On Tuesday, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom announced that all new residential water filters will have to be made of “green” water.
“New California water filters that are made from recycled water from recycled sources, such as the tap water system, must use recycled water to filter and disinfect,” Newsom said.
The new rules require all new filters to include a green filter, which Newsom called a “first-of-its-kind, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly innovation.”
The California Department of Water Resources says that the green filter is not just a new addition to the state’s water system; it will be a new option for consumers to choose.
“We want to be able to serve as many Californians as possible, and we want to make sure that consumers are getting a filter that meets the highest standards of safety, efficiency, and efficacy,” said state DEW spokesman Greg Lea.
“Green filters are a new and important technology that we’re seeing in water systems all across the state and are a critical part of our water systems, so we want all Californians to know that they can use it as they see fit.”
While some critics argue that green filters are not cost effective or environmentally friendly, there are some who say they are an effective solution.
“The green filter actually removes contaminants more quickly than a traditional filter, but they are more difficult to clean and have a higher cost,” said Dr. J.P. Anderson, a professor of public health at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“So for those who are more concerned about water quality, it’s not necessarily a bad idea, but I think the cost and the environmental impacts are a concern.”
The green filter has been a key element in California’s efforts to improve water quality since the 1980s.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the state has had more than 100 water quality incidents over the past decade, including at least six in 2016 alone.
While many critics say that green water filters do not do enough to clean up the water system’s pollution, Newsom and other critics have called them a major breakthrough in California water quality.
“A new generation of water filters are taking the fight to dirty water back to our tap water,” said Newsom in a statement.
“These new filters are safer and cleaner than any filters currently on the market, and will help California water meet the high standards of cleanliness and safety that we all deserve.”
“A lot of people are going to be surprised to see their water quality go down after a filter is installed, and it’s because of this new technology that will help save us billions of dollars in pollution,” said Anderson.
“But it will also allow us to make it even easier for Californians, businesses, and consumers to get clean water, and that’s a big part of the challenge we’re facing today.”