Jun 18, 2019

Research Shows Cost Savings of Drinking Water Filtration Devices

A new study shows benefits of in-home devices to reduce health risks

A new study shows benefits of in-home devices to reduce health risks

A study funded by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) showed the economic benefits of point-of-use (POU) devices to reduce health risks in drinking water.

The study was published in the journal Environmental Research from a University of Arizona research team. According to WQRF, the “research found in the case study of Flint, Mich., the calculated lifetime loss to the community from drinking water lead exposure is $435 million. A  five-year in-home activated carbon with lead adsorption capabilities community intervention strategy would have cost $11 million.”

“This is powerful data in terms of cost to society from a drinking water crisis,” said Kim Redden, WQRF foundation relations and research manager. “Having WQRF’s research validated in this way brings even more credibility to the water quality industry and the solutions it provides.”

According to WQRF, a five-year reverse osmosis intervention strategy in every household would cost $26 million. The study also looked at costs of mitigating contaminants and other contaminants holistically, resulting in more economic benefit.

“Consideration of all contaminants listed in this study shows that POU device use in the U.S. is cost beneficial given the wide range of contaminants potentially present in drinking water,” the study stated, according to WQRF.

A summary of the project is available on the WQRF website. A two-page summary of the research also is available on WQRF’s website.