purification and drinking water are often considered a waste of money and a waste in the long run.
But a new study shows that the process actually reduces the risk of chronic disease in people who are poor and who are vulnerable to illness.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London and published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The team, led by Dr. Simon J. Jones, a professor of health science at Oxford, looked at data from more than 16,000 people, both men and women, and found that people who used purified water had an 8 percent lower risk of developing chronic disease.
This increased risk was significant even when the researchers controlled for other lifestyle factors, such as whether people had diabetes or high blood pressure.
The authors note that while the study’s results should be considered preliminary, they do suggest that purified water may be an effective way to improve water quality in poor areas of the world.
Dr. Jones said the study “is one of the first to suggest that the quality of the water in a community could be an important determinant of whether people are at increased risk for chronic disease, particularly if that risk is higher in people living in poor communities where the water source is polluted and the quality is poor.”
Dr. Jeyapaul, a member of the team, said that the findings should be taken as an example to encourage people to use purified water when it is available.
“People are very well-educated about water and water treatment and they don’t realize how important this is.
We want to encourage everyone to use clean water when available,” he said.