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Why Is Water Important

When it comes to why water is important, there are lots of reasons to share. The most important reason is that without it, there’s very little life that can survive. We’re not just talking about us, we’re talking about all life on our planet. Water makes up 75% of the Earth, and that’s not just the oceans. It grows our food, keeps our communities thriving, and in its time, has created some of the most impressive and dramatic landscape, thanks to the ice age.

Water is everywhere, and it’s a good thing too, as without it, life wouldn’t be possible. Let’s get a better understanding of why it’s such an important resource:

Why do we need water?

We know that without water, our planet isn’t liveable, but why?

Not only does it nourish the soil to sustain plants, and give drinking water to animals, it helps to regulate our temperature. The oceans help to keep a liveable temperature, by bringing warmer water from the equator to cooler areas, and bringing cooler waters back to the tropics. This helps to create temperatures that are liveable, across the world.

As rivers and lakes flow into the sea, they provide a really important role. They flow through drier parts of the world, nourishing soil, creating food growing opportunities and bringing life to places that otherwise would struggle to sustain it.

How does it do that? Through the water cycle, and here’s how:

The science behind water

Water can transcend everything, as it can be liquid, gas, and solid. That means it can travel in any form, and the water cycle means that it’s continually moving around the world.

It has four main components:

Evaporation is when the sun heats water in rivers, lakes or the ocean, and it turns into vapour. As this vapour gets lighter, it then travels into the air.

Condensation happens as water vapour then gets cold again, and forms clouds.

Precipitation happens as water condenses, the clouds get heavy and rain falls back to the Earth. It could also be hail, sleet or snow.

Collection is when the waterfalls, and it goes back into lakes, rivers or oceans. When it falls on land, it will feed animals and nourish the ground to help plants grow.

This system helps to circulate water all over the world, helping communities grow and sustain life. But, it’s also the system that gives us water that we can drink, creating fresh water in springs, glaciers and streams.

Can life exist without water?

All life that we’ve become used to – from growing plants to healthy bodies – wouldn’t be possible without water. Not only that, water is essential to our survival. Our body is made up of around 60% of water, and without water, life as we know it would not be possible.

In short, water is important for a healthy planet and healthy bodies. So, we’re lucky to be able to source the best.