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Water in three states: liquid, solid (ice), and (invisible) water vapor in the air. Clouds are accumulations of water droplets, condensed from vapor-saturated air. Water is a chemical substance with the chemical formula H2O. Its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds. Water is a liquid at ambient conditions, but it often co-exists on Earth with its solid state, ice, and gaseous state, water vapor or steam. Water covers 70.9% of the Earth's surface,[1] and is vital for all known forms of life.[2] On Earth, it is found mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with 1.6% of water below ground in aquifers and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds (formed of solid and liquid water particles suspended in air), and precipitation.[3] Oceans hold 97% of surface water, glaciers and polar ice caps 2.4%, and other land surface water such as rivers, lakes and ponds 0.6%. A very small amount of the Earth's water is contained within biological bodies and manufactured products. Water on Earth moves continually through a cycle of evaporation or transpiration (evapotranspiration), precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea. Over land, evaporation and transpiration contribute to the precipitation over land. Clean drinking water is essential to humans and other lifeforms. Access to safe drinking water has improved steadily and substantially over the last decades in almost every part of the world.[4] [5] There is a clear correlation between access to safe water and GDP per capita.[6] However, some observers have estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world population will be facing water-based vulnerability.[7] A recent report (November 2009) suggests that by 2030, in some developing regions of the world, water demand will exceed supply by 50%.[8] Water plays an important role in the world economy, as it functions as a solvent for a wide variety of chemical substances and facilitates industrial cooling and transportation. Approximately 70% of freshwater is consumed by agriculture.[9]


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1 Chemical and physical properties 2 Taste and odor 3 Distribution of water in nature o 3.1 Water in the universe o 3.2 Water and habitable zone 4 Water on Earth o 4.1 Water cycle o 4.2 Fresh water storage o 4.3 Sea water o 4.4 Tides 5 Effects on life o 5.1 Aquatic life forms 6 Effects on human civilization o 6.1 Health and pollution o 6.2 Human uses  6.2.1 Agriculture  6.2.2 Water as a scientific standard  6.2.3 For drinking  6.2.4 Washing  6.2.5 Chemical uses  6.2.6 Heat exchange  6.2.7 Fire extinction  6.2.8 Recreation  6.2.9 Water industry  6.2.10 Industrial applications  6.2.11 Food processing 7 Water law, water politics and water crisis 8 Water in culture o 8.1 Religion o 8.2 Philosophy o 8.3 Literature 9 See also o 9.1 Other topics 10 References 11 Further reading o 11.1 Water as a natural resource 12 External links

Chemical and physical properties

Main articles: Water (properties), Water (data page), and Water model

Model of hydrogen bonds between molecules of water

Impact from a water drop causes an upward "rebound" jet surrounded by circular capillary waves.

Snowflakes by Wilson Bentley, 1902

It is tasteless and odorless. Water vapor is essentially invisible as a gas. such as in the interior of giant planets. it is argued that water exists as ionic water in which the molecules break down into a soup of hydrogen and oxygen ions. Water appears in nature in all three common states of matter and may take many different forms on Earth: water vapor and clouds in the sky.[10] The major chemical and physical properties of water are: • Water is a liquid at standard temperature and pressure. although both appear colorless in small quantities. and at even higher pressures as superionic water in which the oxygen crystallises but the hydrogen ions float around freely within the oxygen lattice. glaciers and rivers in the mountains. seawater and icebergs in the polar oceans. and the liquid in aquifers in the ground.Dew drops adhering to a spider web Capillary action of water compared to mercury Water is the chemical substance with chemical formula H2O: one molecule of water has two hydrogen atoms covalently bonded to a single oxygen atom.[11] . The intrinsic color of water and ice is a very slight blue hue. At high temperatures and pressures.

