Judson Walls, CEO of Virginia-based Constant Water, has announced that their emergency backup water system qualifies as a tax deductible medical home improvement. “We couldn’t be more excited”, said Walls. “With the growing trend of people staying in their homes for as long as possible, having a reliable, and now even more affordable, backup water supply available is great news for those with medical needs.”
Constant Water introduced their innovative backup water system to the market last year. Specifically designed for homes and businesses on water wells or at-risk public water systems, Constant Water activates automatically with the loss of power to provide pressurized water throughout the home, or can be manually activated for failure of a well pump or a water main break.
This IRS finding (Reg § 1.213-1–Medical, Dental, etc., Expenses) is particularly important to the elderly population wanting to “age in place”–the term for staying in their home for as long as possible rather than moving to an in-residence facility. Currently, the U. S. population aged 65+ tops 50 million and is expected to reach 70 million in the next 5 years. Surveys show that almost 90% of this population want and plan to age in place. Additionally, studies show that the cost of in-home care is cheaper, the care better and more effective, and seniors are more happy when aging in place.
But our seniors, and any who may have special medical needs, are also very dependent on water availability. A reliable emergency water supply is more critical than ever. “We know how critical water is to the elderly who want to remain in their homes. Dehydration in the elderly can hit quickly, hit hard, and have lasting effects,” said Walls. “Now, an emergency water supply for consumption and general hygiene needs is also even more affordable.”
“Recent events highlight how quickly we can be without water, from water wells and from public water systems,” he continued. Power outages on Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands in NC left water wells without power and with diminished public water production. Tornados on Maryland’s eastern shore left entire Kent Island communities without power. Earlier this year, power outages around Gatlinburg, TN impacted thousands in rural communities when fires destroyed power lines. Flooding throughout the country leaves thousands without water even though the flood water may not damage their homes. Floods and fires impact power and water much more widely than what we see on the news.
“Being without water is much more than an inconvenience,” says Walls, “it’s a health risk.”
30 million homes in the U.S. receive their water from water wells, and all of these homes suffer from the same water well shortfall; they lose water when they lose power. Constant Water, assures water well users will have water during a power outage, well-pump failure or, for homes on public water systems, during a water main break. Constant Water does not require a generator and provides water security for water-loss conditions that a generator will not.
As with all tax-related decisions, consult your certified tax professional for details.