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Why Water Is Important to Life

Susette has a lifelong interest and practice with good physical and mental health, including the environment that sustains us all.

We know how important water is to human life and also, because of agriculture, how important it is to plant life. But what about the earth in general? How important is water to the ecological balance of the earth? What role does it play and what would happen if we were to lose it or it didn't exist?

There are already parts of the world where we can see how life would change, if there were no water. We can also see it somewhat from satellite photos of Mars, the moon, and other "dead" space bodies. And we can extrapolate from the properties of water, itself, and what we know of its effect on life.

Earth Without Water

Imagine earth without water. The soil, with no water in it and nothing growing on it, would be lifeless, dead, collapsed into dust, sand, clay or rock. In California's Central Valley where agriculture predominates and pulls water from the ground, this process is already beginning to happen. The earth used to be like a sponge, but where the groundwater has been sucked almost dry, like the Central Valley, the earth has collapsed and hardened. This is the process we call "subsidence."

Earth Would Look Like This:

Desiccated earth devoid of water. Taken in 2007 near Edwards AFB in California's Mojave Desert.

Desiccated earth devoid of water. Taken in 2007 near Edwards AFB in California's Mojave Desert.

Now imagine the air without water. Clouds provide a buffer from the heating power of the sun. Without them it would pour down with no mercy. Dry air would suck out whatever moisture it could find, wherever it could find it, and the noses and soft tissues of any being that lived would shrivel. There would be no sweet scents, since moisture is what conveys smells.

The composition of the air would change too. All the methane currently stored in ice, bogs, and the ocean, would be released, thereby increasing the heating effect of the sun. The dust in the air would be blown hither and yon, with nothing to wash it down. Temperatures would swing from extreme to extreme, getting hotter as time went on.

The ground, because it would be rock, sand, or dry earth would have nothing in or on it to blunt the heat. The sun, pouring down without mitigation, would beat on the earth and heat it up. Any carbon-based thing would burn up during the day. At night it would freeze.

There would be nothing to soften the effect of volcanoes or to put out fires. There would be no cushioning effect against earthquakes. Any rubbing of tectonic plates against each other would be magnified far beyond what it is now - the trembling would create massive rock slides and crumbling both at the site and in remote areas affected. The surface of the earth would burn and grind itself into dust. Am I exaggerating? Most likely not. The article below talks about earthquakes and the softening effect of water underground.

The Hydrologic Cycle

Water is a life giver - even a life creator. It lies at the basis of our understanding of how life works. It also lies at the basis of how we understand our own personal lives. Of the four (or five) basic building blocks of life, water is the only one with a visible cycle, which we call the hydrologic cycle. Fire has no cycle that we can see, neither do earth or air. And we don't understand spirit (the ether) enough to know if it does or not. Water is a constant reminder that life repeats.

The hydrologic cycle works as follows: From it's most usable state, water evaporates and joins the air as water vapor. When the air cools, the vapor condenses and creates clouds, which help block heat from the sun. Colonies of the ice-nucleating bacterium, P. syringae, blown into the clouds by wind, help them to precipitate and fall as rain, snow, or hail. Much of the precipitation is stored on land as groundwater and lakes, snow and ice. From there water flows to the sea, where it joins the "primordial soup" again as ocean, ready to start the cycle anew.

Here are many of the roles that water provides, both for the earth and for humans—that help produce the abundance of life we see around us every day. Without even one of these our lives would be far different.

Water Stabilizes Temperature

Water helps keep the temperature of the earth even—cooling it when it heats up and warming it when it cools down. When the temperature drops low enough, water freezes, releasing its own heat and warming the frigid air. When the temperature rises high enough, water evaporates, taking some of the heat with it and cooling the hot air. It also cools the heat of volcanoes and wildfires, via moisture released from burning vegetation, which forms clouds that cool the air and then release rain. And water in the ground cools the surface of the earth during the day and warms it at night.

Without water the air and earth would vacillate between extreme hot and extreme cold every day, everywhere, with a gradual increase in temperature as time goes on. Part of the problem with global warming could be that we are using up too much land water and throwing rain away into the sea.

Water Cushions & Softens

Just as water in a waterbed has a cushioning effect with any movement, so it also has when buried in the earth. This cushioning is good protection during an earthquake, proven in seismic studies, when the groundwater slows down seismic waves and dampens their effects.

Water also softens the soil, making it easier for rain to percolate through to refill the aquifer—the earth's underground storage space. When stored groundwater is sucked up and not replaced, the soil gradually condenses and becomes hard. Then water slides off the top, instead of being absorbed, and the earth loses its storage place and its shock protector.

