tiny nozzles by calcifying and danger of deseases by bacteria and viruses in the water which will be breathed in with the aerosol. This once was a lethal problem with the legionella bacteria.
    It already safes a lot of water if you radically reduce the shower time: you won’t get cleaner exceeding 1 or 2 minutes. With a small water jet 5l is more than enough for one shower. Any excess is luxury.

    Dirk16 says:
  • These spray nozzles are likely from Karcher car wash) to wash (the hands and feet of all that goes locally) but for the upper main soul you sure you want to spray water into their respiratory system?

    cheburashka says:

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