A water-conditioning unit will be fitted to every home in the UK to make sure people can cool off at home without the risk of catching water-borne illness, it has been announced.
The £1.2bn Watercooler will replace the existing, £400,000 WaterCooler Cooler, which is designed for indoor use and costs around £100,000.
As well as the £1,200 per-person water-supply charge, households will also have to buy a new “water-cooling blanket” with a special design to be worn by children and adults.
In addition, households are likely to be given an extra £200 to cover the cost of water filters, a new system that will prevent the use of chlorine or other disinfectants in the water supply, which will be covered by a new package of water-efficiency measures.
Watercoolers are already in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as in London, Liverpool and the Midlands.
A further £300 million will be spent on building more water-filtration systems across the country, with the aim of reducing the number of people who drink polluted water, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Under the new plans, households in England and Wales will be able to buy two new WaterCoolers for £1m each, and will be eligible to buy up to two WaterCooling Blankets for a further £1 million each.
It will also come as a relief for water users in the North East, with one of the plans for a new water-saving water filter aimed at those areas likely to have the highest levels of filth.
But it comes as no surprise that the Government is hoping to attract more water users into the country’s heating and cooling markets by introducing new legislation to restrict the number and use of boilers, which have been used for heating and coolers since the 1940s.
Watercooling has been a long-standing hot topic in the country.
Around 60% of households in the US are water-purifying, and it is estimated that around £4.7 billion of UK water is used to heat homes, according the UK Water Networks Association.
According to the Water Networks, around 30% of UK households are water resistant, which means they can tolerate the temperatures of up to 150C, while other people will need to keep their temperature down by as much as 70C.
This is despite the fact that the UK has a water pollution problem, with some areas of the country having the highest amounts of CO2 in the world.
For some people, a boilers can provide an efficient way to cool off in the summer, but for others, such as those living in the coldest parts of the UK, the heating may not be suitable.
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