Pentair Moment: Matteau finds inspiration in the shower

man taking a shower
man taking a shower


Pentair Moment: Matteau finds inspiration in the shower

“The water hits me like a wave. It’s feels like 0 to 100 kph in about 3 seconds. Lather, rinse and I’m starting to feel human again. Then my brain is alive – I always have my best ideas in the shower. Home or away, I need this blast. I travel a lot with work and always stay in this hotel chain. I check the shower quality before anything else in the room.”
Matteau Blanchet, Product Designer

Creativity flows from the shower


If Matteau’s shower time creativity sounds a little fanciful, he is not unusual. Research by top neuroscientists suggest that we are more creative when we are in the shower. Precious solo time in a warm, enclosed space. Free from any distraction and totally focused on the moment. When we are that relaxed, it increases the flow of dopamine in our bodies, and that is shown to stimulate creativity in our brains. It’s why we love our showers so much.


72% of people have their brightest ideas in the shower


However is it possible that Matteau’s flow of inspiration is proportional to the quality of the shower? Would his imagination be sparked quite so much under a trickle of tepid water … probably not.



Softened water is the secret ingredient 


We can be in control of the quality and power of our home showers and essentially the water they deliver. But as the guest of a hotel, our ‘shower power’ is in their hands. Will the water be hot? Especially in the morning when the rest of the guests are turning the taps on at the same time. Will it be clean? No one wants a shower screen that looks like it’s been sandblasted with scale. And will it be powerful, even if I am on the top floor?

woman taking a shower

Thankfully, delivering an invigorating shower to tens or even hundreds of guests is a science rather than an art. With a correctly configured water treatment system, any hotel can provide a plentiful supply of high-quality water, throughout the day. A powerful pump to pressurise and pack-a-punch to showers throughout the building. A decent boiler to turn cold to hot. And of course, the essential ingredient: water. A plentiful supply, high quality, soft and clear, which is where water treatment plays a vital part. It’s all about the system components and the softener is key!

Именно поэтому мы используем умягчители на основе соли, чтобы снизить содержание минералов, вызывающих жесткость воды. Благодаря содержанию соли умягчители заменяют ионы кальция и магния ионами натрия. Этот ионный обмен происходит в специальном резервуаре умягчителя, где нежелательные минералы удаляются, собираются и заменяются. Время от времени необходимо добавлять соль в умягчитель и промывать резервуар. Вся система управляется с помощью клапана, через который жесткая вода поступает внутрь умягчителя, выходя из него мягкой.

woman cleaning her face
woman in the shower

Water treatment may also mean removing other impurities in the water source. The best commercial grade systems may also have an oxidizer capability that, through a catalyser, can remove other contaminates such as iron. Such systems can either provide softened water, decontaminated water, or a blend of both.

So next time you are enjoying inspiration in a hotel shower, spare a thought for the water treatment workhorse down in the plant room. Your creative juices could be fuelled by top quality water – pure and simple as that!

If you have a moment…


Explore the Pentair ProFlow Commercial Softening System 


The Pentair ProFlow softening and filtering solution has been developed specifically for the demands of commercial users such as hotels and apartments. It removes the minerals that contribute to hard water, at the speed and scale required in high volume, pressurised systems. Pentair ProFlow is available with tank sizes up to 200 litres, which can be increased with multiple systems running in simplex, duplex or parallel configuration.

ProFlow provides a wide range of configurations, and is designed to work with a 1" or 1.5" control valve such as the smart NXT2 Controller. A simplex configuration can easily be upgraded, on site, to duplex parallel should the demand for treated water increase.

  • Multilingual, two-line, legible display = efficient installation and programming means reduced set-up time

  • Up to 200 litre softeners in Simplex, Duplex or Parallel configuration = versatile system suitable for several configurations

  • Not only for softening, ProFlow offers multimix 5-in-one media and oxidizers up to 1” = solutions for different types of water

  • Advanced high-grade fibreglass pressure tank = fully corrosion-resistant and designed and tested for high working pressure

  • Brine tanks sold separately = option to choose the size of the brine tank that best fits the specific installation

Pentair ProFlow

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