A California water purifier that is supposed to purify drinking water for 10 million Californians could be on the market by the end of the year, with an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.
According to the Water Quality Institute, which studies water quality in the state, a California-style system would use a large, high-pressure, steam-assisted water purifying system, similar to those used in the U.S. for desalination and industrial wastewater treatment.
The institute estimates the system would require approximately 10 million gallons of water per day, and that it would require an annual maintenance cost of more than $1 billion.
The water would then be pumped through an aquaguard system, a system that would remove contaminants and hold the water until the water has been treated.
A report released by the institute found that there are currently fewer than 1,200 water purifiers in the country.
The report also noted that many of these water purify systems are only capable of purifying about 1 percent of the water that enters them, leaving the remainder to be wasted.
“If you have a water purifiying system that you’re not using, that water is going to be treated more than 10 percent of that,” said Michael O’Brien, a senior water science professor at the University of California, Davis.
“That’s a significant waste.”
O’Brien also pointed out that water purificators are designed to only purify water for a short time, which can lead to some water getting into the drinking water supply.
“When you add in the cost of the maintenance and the cost associated with it, it becomes very, very difficult to justify the use of this type of system,” O’Connor said.
“So, to me, this is a major step forward for California.
It’s really the beginning of the end for water purifications in California.
And it’s something that I hope will be adopted across the country,” OBrien said.
According a recent report by the Water Technology Association, more than 40 states and the District of Columbia have water purifies and other similar systems.
California has already invested more than a billion dollars in water purifers, but has been slow to make the transition to a more modern, cost-effective system.
The state is currently working to develop a system for water distribution that will remove contaminants.
O’Connor believes that California’s water system could be an example to the rest of the nation.
“We are not just talking about a water system in California, we are talking about the entire U.N. system, of which we are a part,” he said.
“We are looking at a new paradigm.”