A new type of water purification system could revolutionise home healthcare, according to a report by Medical News Now.
The report said a new type could be built in a few years, and the new technology could be as simple as replacing your tap water with water, which would be free from contaminants such as lead, mercury, and other contaminants.
“You wouldn’t need to pay any extra for that,” Dr David Coughlan, of the University of Melbourne, said.
“It would be like going to a supermarket and replacing your water with tap water.”
It would not be an easy process, but it would be cheap and simple to install.
Dr Coughlin said the technology was far from being a novelty, and it would soon be used in home care facilities, hospitals and recreational facilities across Australia.
“When you talk about the water purifying technology, you don’t have to go back to the industrial era,” Dr Coughnan said.
He said it would help to reduce water use, which was estimated to cause about 20 per cent of Australia’s total water use.
Dr John Coughran, from the Australian Water Management Institute, said there was currently no consensus about how the technology would work, and there was a lack of clear guidance on how the new system would be regulated.
“We don’t know the cost, we don’t really know what the regulatory environment is going to be, and we don’s not sure if this is going be a product that is safe or not,” he said.
Dr Ian MacFarlane from the University’s School of Public Health said the Australian Government had done little to educate on the potential benefits of this new technology.
“What we have in Australia is a system that is essentially not a lot of different to what the rest of the world has, which is a water purifiers system, and water purifications is an expensive way of purifying water, and so it seems like a very promising technology to go after,” he explained.
“The main thing we’re missing in Australia, though, is guidance from the industry and a system for regulating this.”
The report, called “A new type for home water purifi…,” is based on data from a 2014 study of more than 2,000 Australian households.
It found that about 50 per cent had an automatic water purger in their home, with about 60 per cent using a thermostat.
“So the technology that is being developed right now is really a good, cheap, safe and relatively inexpensive way to purify your water,” Dr MacFarrell said.
But Dr Cufflan said the potential for a water filter could also lead to an improvement in the health of people living in remote areas.
“There’s a significant risk that a filter that is not actually an appliance would be associated with more infections, more problems in the household, in terms of urinary tract infections and bladder infections, and all of those kinds of problems,” Dr Chris Wilson, from Australian Water Technologies, said, according with the report.
“A filter that was really something that you could buy for less than a hundred dollars would be a huge improvement.”
Dr Wilson said the filters in Australia could be installed in less than four hours.
“But what we don�t have is a clear policy about what kind of filters are safe and what kind are not,” Dr Wilson said.
However, Dr Wilson believes that the Government will soon have a clearer picture on how to regulate the technology.”[It is] a really good technology,” he concluded.