Where the earth is receptive, rainwater sinks down through it to be stored in the aquifer.

Where the earth is receptive, rainwater sinks down through it to be stored in the aquifer.

The softening effect of water is also evident in the way it prepares seeds to grow. Many seeds have hard covers that keep them from growing until water is present. Water softens the seed cover enough for the little shoots to break out, then the soft soil, mixed with organic matter, provides a perfect medium for the shoots to grow into full-fledged plants.

Without water most seeds would be too hard to grow, and the ground would be too hard or sandy to absorb and hold rain. Without water storage, droughts would kill, and earthquakes would be severe.

Water Enables Transportation

Throughout the earth and the bodies of living things, water is used to transport both nutrients and wastes. On land, water transports nutrients and rich soils from the mountains to lower altitudes on the way to the sea. In the ocean, water currents disperse nutrients throughout the world.

Water transports boats of all sizes filled with people, mail, and physical goods. Taken in the West Indies, 1985.

Water transports boats of all sizes filled with people, mail, and physical goods. Taken in the West Indies, 1985.

Humans use waterways to transport goods via boats and barges. Water in plant sap and blood transports nutrients and wastes to and from cells. In the human and animal brain water transports electrical charges, which allow us to think clearly.

Without water there would be no dispersal of nutrients, electrical messages, or mass transit of goods and services that help life prosper.

Water Cleans and Breaks Down Wastes

Rain cleans whatever it passes through (air, the earth's surface, soil), which is why everything smells fresh after a rain. It carries down dirt, debris, minerals, and toxins, washing all into the sea. Once in the ocean, algae and other microbes break the debris down (except plastic) into basic food components that can be used to support life. The ocean thereby becomes a primordial soup, filled with nutrients of all kinds. From the ocean life was born.

Water also plays a cleansing role in our own bodies, as it passes through the cells of our body and transports wastes to the kidneys. The kidneys send some of the water back into our blood vessels, and the rest carries toxins to our bladder, where it collects until there's enough to let go.

Without water the earth and our bodies would be unable to break down wastes.

Water Enables Reproduction

Water is a key component of birth—the reproductive cycle of all animals mimicking the life-spawning ocean. In mammals, sperm are carried by water to impregnate the egg. Once impregnated, all nutrients in a female's body that a baby will need are carried by water (amniotic fluid) to the womb, before leftovers are distributed to the mother. Babies are born with a gush of water and are immediately fed with water that is nutrient rich. Birds produce eggs that are mostly water mixed with nutrients for the growing life inside.

Without water there would be no reproduction, hence continuation of life as we know it.

Babies of mammals grow inside a bubble filled with nutritious water called the amniotic sac. The water cushions them and helps propel them out of the womb at birth.

Babies of mammals grow inside a bubble filled with nutritious water called the amniotic sac. The water cushions them and helps propel them out of the womb at birth.

Water Provides a Home

In addition to being the soup from which life emerged, the ocean and other water bodies act as home for more life than what lives on land. Mammals, fish, birds, insects, trees, plants, algae, krill, and many other forms of life either live directly in water or are wholly dependent upon it for survival. This includes the tiny iceworms, copepods, and diatoms that inhabit trillions of minuscule tunnels in icebergs and their undersides, providing food for whales and fish that migrate to the poles to eat.

Without water life would lose its primary food source.

Krill are tiny organisms that grow on the surface of the sea in plankton. Whales and ocean fish of all kinds depend on krill as a basic component of their diet.

Krill are tiny organisms that grow on the surface of the sea in plankton. Whales and ocean fish of all kinds depend on krill as a basic component of their diet.

Water Helps Make Things

Water and carbon dioxide are the two key components of plant photosynthesis, which is how plants make their food. Bees use water to make honey, flowers use water to make nectar, trees use water to make pitch, spiders and snakes use water to make venom, and termites mix saliva with mud to make their homes.

Humans use water to make paint, dyes, inks, all kinds of drinks, and we bottle it straight. We use it for paper, fabrics, food processing, chemical compounds, and the manufacture of hundreds of other products essential to modern living.

Without water, plants and many insects and arthropods could not survive, nor would humans have developed the foods and industries we have.

Caring About Water

To humans, as creators of our own lives, water is our servant. We use it to grow crops and livestock, to cleanse and keep ourselves healthy, to stimulate ideas for products, and to transport those products. We use its cycles to remind us that our own lives also work in cycles.

