By Laura M. SommersApril 15, 2019 8:18amWhen you want to keep your home from becoming a swimming pool, water filters are an important tool in your arsenal.
But the water filter that you buy and install will not always be enough.
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that water filters can actually lead to higher water consumption.
The report states that a filter can be used to filter water for about 15 minutes to 20 minutes, but that in practice the water needs to be continuously re-filtered.
In fact, the EPA found that water filtration can result in about half the amount of water being released as when water is completely filtered.
The report comes after the EPA issued an updated guide for homeowners in 2018, which stated that water treatment systems, water-supply devices, and water filters could reduce the amount and duration of exposure to water-borne pathogens.
The new guide also recommended that water-purifying devices include filters and a timer to prevent the water from leaking or being contaminated with pathogens.
The EPA also updated its guidelines for installing a water-filtering system in 2018.
It noted that the newer guide is the best approach to water treatment for residential water systems.
“We believe that the best solution is to incorporate water-quality technology into water treatment solutions that meet the highest standards for safety, effectiveness, and durability,” said Karen Hannon, senior vice president of the EPA’s Water Quality division.
“The EPA’s updated guide provides the most up-to-date guidance for residential and commercial water treatment.”