New research shows how people can use filters to filter their water, without needing to pay for a filter or expensive equipment.
Key points:A new study shows people can filter city waters without having to payFor more information on water filters read our story “The filter is cheap and it’s effective”The research found people in Auckland, Wellington and Canberra, all regions where the Government is seeking to restrict water use, can use a single-use filter for 10 litres of water for a month, compared with two to six litres for the national average.
This could help curb the spread of the coronavirus in those regions, the researchers said.
The study found people who used a filter could use less water to heat their homes and get by for a week.
For a more detailed explanation of the findings, read the paper titled: Filter is cheap, it’s not, and how to filter your city water.
“It’s a simple solution that we’ve seen over and over again in research that we see people using a filter in their local area,” Dr Rhea Tamblyn, who led the research, said.
“You can see the water running into the taps and the filter filtering the water.”
“You get rid of the filtration, you get rid a bit of the pollutants.”
It is unclear whether the filter will be widely used in New Zealand.
The Government has committed to using water filters to control water use and to reduce COVID-19 cases.
The researchers also looked at water filters that cost between $15 and $70.
The price of the filter could depend on the type of filter, the size and the water usage.
“There are filters that are very expensive, but also very effective and we’ve found that if you can get to a cost of $40, there’s really no reason to go for a water filter that’s not effective,” Dr Tamblen said.
Dr Tamblin said there was a need for more research into the effectiveness of filter systems in terms of saving water, but that it was a worthwhile investment.
“If you’ve got a family of four, you could be using a water system of 10 to 20 litres per person per day,” she said.
A spokeswoman for New Zealand Water said the Government’s focus on reducing COVID cases and the spread had made it imperative to develop a water filtroligation system.
“New Zealanders can reduce their consumption of water by more than 70 per cent if they take steps to reduce their water use,” she told the ABC.
“We’re working with water supply and water management companies to develop strategies to reduce the use of water and make the most of the best available water.”
Topics:health,water-health,health-policy,community-and-society,environment,health,federal—state-issues,health—prevention,australiaFirst posted October 05, 2019 07:17:33Contact Tim Karr