But if we abuse water, like masters have a tendency to do with servants, if we don't care for it and preserve it, we will end up destroying ourselves. We need the rain forests, the swamplands, the open rivers and lakes, the estuaries, icebergs, snow tops—water in all its natural forms we need. And so does the rest of life.

Recent research has shown that tropical jungles create their own rain. We need them to stay alive, so we can thrive.

Recent research has shown that tropical jungles create their own rain. We need them to stay alive, so we can thrive.

If, instead of commanding it, we could conceive of ourselves as a partner or an intelligent component of water's own rain and storage cycle, it might encourage us to be more respectful of what water can do and more careful of the way we utilize it.

With water, we thrive. Without water, there is no life. We must learn to value, conserve, and take care of the water we have.

Questions & Answers

Question: I need to start a project on the importance of water. Where should I start?

Answer: Start by reading the articles referenced in other answers I've given. Then do some brainstorming. Get a paper and pen and write in the center "importance of water." Circle it. Now close your eyes and breathe deeply for a second to get centered.

What does that phrase remind you of? Draw lines out from your center circle and write single words or short phrases that come up when you think of the term "importance of water." You might write at the end of one line, "drinking." At the end of another, "keeping plants alive" and so on.

If drinking reminds you of other things, like health or blood flow or something else, draw a circle around "drinking" and add more lines out from it, putting the new words at the end of each line.

Then go back to the very center again and do the same with the next word that "importance of water" reminds you of. You'll end up with something that looks like a big spider web.

Now, look at the entire web. Do you like the way it's organized? The web helps you organize your paper. You can use it for an outline that flows naturally from the way you think. Each main word can be the title of a section, and all the words are radiating out from it can be the information that goes into that section.

Question: I need to write an essay on the essence of water, sanitation, and hygiene to human life. What are some practical examples?

Answer: Children in third world countries who are skinny and dehydrated, often with flies hovering around their eyes, are good examples of kids without access to water. You see photos of them in the news all the time. Also look up what's happening to the folks living in Flint, Michigan, who've been dealing with lead in their water for several years. There was an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease there recently, for which government officials are now being sued. Try this article, for starters: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dr...

Question: What should I say in a paragraph that explains why water is important to the Earth?

Answer: This article you just read has several parts to it. One of the first parts talks about the effect that water has on the earth, and what the Earth would be like without it. All you have to do is summarize what you read here in one paragraph. As you summarize, you may think of a few other examples. If you do, add them, so your paragraph is original. If you're not sure about one of the examples you thought of, do a little search and see what you find. Then add that bit to your paragraph. Be sure to include links to this article and the other one (if you find one you like).

Question: How should I start an essay about water and human life?

Answer: The first paragraph of any essay should tell what you're going to write about. Essays are also more interesting when they cover some kind of controversy. So think of something about water's role in the life (or culture) of humans that creates conflict (like wars over water), that hurts people (like pollution or lead pipes that poison drinking water), or for which people have very different opinions (like how much water suppliers should charge their customers). Form the topic you choose into a question, state the opposing sides, and indicate that you'll be exploring the pros and cons of each side in the essay. The conflict is what will hook readers into reading the whole essay.

Question: How could I introduce a topic about water?

Answer: I assume you're asking about how to introduce a topic about water. That would depend on what aspect of water you want to talk about. If your topic is about water conservation, you might introduce it by mentioning how important conservation is and how hard it is for a person (or business) to convince themselves to use less water. If it's about how the human body needs water, you might start by imagining what would happen if a body didn't get enough water (like I did with this article about the earth's need for water). Many writers wait until after they've written the article to summarize what they said and use that for an introduction.

In case you're not sure what topic to write about, here is a list of possibilities: https://owlcation.com/humanities/Topic-Ideas-for-W...

Question: What is the importance of the hydrosphere?

Answer: Hydro means water. Sphere refers to the environment. So the hydrosphere is the oceans, rivers, lakes, groundwater, clouds, rain, everything to do with the earth's supply of water. That should answer your question. Without it we wouldn't have life.

Question: I need to write an article about water in the earth and how it can be replenished. How do I start?

Answer: This article I wrote about the water cycle should help, both with how groundwater is normally replenished, and some things that humans have been doing that block replenishment. It will give you the basic knowledge you can build on.

https://hubpages.com/stem/Reading-a-Water-Cycle-Di...

After reading it, you can use these essential keywords to search for more information: "groundwater," "aquifer," "groundwater replenishment."

