This plug-and-play faucet attachment reduces water use by 98%

The Altered:Nozzle turns tap water into a fine mist to radically reduce the amount of water needed for many common tasks.

A new entry into the water conservation market promises a 98% reduction in water use, by atomizing the water coming through it while enabling the water to do the same amount of work, yet with huge savings. Similar in concept to the Nebia showerhead, the Altered:Nozzle effectively optimizes the use of the water flowing out of the faucet instead of letting it just flood out over and past the task at hand, whether it's washing your hands or rinsing vegetables or doing the dishes.

We probably all know about the aerators that are installed on faucets, which have a dual purpose of reducing the amount of water flowing out of the faucet (due to being mixed with air), while also delivering a stream of water that's much less likely to splash out of the sink, but this new faucet accessory takes that to a whole new level by reducing water use by up to 98%.

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The Altered:Nozzle, described as "the worlds most extreme water saving nozzle," attaches to any standard faucet and has two settings, the Mist mode, which is rated at 0.18 liters (.047 gallons) of water per minute, and the Super Saver mode, which is rated at 1.8 liter (.32 gallons) per minute. This dual mode allows for extremely frugal water use when doing water-intensive tasks (Mist mode), while also letting you switch over to a higher flow rate for other tasks (and yet reducing water flow by up to 85%).

"The secret behind saving 98% water is the millions of microscopic droplets, or as the professionals call it: Atomization. This way you get a bigger surface and you only use the water you need instead of wasting it – literally letting it slip through your fingers. A magical extreme saving experience."

The Altered:Nozzle is currently in the middle of a successful Kickstarter campaign(garnering pledges worth some $169,000 on its original $29,155 goal), and although the early bird rewards ($29 level) are all spoken for, backers at the $44 level will be able to put this little water miser to work in their homes sometime in December of this year. It will be available in several different finishes, and is said to fit the three main sizes of faucets in use in both the EU and the US.