Our day with the faculty went really well. We got a lot of great feedback that improved our solution. We were asked about the design of our solution. One of the faculty members recommended that we build a clamp to attach to the head of the sink. We loved this idea because it would fit on every sink head. Many sink heads are different sizes so this idea made perfect sense. Another great idea was to make this clamp waterproof. This was something that we had not thought of. This way if water gets on it it will not break. We needed to modify the time limit choice that we gave. We learned that to sell this we needed to explain to people that this will lower their water bill and that they are helping the environment.
Now that we have made modifications we know a lot more about the design of our solution. It will be a device that attaches to the head of the sink with a clamp. For this project we are working within our school community.
Our solution will have a positive impact on the people who use it. It will have a positive solution because it will decrease there water bill. They will be paying less for water each month. The faucet is 15% of indoor water use. Our goal is to get this percent to decrease. This will be a very valuable product because it is cheap and it saves money.
This will have a positive impact on our community because this device won’t only help in the home that it is in. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of therapy that encourages people to change their bad habits. This form of therapy is used mainly with people who have OCD. People who use our device will get used to the beeping and they will start to turn off the water sooner because they are anticipating the sound of the beeping. If they are using the sink somewhere where they do not have this device they will still anticipate the beeping and be more careful with the sink. This is because there bad habits have changed. To collect data we are going to measure the average amount of water wasted per minute in LA and then find the difference. If we have time to test our solution we will reach out to people who will put this device in their homes and record how much water they saved. We are expecting the result of this device to be that the percent of water used from sinks will decrease.
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