Question: How is water used in construction?

Answer: The obvious answer is that water is used to clean tools and equipment. But it's also used to make concrete, which is used for sidewalks, the foundation flooring for most buildings, structural walls in office buildings, and even rooftops in some countries. Most construction includes the use of water-based glues and paints. Road construction includes water to make asphalt. Any structure made of concrete uses water (bridges, dams, street sidewalks). These are only some examples. There are many others.

Question: I want to write an argumentative essay about how wasting water is dangerous for life, how should I write it?

Answer: An argumentative essay shows two points of view: one that you strongly believe (or want to check out), the other showing the opposite, with you refuting it. You're basically arguing in favor of a concept or point of view. For example, let's say you believe there's not enough water on the planet to waste it the way we are. You would:

1––Write down your proof that there's not enough to waste, including examples of how we're wasting it.

2––Then you write that the President of Nestle Corporation says there's plenty of water available and no one is wasting it. Why does he think that way and what is his proof?

3—You conclude by refuting his argument and stating your case more strongly.

Here is an article I just wrote about how to write an argumentative essay. (Thanks for the suggestion.) https://owlcation.com/humanities/How-to-Write-an-A...

Question: Why do we need water in our everyday life and how long can we go without it?

Answer: Why we need water is answered in the article and subsequent questions people have asked. How long can we go without it? Anywhere from two days to a week. In hot weather, shorter. If you exercise a lot or work a physically strenuous job, shorter. If you're sedentary, longer. If you eat a lot of food with lots of liquid in it, like watermelon or grapes, longer (since they provide some of the water we need). There are lots of factors involved, including size, diet, climate, and more.

Question: I'm doing research on why we need to drink water. Can you pls give me some water characteristics?

Answer: I've written an article on the roles water plays in keeping our bodies healthy. This may provide you with the answers you seek. Let me know if you still have questions after you read it:

https://hubpages.com/education/The-Healthy-Human-W...

Question: What would happen if there was no water?

Answer: We'd have a completely different world and would not exist as humans––our bodies consist of 60% water, after all. If life exists without water, we don't know it, because we don't know what to look for. It would be too different from the life we know.

Question: I need to write a five paragraph essay on why water is important to human existence. Where should I start?

Answer: You're a human. Why is water important to you? If there was no water anywhere at all, would you or your friends exist? How, or why not?

After you've answered the questions above, take each of your answers and explain what you mean in two or three sentences. Each answer with its explanation will be one paragraph. (Then, you'll have to choose the best ones, because this method should give you more than five paragraphs.)

Question: My topic is "water is a source of life and death." I get the answer for "life," but I don't get the answer about "death." Can you tell me what the sources of death from water are?

Answer: Sounds like they want you to show the role that water plays in keeping things alive, or making the earth come alive again when it looked dead before, like in my second photo—focusing on how water creates life. Then they're asking you to contrast it with how people are killed by water—like in hurricanes, floods, skidding on black ice, ski accidents, or by drowning.

Question: I need to write about how water affects photosynthesis. I don't have a clue about the topic and none of the sites I've been to explain it well. How do I start?

Answer: I wrote an article about that too, so you can start here:

https://hubpages.com/education/How-Plants-Obtain-W...

Question: What is the Importance of water to human activity?

Answer: Think of all the things you do during the day. How many of them required water? Did you wash anything? Use it for cooking? Drink anything with water in it? Now take those three activities and apply them to restaurants and coffee shops. Do they use water for the same things? Now apply them to manufacturing and other types of human activities. Then ask yourself, what would they do if they didn't have water? Write everything down as you go and you'll have your answers.

Question: Where should I start if I want to write a report on water coolers?

Answer: Do a search on DenGarden.com for "water cooler." DenGarden is a Hubpages affiliate site for all articles about homes, inside and out. All the articles are vetted and are high quality. I have many articles on that site about fixtures that use water (like dishwashers, showers, irrigation systems, etc.), but not one about water coolers. Others do, though.

Question: How do I prepare a file on the wastage of water?

Answer: In the U.S. a file would be a collection of information, with links to sites that answer your question on water wastage. If that's what you're doing, then choose several keywords that directly address your topic––like "water wastage" or "wasting water." Look through the links that come up with something interesting. Write a little paragraph summary and add the link to your document.

Then look for another interesting article that says something different and do the same. You'll probably start thinking of additional keywords you can try. For each article, you find and like, write a summary paragraph and add the link.

Question: What is water?

