Dhanvi G. 2023 | BASIS Independent Silicon Valley
- Project Title: TapCap9k: Saving California’s Water Crisis on an Individual Faucet Level
- Basis Independent Advisor: Nathan Magno
- Internship Location: California Department of Transportation
- Onsite Mentor: Somayaji Dhavala
The goal of the current study is to reduce water waste in California, and eventually nationwide, by creating a small, simple-to-install flow reduction device for faucets. According to studies, household leaks cause approximately 900 billion gallons of water annually. The proposed technology is designed to retrofit older homes, lowering their water consumption and relieving residents who are struggling with high water bills. Since it will be small, inexpensive, and unobtrusive, most faucets can use it. The research intends to enhance the device's impact and addressing the California water shortage situation, and conducted from my own home. The study combines surveys, interviews, and direct measurements to gauge how well the device works. Potential users of the prototype will be surveyed and interviewed, and actual measurements of water use will be made before and after the device is installed. Mechanical tools and instruments identified further in this paper will be utilized to collect data for this self-guided project. Advisor assistance and online hardware construction materials will support the study. By limiting water waste from faucets, this project aims to help California use less water.