Water quenches thirst and prevents the effects of dehydration. Researchers have shown that not drinking Water can lead to decreased physical performance, impaired mood or concentration and headaches. Humans also use it to bathe and in many other instances in their daily lives. Without it, hygiene will be affected and skin diseases can occur which can be passed on to others. In some cases, even in potable water, bacteria can form and cause diarrhea. Therefore, one has to be very careful as cholera is a water borne disease.

Where does all the water go and why should we conserve it?

Flushing toilets

While one-third of the global population lacks access to a toilet, according to the Water Sanitation Facts website, flushing toilets is one of the main uses that humans have for water. An unclean toilet can certainly harbor many germs and cause disease. The United Nations facts and figures indicate that 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5billion do not have access to proper sanitation.

Livestock and plant irrigation

Another use is for the purpose of breeding livestock and farmer also use it for irrigation of crops. We need to eat, whether it is meat or vegetables and water plays a significant role in sustaining plants and animals. Without it, animals and plants will suffer and in turn, humans will suffer from starvation.

Industrial purposes and cooking

We also use it for industrial purposes which include cleaning transportation and dilution. Industries use it continuously. Clean water is also important for cooking. It is not only important to wash food before cooking it but many meals use water to create them, by boiling and stewing.


Human Beings also use water to generate electricity. Hydroelectric plants are the largest users of water and of all the electricity in the world; approximately 20 percent is generated by hydropower.


Recreation is also worthy of mention here as human beings use water to fish, sail and conduct other forms of recreation.

It may not seem as important as other uses but recreation is necessary to reduce stress, so using the seas and lakes to do so, seems like an important way to relax.


In Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, water transportation is used quite regularly to get to work daily, therefore the seas are a part of effective transportation. Ferries or water taxis can assist with shorter transportation time and save many people from the daily dose of traffic. Even in America, there are islands off-shore that require ferries to transport thousands of people a day.


Humans also use water in Dentistry and before conducting surgical procedures. Some parts of dental equipment can be directly connected to main water systems and if it is contaminated diseases could occur.

The facts show that water is not something that everyone across the world has access to on a regular basis so it is important to conserve it and maintain sanitary surroundings to preserve a healthy life.