Answer: H2O—Two hydrogen atoms linked with one oxygen atom. It creates a liquid to which other chemicals can be added, modifying its attributes for particular uses. It's also a carrier for cells in our bodies (and those of other living organisms) that need to be transported elsewhere in the body. This article will show you what water does for plants: https://hubpages.com/education/How-Plants-Obtain-W...

Question: I am busy with an article on water and was wondering, who is the authour of this article?

Answer: Susette Horspool, who has a background in water conservation and calls herself "Watergeek" on this site. She also has a masters degree in sustainable development.

Question: What is the composition of water?

Answer: Water is made up of two parts oxygen and one part hydrogen. The atoms cling together naturally, in this configuration, to become water––whether solid, liquid, or gas. The oxygen and hydrogen can be separated, but then they're not water anymore.

Question: I want to write a paragraph on the cost of water. How should I proceed?

Answer: That's a big one. You'll have to limit your topic to write just one paragraph. You might search the "cost of water to homeowners," then look for a study that compares what water suppliers charge in different parts of the country. You could do the same sort of search on "cost of water to commercial enterprises" (or agriculture or institutions or the military), which will give you different results from what water suppliers charge homeowners. Or you could do a search on "cost of producing water," which will give you information on building and maintaining dams, pipelines, and other water supply infrastructure.

Question: What is the importance of water to life in general?

Answer: Your answer will depend on how you look at it. You can look at water's qualities and how they serve life, or you could look at life and what it would be without water. It also depends on how much detail you want to go into. For example: Look at the main quality of water—it's liquid. What do liquids do? They transport things. They soften things. They cushion things (and more). What other qualities does water have? Answer each one for a general look at water.

If you want to go more detailed, then you could ask: What does water transport? Big things like trees and houses in floods, down to tiny things like cell wastes, food, and oxygen. In what situations, i.e. who or what benefits most and when? And do the same thing with each of your more general questions.

Question: What is the importance of water in our homes?

Answer: How do you use water at home? What would your home be like without it? No toilets (you need water to flush), no laundry, no dishwashing, no showers, dirty floors, and kitchen counters. What else? How would you get water to drink or cook with?

Question: I want to start a project on treating sewage water. I need powerful and trustworthy websites to search through. Can you help me?

Answer: Let's see what I can find . . . here's a site from West Africa that has great information on sewage treatment that is easy to understand.

http://eschooltoday.com/pollution/water-pollution/...

North Dakota is a state in the US that has a lot of farms and rural homes. Here is a reliable source of information for home sewage treatment systems by ND State University.

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/home-farm/ind...

YouTube is always a good resource. Here's a fun video you could use from Australia, if your project is an online one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8isr9nSDCK4

Here's a video for small, on-site sewage treatment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgEPTntzSWQ

And, of course, there's always Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sewage

Hope this helps.

Question: I need to write a summary with whatever article I find. What should I do to summarize this article?

Answer: The title implies a question, does it not? You could start your summary by rephrasing the title into its real question. Then look for the subheadings that answer the question and write them together into an answer—just the titles. That will be good for a few sentences. Some of the subheadings won't fit in, so then you take those and make another single sentence out of each one. Now go back and read what you have. It will probably make some sense, but not read very smoothly. So then you write a little more, wherever it's needed, for your summary to make sense and read well.

Question: I need to write an essay about water resources. I don't know what to put. Can you help me with facts?

Answer: If you look up the word "resources," you'll see that it means anywhere humans find water that we can use. If you look up the earth's water cycle, you'll discover earth's water resources. Add to that man's ability to reclaim water, and you have seven main sources of water: The ocean, lakes and streams, groundwater, snow and ice, water vapor (in the air), grey water, and reclaimed water. Now write a paragraph description of each––where it comes from, what it can be used for, how humans access it––and you have your essay. Check out this article for the water cycle: https://hubpages.com/stem/Reading-a-Water-Cycle-Di... this one for a manmade source: https://hubpages.com/stem/The-Emerging-Industry-of... and this one for how grey water works: https://hubpages.com/home-improvement/Home-Waste-W...

Question: What is a mammal?

Answer: A mammal is a living being that has warm blood (ours is 98.6º F), hair or fur on their bodies (incl. whales and dolphins at birth) instead of feathers or scales, produces live young (not eggs), and where females feed the young with their own milk.

Question: What is a hydrosphere?

