A water-saving invention costing £10 has the potential to save operators “millions of pounds”, according to its creators.
The Drenched Volumiser is a simple device which fits onto a tap, transforming water into an ultra-fine molecular mist which warms on contact with air and skin, saving water, energy and money.
It means users can wash their hands in just three tablespoons of water – a fraction of the amount normally used.
The team behind the device insist it could help care homes massively trim their operating costs.
The launch comes after the Drenched team won the technical enterprise award in the national Pitch@Palace final in late 2016, where the device viewed by HM the Queen and was trialled in one of her palace taps.
Earlier this week the volumiser launched nationwide to the commercial marketplace via control solutions specialist Crompton Controls and suppliers Universal Office Products and Diamond Industrial.
Its inventor, Wes Sugden-Brook (pictured), a mechanical engineer who helps major UK manufacturers to develop energy efficiency and green technologies, says the inspiration for the device came during a spot of gardening with his wife and two children.
Looking for a way to wash their dirty hands, the 39-year-old picked up the hosepipe, turned the nozzle setting to mist and as the grime disappeared, he had a Eureka moment.
“It cleaned our hands really effectively. Something clicked in my head about surface area and physics,” he says.
“I took it back to basics; de-engineered and made the product as simple as possible. My kids were a big part of the design process. Young minds see straight to the crux of the matter and work out a very simple way of achieving something,” he explains.