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Water, Water Anywhere

By Deborah K. Dietsch
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, February 17, 2005; Page H03

Dry skin, dry cough, scratchy throat, flyaway hair? Maybe a humidifier would help.

New from Missouri-based Humidifall comes an alternative to the familiar clunky portables: a decorative waterfall built into a wall to provide a constant source of moisture.

A black granite Humidifall.

"It's popular for great rooms and foyers, anywhere you are trying to achieve a nice focal point," says company owner Mary Jane Wilson. "We call it functional art."

The waterfall, framed in stainless steel, wood or painted finishes, is installed between standard wall studs. It humidifies up to 2,700 square feet from recirculating water pumped from a five-gallon tank, which can be stashed in a basement or closet. A control panel regulates humidity level, water flow and recessed lights. Should there be a leak, a sensor automatically shuts off the water. Marble, granite and glass panels behind the water can be custom-etched.

The cost is $3,895 and up (installation is extra). www.humidifall.com or 877-884-4776.

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