Answer: Hydro means water. The sphere is the whole of a part of life distinguished by a similar characteristic—in this case, water. So the hydrosphere is the total amount of water found on earth, no matter where it's found: Under the ground, on top of mountains, in the air, or in the ocean, plus lakes, rivers, and streams. Of this entire amount of water, hydrologists estimate that only 2.5% is fresh water, most of which is frozen.

Question: What is a list of books or things called?

Answer: There are different names, depending on the list. If you are writing a paper and you're listing all the documents (or videos) from which you got your information, you could call it "Sources." If your list is all books you can call it "Bibliography" (Biblio means books in Latin). If your list is primarily to give the reader more information about whatever your paper covers, then call it "References" (relates to referrals, i.e. you are referring these documents to the reader for more info).

Question: I'm doing research on why we have to drink water. What are some characteristics of water?

Answer: I've provided a link to an article on why our bodies need water in my answer to another question. Here's one on how to drink more water that also might have some answers for you.

https://remedygrove.com/supplements/Good-Health-Ha...

Question: I need to write a paragraph on why water is important. Where should I start?

Answer: One paragraph? There's not enough room in one paragraph to write much, so you'll need start by choosing what aspect of water you want to focus on––how it feeds life, how it helps the earth, or perhaps you could borrow something from here:

https://hubpages.com/education/How-Plants-Obtain-W...

Question: I need to start a project on the importance of water, where should I start?

Answer: Sounds like you're doing more than just writing a report. I would start by reading through this article (as you have) and others, just to get a feel for which type of water use interests you the most. Water has many important uses and you don't need to cover them all. As you're reading, think of which users might provide the best graphics, cause you'll want to illustrate your project somehow—maybe even make a little diorama or video. You could, in fact, have a diorama be the entire project, with a written piece that explains what the diorama shows (or audio accompanying a video) and why it's important to know. Good luck.

Question: What are the uses of water resources in human life?

Answer: That's a good question. I thought I'd covered it in the articles and in prior answers, but "water resources"? That would imply human use of seawater, freshwater, ice, rain, dew, fog, snow—each of which would have its own use/s. For example, snow as a water resource provides walls for igloos, fresh cold water to drink, warmth in a snowstorm, and many forms of recreation (snowball fighting, snow sculptures, sledding, skiing). Each of the other resources has its own uses. That's all worth another article (lol).

Question: I have to write a paragraph on what is the importance of water on earth. Where should I start?

Answer: Try imagining rivers as the lifeblood of the earth. How do they feed its plants, animals, and humans?

Question: What is the solution to water pollution?

Answer: There's no one solution. Prevention is one, of course. Forming teams to clean up the sides and even the middle of rivers works for solid materials—trash and junk. Solar technologies are starting to be used to clean up chemicals from freshwater sites. And humans are discovering that nature has solutions, like mushrooms, that can be used. You can find descriptions of many of these solutions in the article "Water Pollution Solutions—Cleaning it Up," linked here: https://soapboxie.com/social-issues/Potential-Solu...

Question: I need to start an essay about the significance of water to life. Can you help me?

Answer: I can't write it for you, so the best way to start is to ask yourself, "If there was no water, would there be life as we know it? Why not?" Take notes about how water affects different aspects of life—your personal health, family life, your community, business, etc. Your answers to that question show the significance of water.

Then you'd start your essay with a general sentence about what you discovered and how you discovered it (e.g. by asking this question). Give a sentence that contrasts with it (e.g. With water life is like [this . . .], but if there was no water, then . . .) Then you can start going into details about the need for water in different areas of life.

Question: When it's hot, why is it important to drink lots of water?

Answer: A body sweats when it's hot—to cool the flesh so it won't burn, to cool itself down if it's been exercising, and to release excess toxins. It works because sweat is water that evaporates and takes heat with it. Because sweat is water, you need to replace it by drinking water, so your body doesn't run out. The more you sweat, the more water you need to replace.

Comments

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on April 02, 2020:

You should find the answer in this article about how water affects the human body. Throughout the article it talks about what water does for the cells. You can do a [control-F] find on the word "cell" to help you locate specific information. https://hubpages.com/education/The-Healthy-Human-W...

carson on April 02, 2020:

I have to write the importance of water molecules in cell

Can you guide me?

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on December 16, 2019:

@manpreet—Thank you for reading. If you have a question, please use the Q&A inbox above. There may be others who want to know the same thing, and they won't find the answer in the comments section, but they will in the Q&A section. Thank you.

manpreet on December 16, 2019:

I have to write a story on the topic " story of water"

what do I write?

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on August 19, 2019:

Thanks, Ekisa, and good luck with your studies!

