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Water Valves Can Save You $10 A Month

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With water rationing and the cost of water going up this summer, it's never been a better time to conserve. One North County inventor promises to save you between one and four gallons a minute.

As a Watermiser machinist drills the fittings, the concept becomes clear: forcing your household water through a tiny hole will save you money.

North County inventor John Schommer admits he's got a complicated mind. One idea floating through his head helped him create Watermiser flow control valves. You see, drug addicts often steal low-flow aerators from public sinks to smoke drugs out of. So John invented a water restrictor that's installed under the sink.

Using a side-by-side comparison, John shows us the difference between a normal low-flow faucet and his Watermiser system.

"It's totally adequate to brush the teeth, to wash the face. We are saving one gallon a minute, every minute this faucet is on," John said.

John has sold 65,000 units so far. In fact, after testing the product, the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas is going to install his invention in 7,000 rooms.

"The guests are happy, they don't know the difference," John said.

John says that's the key to saving water, because people don't like to change their habits.

"They like to know they are being green, but without feeling like they are being deprived," he said.

Just ask Watermiser marketing director Ray Wahoff's 16-year-old daughter, queen of the 30-minute shower. Ray's daughter refuses to take shorter showers, so he installed a Watermiser power showerhead that now uses 66 percent less water.

"I've actually been able to finally get control over that situation. She hasn't changed, but our water bill has changed," Ray said.

So how much can you save? John Schommer says between $5 and $10 per water bill, meaning his products pay for themselves.

"Realistically you're looking at about three months," he said.

A set of valves costs $22, and the showerhead is $39.

John also wants to sell you his Watermiser waterbroom, but that's a story and in invention for another day.

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