There seems to be an app for everything these days which led me to write my last post Water Wise iPhone Apps. Whether we want to do more ourselves or even show our friends how easy it can be, there are countless apps to save money while living a more eco-friendly life. With more and more smartphones on the market I decided to hunt down what Android apps were out there for everything water.
In no particular order, here some of the most interesting and useful apps I have found:
Do you drink enough water? Do you always forget to drink water regularly? These three free apps will remind you to drink water every day and track your water drinking habits. With reminders and history graphs you have an overview of your daily and monthly drinking habits to help you meet your daily goals.
We all know there are many benefits of drinking water, but here are a few key reminders:
- Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired.
- Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and control calories.
- Water moisturizes skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
- Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids.
- Water helps all your internal organs, especially your kidneys and brain.
Hydro – drink water is the highest ranked hydration app on Google play probably as it is the most advanced and customisable app of its kind on the market. The water consumption calculator suggests a goal to reach each day and a personal hydration plan reminds you to never forget to drink.
Water Your Body is a beautifully designed app where you fill up your shelves with cups and bottles, showing how much water you have drunk throughout the day. One minor downside is that the app decides how much water it thinks you should be drinking every day without giving you an idea of where that number comes from. That said, as a tracker, it’s fantastic.
Choose Tap is a Melbourne, Australia based app available on iPhone and Android. Yarra Valley Water developed the app to help you to find tap water wherever you are in Melbourne. With over 500 locations, you can find a fountain whenever you need it.
I have found several international app equivalents such as WeTap in USA and Fountains in Italy. Hopefully we’ll see growth around the world to support the use of environmentally friendly reusable water bottles.
Water Timer is a free app that helps measure your shower time or the time it takes to water the lawn and calculates the amount of water used as well as how much you have to pay for it. You can save a history of calculations and email them to yourself for backup and future reference.
With the option to change flow rates this is a great tool to calculate savings if you were to move to a more water efficient showerhead.
If you always forget to water your flowers this is the right app for you. Waterbot tracks all your plants and notifies you when attention is needed, never letting your flowers die of thirst again. The app looks great and is very functional. All you need to do is create flower avatars using phone’s camera, set the watering interval, and that’s it! Mark plant as “watered” after you watered it and you will be notified by Waterbot when your flower needs water again.
For anyone in Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Water is the official dam level application with all you need to know about your local water supply. Rich information is available telling you where the rain fell, how much went into reservoirs, how much we used, and how this all compares with previous years.
Where’s My Water? is the ‘GAME OF THE YEAR’ award-winning puzzler. It’s a great app for children with a full paid version for $1.05, available on iPhone too.
“Help Swampy by guiding water to his broken shower. Each level is a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics. Cut through dirt and guide fresh water, dirty water, toxic water, steam, and ooze through increasingly challenging scenarios! Every drop counts!”
A Bit of Fun
Coming out of a chilly winter I couldn’t remember the last time I had sat out at a pool or by the beach. I’ve recently found a few apps that just hypnotized me the first time I saw them in use. Both apps have paid versions at around $1.50 with added features but the free versions are a great way to check them out initially. Water Drops Real and Water live wallpaper are beautiful, realistic, live water wallpapers that allow you to customize your background image and water drop settings.
Whether you’re an Android or an iPhone user it is incredible how simple and effective all these apps are in reminding us of the value of water and how to manage it more efficiently in our lives. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these apps and especially any other apps you may have heard of or tried.