Ekisa on August 15, 2019:

Thanks iam a student doing environmental health big up I have liked the page.

salih mussa on May 19, 2019:

es of mammals grow inside a bubble filled with nutritious

water called the amniotic sac.water have been many people who have drink and washed so agricultural products.Water is a life giver - even a life creator. It lies at the basis of

our understanding of how life works

Nomallia on May 11, 2019:

Hooo good information

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on March 20, 2019:

Hi Hejumacla––There's a question and answer section just above these comments where you can have your question answered. Please key in your question there. Thanks for reading.

HEJUMACLA OBOKO on March 19, 2019:

Hi everyone,

I'm a student proposing my topic on groundwater potential map.I want to know more why groundwater is important and what techniques i may require to start with?

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on February 20, 2019:

Thanks nextprotips, I'll check it out. And in return you might like this article I wrote about the body's many uses of water: https://hubpages.com/education/The-Healthy-Human-W...

nextprotips from New York on February 20, 2019:

Great article man. Water is the most important element in our life. We can't live a single day without it.

Recently i have written a blog post which is relevant to your topic . it's about The warning signs that your body is lacking water . You may like this article.

Here is the article link : https://nextprotips.com/12-warning-signs-that-your...

And keep writing good articles for us. Thank you

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on January 10, 2019:

True, wassup. I lived in Lancaster CA in the Mojave Desert for six years as a teenager, then another 12 years in later life. There are some beautiful things about living in a desert, but most of those require at least a little water . . . like roadrunners and jackrabbits, Joshua trees and manzanita bushes, and the few farms that grew deep-root crops. Now I live where there is enough water to have tall trees and green neighborhoods. We still get coyotes, which I love, and I do miss the roadrunners, but this place is preferable to the desert. On the other hand, to live in a wasteland????

wassup on January 10, 2019:

huh, imagine living in a desert

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on October 11, 2018:

You're welcome!

haider prince on October 10, 2018:

it was very helpfull and in detail.it helped me complete my presentation thanks

dhruva1234 on October 01, 2018:

thanks i can complete my presentation

ma7bo0ba__416 on September 18, 2018:

so good....totally have learned how important and amazing water is.

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on September 06, 2018:

@Mr. Happy––Yes, I have heard that water has memory, but don't know much more than that. I should look it up. Yes, and I have lived in a desert and it is the way you describe it. Thanks for reading, Mr. Happy, and commenting in such an interesting way!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on September 05, 2018:

"Imagine earth without water." - That's a really ugly sight: bare rocks everywhere, sand, stone, all hard perhaps minus the sand and dust found in some spots. I think my lips are starting to crack just writing about it. And I think I see some grass in that photo You have. Without water, those would not even be there.

"Fire has no cycle that we can see, neither do earth or air. And we don't understand spirit (the ether) enough to know if it does or not. Water is a constant reminder that life repeats." - This is a fascinating observation. Very, very interesting - I will look into this and I might be back.

"We're only just getting the hang of the recycling portion." - Sadly, yes lol

"Without water the air and earth would vacillate between extreme hot and extreme cold every day" - I've never been in a desert but I suppose that is why they say that in deserts it is very cold at night and very hot during the day.

"Bees use water to make honey" - Haha! I love honey but I didn;t know this. I actually stopped reading and had to look into it. Very interesting, it seems that they indeed do use water to make honey. Thanks for sharing that bit.

"Without water, plants and many insects and arthropods could not survive, nor would humans have developed the foods and industries we have." - "Many"? Would it not be fair to say that there would be no living Being, without water? Like, nothing/nobody.

So, You got an amazing article here. Thank You so much for putting it together. I love Water! That's why I came to read this. Have You heard that water has memory? Just curious.

Alrighty, You have a good one and thanks again for your writing. Cheers!

Dsjan on August 08, 2018:

Nice

srinivas on June 26, 2018:

Good info really useful . Atleast now onwards people should know the value of water

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on June 08, 2018:

Hi Dinaya––I have answered your question already with one of the questions asked above. Plus the whole article is about why water is important to life. What I suggest now is that you learn proper punctuation. Your comment is what we call a run-on sentence, where words follow words and you can't tell where one thought begins and where it ends. Learn how to capitalize letters and use punctuation (periods, commas) and you will improve your writing skills tremendously.

