A Derry firm has developed an innovative showerhead that effectively counters bacterial threats, including Legionella and Pseudomonas, and virtually eliminates limescale clogging.
Pulse Eco Shower company has received Invest NI financial and technical support to both develop and market the new showerhead, a recent winner of the prestigious Green Hospitality Award.
The product “Pure Pulse”, which has been tested by experts at Queen’s University’s internationally respected Questor Centre in Belfast, is now being trialled by a major healthcare trust and following extensive testing is currently being used by a number of water authorities in Britain.
Details of the Questor study were revealed by Christie Allen, founder of the small business together with business partner James Clarke, and welcomed by Des Gartland, Manager of Invest NI’s North West Regional Office in Derry.
Mr Allen, outlining how the new showerhead works, said: “Our design has produced a much more efficient, hygienic and healthier shower system. Questor’s research found that the new head virtually eliminates limescale clogging and dramatically reduces bacteria due to the small surface area inside the head and the use of a small metal exit point compared to traditional domestic showerheads which use a spray plate involving rubber nipples which offer a natural breeding ground for bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas. Pure Pulse also reduces water consumption by between 40 and 60 per cent.
“Removing the spray plate means there is nowhere for bacteria and limescale to develop... Our system has been designed to, and has been proven to, offer an effective solution to these problems.”
Des Gartland added: “Pulse Eco Shower is an excellent example of our strategic focus on encouraging and assisting entrepreneurial companies in the development and marketing of innovative products with significant export potential.
“Pulse Eco Shower has developed a highly innovative product that could transform the shower industry.”