Authors: Anays Hernandez, Rumana Ali, Jose Rodriguez, Sindia Rivera-Jiménez
Faculty Mentor: Sindia Rivera-Jiménez
College: Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that old showers may use up to 5 gallons of water per minute and water-saving shower heads produce about 2 gallons per minute. The agency recommends that taking a shorter shower using a low-flow showerhead saves a multitude of water. A water consumption/quality sensor that relatively anyone can install in their shower head can help to solve this problem. In addition, with an increased amount of pollution in water quality, this will not only aid consumers, but the environment to retain sustainability. Global market research reported that the environmental sensor market was valued at USD 1.22 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 2.19 billion by 2023. The use of sensors in the K-14 classroom has shown to be of significant educational value since they can help address societies problems while integrating many STEM disciplines. The primary objective of this pilot project is to create a water consumption/quality sensor that is easy to use and cost-effective for the everyday individual. The integrated sensor system uses simple electrical equipment including photo-resistors, light sources, 3D printed parts, and the Arduino. Ideally, this work will become an instructional module that can be used to increase the interest of K-14 students into the chemical engineering field by tackling environmental problems using a human-centered design approach, and may even be taken to 3rd world countries to improve water quality in general.