Dinaya Madhurya on June 08, 2018:

I learn I lot about water it's really good and awesome I wish you could answer all my questions right now please tell me how to write why is water important to life I am in grade 7

Actual Gaming on May 16, 2018:

AWESOME

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on April 19, 2018:

When they first started doing it they didn't know they were. When they realized it, it wasn't a big deal, because the ocean was so vast that they figured their pollution would just blend in. Eventually everyone's pollution started accumulating and disturbing ocean life. Then they all had to find (what felt like) viable excuses. A few people stopped. The rest thought one of two things: Why should I when all these big businesses are doing much more than I am? On the big business end it was, "We don't have the money to make the adjustments we need to." Then the government got involved, due to pressure from those who acknowledged the danger, and they started fining the big companies, which then helped them save money by filtering their wastes before discarding. Actually, I've written another hub about this very topic. Here's the link: https://soapboxie.com/social-issues/Water-Pollutio...

Malika on April 19, 2018:

why do people even pollute the ocean?

Gerald Munashe Dube on October 17, 2017:

this is the best hub. i also cant imagine life without water because water is life. thanks to the creator who made it to be abudant.

huzaifa on September 25, 2017:

real good information about water helped me learn alot

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on August 30, 2017:

Yes. Leonardo da Vinci said, "The driving force of all life is water." And David Bowie said, "I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir." (lol)

The more we appreciate water and treat it well, the more we'll have access to in perfect balance.

Yassin Hassan on August 30, 2017:

God's great sincerity, as he said in his book "Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing"

Karina on May 29, 2017:

I love this article . It is full of information.

Houda on November 27, 2016:

I love this article it's full of information thank you very much

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on June 13, 2016:

That's true . . . for ALL of life too, not just us.

AOS Products from new Delhi India on June 13, 2016:

Without water you can't think about of Life, its fully combination of Hydrogen and Oxegen that most useful for lives.

Arun Dev from United Countries of the World on July 24, 2015:

H2O is really important. Because of H2O we, humans, are able to discuss about its importance :-). There would be none to discuss about it if there was no water.

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on January 20, 2014:

Thanks Jen and biochemi - When I first started writing hubs about water, people were wondering how long it would last. But the more I wrote, the more I found to write about. As you recognize, the water is so essential to life and healing, that there pretty much isn't any without it.

biochemi on January 19, 2014:

Well biochemically water is the life. If you look at the glucose molecule u can see there is six OH and H groups ( which represents water molecule) are attached to six carbon atoms in one is to one ratio. Simply we can say glucose or even fructose and all the sugars in similar way are the hydrates of carbon and therefore called as carbohydrates. In the same way lipids (in fact fatty acids) and amino acids also contain OH and H groups attached to carbon. All these indicate the importance of water molecules in life. Life cannot exist without water.

Jen Card on January 23, 2013:

Watergeek, Thank you for this educational hub. I knew some of what you mentioned but was enlightened by so much more! Thank you. Water is an element of life that will in time show us who is the boss! There is an amazing book by Masaru Emoto "The True Power of Water" you might enjoy. It tells how there is a life force within water itself. It also shares the abilities that water possess and when we connect with water as a "partner" (as you mentioned) the healing is amazing! Thank you again for this informative article. I look forward to viewing more of your work. ~Jen

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on January 13, 2013:

I've been wondering, also, how much our lack of regard for water on this planet has contributed to climate change (both warming and cooling). It's something I'm exploring now with a book I'm writing. More info in hub form coming up!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 12, 2013:

I could not imagine life without water. Heck, there wouldn't be life without water! Excellent hub! Well researched and laid out.

Stanley Soman from New York on December 30, 2012:

I like how you contrasted with a void of water to give us a meaning of the importance of water.

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on December 17, 2012:

Thanks Lilly - I have started writing about the role of water in our bodies too - maybe that will wake people up. Thanks, also, for your dedication to this great work.

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on December 13, 2012:

This is a topic dear to my heart, I have dedicated my life to human rights, and environmental activism. As you are aware the two are often entertwined. I agree not many are willing to change their thinking to care for it. Most people do not want to know the hard realities. Write on!

Susette Horspool (author) from Pasadena CA on December 12, 2012:

I hope so, Lilly. There are a lot of people who know how important water is, I think, but not many who are willing to do something to care for it. Thanks to both of you for reading and commenting.

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on July 12, 2012:

Thank you for writing this Hub. Water is life, and perhaps awareness will cause earthlings to take better care.

whonunuwho from United States on June 26, 2012:

Good hub...imagine the atmosphere of Mars and you would have a pretty good idea of what the planet would be like without water. Water is the essence of all earthly life forms and without it, we ,and all other living thing would perish.