WaterSaver is the brainchild of electrician Jon Taylor who, while working in Raglan, encountered several instances where water tank owners were losing their valuable water as a result of accidents and unanticipated events e.g. taps left on, burst pipes. During such events, the pressure pump would run unchecked, often until the water tank was emptied.
Jon realised the problem was one of controlling the pressure pump, and set about designing an affordable off-the-shelf solution that would allow the pressure pump to work unimpeded as it was designed to - starting and stopping in response to water demand - but intervene and stop the pump - by cutting power to the pump - when it reached a set maximum uninterrupted time limit.
The result was a product Jon called Jet Stop, now known as WaterSaver. WaterSaver prevents the loss of valuable tank water and potential damage to property by monitoring the power to the pump and cutting the power when the pump has run for a maximum uninterrupted period of 30 minutes. Essentially WaterSaver assumes that after 30 minutes of uninterrupted run time, something is wrong and there is the risk of valuable tank water being lost.
The WaterSaver solution is designed for use both in the home and at work. While it is of obvious benefit to those living or working in rural or remote communities - where mains water is not available - it also has application in urban areas where there is an increasing focus on water conservation.
Jon Taylor (front row, white shirt) receiving his graduation award.
Like many budding entrepreneurs, Jon worked out of his garage to start with. In 2015 he entered WaterSaver (then Jet Stop) in the Fieldays Vodafone Innovation in Technology Award of the Year category making the finals against some very stiff and well funded competition. Commenting on his application, The New Zealand Innovation Council said:
"Really great focused innovation. You have picked a problem of water loss and developed a great solution...good opportunity in drought sensitive environments"
As a reward for making the finals, Jon received funding and mentoring in the form of the SODA Inc. incubation program. He graduated from the program in 2016. That same year he moved to Nelson, where he continued to pursue the business opportunity, with typical financial and moral support from friends and family. In late 2016 Jon presented his idea to the Nelson angel investors who invested seed capital for market research and production of a minimum viable product.
Articles we are featured in
NZ Plumber - Tank water saver. This Kiwi innovation provides peace of mind for rural tank owners. (p79)
Canterbury Farming - Saving valuable tank water. WaterSaver can be a great asset to people living in rural areas, where entire farms depend on tank/stored water. Canterbury Farming brings our innovation to the region. (p14)
NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine - How to prevent your water tank accidentally running dry. A great idea for lifestylers! (p75)
The Nelson Mail - Nelson electrician invents water saving device. A simple but great idea, an invention that could save water tank owners hundreds of dollars.
NZ Entrepreneur - StartUp Watch: WaterSaver, a clever innovation that prevents the loss of valuable tank water and potential damage to your pump and property.
Dairy News - Device prevents tank water losses that are common occurrences for tank owners and farmers.
Waikato independent - Final eight innovators aim to be pitch-perfect, one of them is Jon Taylor. These finalists will be the ones to watch in the market place.
Scoop - Finalist in the New Zealand innovators awards demonstrate that Kiwi innovation is thriving. An immediate solution to water loss that protects your water tank from running dry.