A recent study published in the journal Nature Communications shows that the most common source of water pollution in the world today is not the water itself, but the way it is filtered.
While water filters are widely used, they are not widely used for good reasons, the researchers said.
“It is a water purifier, not a water filter,” study lead author Alexander K. Fokas told ABC News.
Fokas, a water engineer at the University of British Columbia, said the fact that water is so dirty is a sign that the world has failed to do much to prevent its pollution.
“There is no reason for people to believe that there is any reason to use a water filtration device to purify the water,” he said.
He said the reason for the widespread use of water filters in cities is to get rid of all the waste that is released by humans.
“The people that are using these filters are doing so because they think it is a good way to reduce the pollution,” he explained.
Karen E. Cunneen, an environmental engineer at Arizona State University, told ABCNews.com that water filters should be considered a form of waste management.
“In a lot of ways, they’re like the garbage that we dump into the ocean,” she said.
Cunneens group found that water filters are used in many countries to collect all the wastewater that flows out of homes and businesses.
In many countries, water filters make up a significant portion of the waste they collect.
In countries like China, people are using the filters for drinking water because it contains less salt than tap water, said Cunnieens group leader Dr. Paul L. Shumaker.
In China, it is also common to turn on the water filters when people are in the shower, showering in the bathroom, bathing in the pool, or having a bath, L.A. Times reported.
L.A.’s water filtrate is known as a water-based purification system because of its water-absorbing qualities, which makes it perfect for purifying water from rain and snow.
Water filters are also used in countries like Singapore, where they have become a major part of life for many people, including people with disabilities, Cunnaens group said.
In addition, water filtlators are used to treat wastewater in cities, where the waste comes from many different sources, including the sewage system, factories, factories that use large amounts of coal, or sewage treatment plants.
“If you want to reduce pollution, water should be treated the same way that you would with other things,” Cunniens group co-lead author Dr. Robert M. Shaver said.
Shaver, who specializes in water filts and water quality, said most water filter systems have no filtors that are designed to clean water.
“They just take up space in the water system and take up a lot more water,” Shaver explained.
He also said the lack of filters can lead to water pollution because filters are made out of materials that can be harmful to human health, including lead, aluminum, cadmium, and nickel.
“These things can be very dangerous, and the only way you can get them out is to replace them,” he added.
Shavers group is working to develop a water filtering system that is more efficient and recycles water more effectively, but it will take time, he said, because people will have to be educated about the risks of water filTration.
Shasers group is also developing a water recycling program that will help people who are using water filters.
“A lot of people will use them and not realize that they are being negatively impacted,” he told ABC.