Lowes is bringing its water purifiers into the modern world with a water purification system that will cost consumers about $30 per month, but will be less effective at getting rid of bacteria.
The system, which will be introduced in the next few weeks, uses a technology called an electrolyte gel to deliver clean water from the tap to the filter, where it is then treated with a special salt water solution.
Lowes said it had a number of partners that have agreed to sell the system to the US, Canada and Europe.
“We will have a commercial model ready for consumers in about a year, with a pricing model in place for retailers,” Lowes executive director of product marketing Dan Molloy said.
“The consumer will be able to get the product, test it and then pay for it at the point of use.”
The company said the system, in addition to being cheaper than using the existing salt water filter, will also be safer because the gel uses less water.
Lowes is also hoping to sell a second version of its system in the future, which is currently being tested by consumers in California and Australia.