Why is water important?

Burton Danet
Water is the largest component to so much -- 96.5% of the water on earth is from the oceans. 0.73% is in saline (salt) lakes. 0.93% is in saline ground water. 2.5% of the world's water is freshwater.

Interested in further breakdown of water? Look here:
Source: Igor Shiklomanov's chapter "World fresh water resources" in Peter H. Gleick (editor), 1993, Water in Crisis: A Guide to the World's Fresh Water Resources (Oxford University Press, New York).

"Clean drinking water is a basic human need. Unfortunately, more than one in six people still lack reliable access to this precious resource. The problem is particularly acute in the developing world." Watch a documentary here:

The startling facts above give us an indication about why water is so important to life. Even more important is the quality of the water and whether the water available can enhance rather than inhibit life. Yes, if water does not support life but carries with it water-born contaminants, which can lead to disease or even death, then sustainable life, is compromised. This cannot be emphasized enough -- pure, life-enhancing water is essential for all living beings -- plants, animals, humans and of course, the earth itself and its bodies of water.

Continue Learning about Water

Drink More Water to Protect Your Organs
Drink More Water to Protect Your Organs
In the 2018 Marvel movie Aquaman, when Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) learns he is Aquaman and heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, he realizes how...
Read More
What is spring water?
Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies bottled water by its origin. Spring water must be ...
More Answers
What happens when I don’t drink enough water?
Dr. Andrea Pennington, MDDr. Andrea Pennington, MD
The cells of your body are 75% water. If you're only drinking a glass or two of water a day, you s...
More Answers
Dieting? Drink Water to Lose Weight
Dieting? Drink Water to Lose Weight

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.