Health officials in Georgia are pushing the state’s water utility to install an innovative water purification system that would clean up the water that goes into millions of taps in Georgia and other states.
In addition to removing the water from pipes and washing it down with filtered water, the system would remove harmful chemicals and disinfect the water with an enzyme-free water purifying agent.
The Georgia Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to adopt a proposal that would require the utility to purchase the enzyme-cleansing technology and use it in the future.
Espresso maker Kettle-O-Rama has been working on the solution for decades.
In 2017, the company partnered with a Georgia startup, Ergiva, to develop the enzyme purifier.
It has since been integrated into a new water purifiers that are being installed across Georgia.
After testing the enzyme technology, the startup says it has tested more than 1 million different water filters.
Its new purifier is designed to clean up to 10,000 water systems per year, using only purified water.
The system uses an enzyme that breaks down the water’s pH, removing contaminants and reducing water levels.
The company also says it can lower the amount of chlorine used in water treatment, which makes it safer for drinking.
Critics of the proposed water purging system say it’s just another example of government overreach.
A recent report from the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity said it would take about $8 billion to achieve the same goal.
Georgia’s Public Service Commissioner, David Chitwood, said Tuesday that the company is not spending any money on the technology.
“We’re not doing any research to make sure that we are doing the right thing,” Chitwoods said.
Chitwood also said that the state has a water quality program that requires filtration of up to 1 million gallons of water per day.
He said that is not enough.
According to a study by the Georgia Department of Environmental Quality, the average amount of chlorinated water in Georgia’s water system is 1,800 parts per billion.
State officials also want to improve the efficiency of the system.
Instead of using an enzyme, the new system would use a water puristion process that would take the chlorine out of water.
It also would require a process that could take less than 30 minutes.
This enzyme-cleaner system will provide Georgia the flexibility to meet the demands of our growing population,” Chidwood said in a statement.
Sen. Dan Johnson, a Republican, said the new water filtering system is a step forward.
While Georgia may be behind other states in using the enzyme water puritizer, it has done so at a low cost.
Johnson said that for example, when water is filtered in a home, the filtrations are not always efficient.
If the water was purified, the amount taken out of the water could be much higher.
However, Johnson said that a company is trying to lower the cost of using this technology.
He says that there are currently no commercial companies developing this technology in Georgia.
Georgia’s water quality agency said the company will have a cost for the new process and will pay the Georgia Public Services Commission for the cost.
The cost for this new water filtrating system will be $3.25 per 100,000 gallons of purified water produced, and the company plans to pay $300,000 for the system’s installation, the agency said in its announcement.
President Joe Biden has been a vocal critic of the EPA’s water regulation.
His office has repeatedly called on the agency to get rid of the regulation and return the country to more sustainable methods of water supply.
He has also suggested that a public water system be built in the United States.