It expands to occupy 9% greater volume in this solid state. water deep in the ocean near geothermal vents can reach temperatures of hundreds of degrees and remain liquid. Pure water has a low electrical conductivity. As a result. Conversely.98 °C (39. when it is cooled down to its solid form. The boiling point of water (and all other liquids) is dependent on the barometric pressure. whereas the hydrogen atoms are slightly positive. salts.. Thus aquatic plants can live in water because sunlight can reach them. Water also can form an unusually large number of intermolecular hydrogen bonds (four) for a molecule of its size. not more. while those that do not mix well with water (e. are known as hydrophobic (water-fearing) substances. water is a polar molecule with an electrical dipole moment. both of which are a result of the extensive hydrogen bonding between its molecules. giving rise to water's high surface tension[12] and capillary forces. All the major components in cells (proteins.g. fats and oils). These factors lead to strong attractive forces between molecules of water. such as trees. ice. as well as a high heat of vaporization (40. Ultra-violet and infrared light is strongly absorbed. Water is a good solvent and is often[quantify] referred to[by whom?] as the universal solvent.• Water is transparent in the visible electromagnetic spectrum. it carries a slight negative charge.65 kJ·mol−1). which accounts for the fact of ice floating on liquid water. Everest water boils at 68 °C (154 °F).[13] It has the anomalous property of becoming less dense.g. Water has the second highest molar specific heat capacity of any known substance.. For example. • • • • • • • . Substances that dissolve in water. The maximum density of water occurs at 3. Since the water molecule is not linear and the oxygen atom has a higher electronegativity than hydrogen atoms. e.16 °F). and some gases – especially oxygen. on the top of Mt. but this increases significantly with the dissolution of a small amount of ionic material such as sodium chloride. alkalis. acids. The capillary action refers to the tendency of water to move up a narrow tube against the force of gravity. after ammonia. DNA and polysaccharides) are also dissolved in water. carbon dioxide (carbonation) are known as hydrophilic (water-loving) substances. compared to 100 °C (212 °F) at sea level. sugars. These two unusual properties allow water to moderate Earth's climate by buffering large fluctuations in temperature. This property is relied upon by all vascular plants.

On the other hand. The energy required to split water into hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis or any other means is greater than the energy that can be collected when the hydrogen and oxygen recombine. water vapor is completely miscible with air. Being a flammable gas. calcium. giving it varying tastes and odors. Water forms an azeotrope with many other solvents. water and most oils are immiscible usually forming layers according to increasing density from the top. forming a single homogeneous liquid. derives from the minerals dissolved in it. forming hydroxides. sodium. often advertised in marketing of consumer products. Humans and other animals have developed senses which enable them to evaluate the potability of water by avoiding water that is too salty or putrid. • • • • Taste and odor Water can dissolve many different substances. such as ethanol.ADR label for transporting goods dangerously reactive with water • Water is miscible with many liquids. it is an end-product of the combustion of hydrogen. pure H2O is tasteless and odorless.[14] Elements which are more electropositive than hydrogen such as lithium. the hydrogen given off is dangerous and the reaction of water with the more electropositive of these elements may be violently explosive. Water can be split by electrolysis into hydrogen and oxygen. As an oxide of hydrogen. As a gas. Water is not a fuel. However. in all proportions. potassium and caesium displace hydrogen from water. pollutants and microbes. The taste of spring water and mineral water. water is formed when hydrogen or hydrogen-containing compounds burn or react with oxygen or oxygen-containing compounds. The advertised purity of spring and mineral water refers to absence of toxins. Distribution of water in nature .

hydrogen and oxygen.[15] Water has been detected in interstellar clouds within our galaxy. and large amounts of water in Mercury's exosphere[16] Atmosphere of Venus: 0. are among the most abundant elements in the universe. too.03% Atmosphere of Jupiter: 0.0004% Atmosphere of Saturn – in ices only Enceladus (moon of Saturn): 91% exoplanets known as HD 189733 b[17] and HD 209458 b.[18] Liquid water is present on • Earth – 71% of surface Strong evidence suggests that liquid water is present just under the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The water observed is quickly produced in this warm dense gas. which would amount to more water than is in all the Earth's oceans.002% Earth's atmosphere: ~0.4%. When stars are born. Water probably exists in abundance in other galaxies. the Milky Way. When this outflow of material eventually impacts the surrounding gas. the shock waves that are created compress and heat the gas.40% over full atmosphere. their birth is accompanied by a strong outward wind of gas and dust.Water in the universe Much of the universe's water is produced as a byproduct of star formation. Water ice may be present on Ceres and Tethys. Water and other volatiles probably comprise much of the internal structures of Uranus and Neptune and the water in the deeper layers may be in the form of ionic water in which the molecules break down into a soup of hydrogen and . because its components. Water ice is present on • • • • • • • • • Earth – mainly as ice sheets polar ice caps on Mars Moon Titan Europa Saturn's rings[19] Enceladus Pluto and Charon[19] Comets and comet source populations (Kuiper belt and Oort cloud objects). Jupiter's moon Europa may have liquid water in the form as a 100 km deep subsurface ocean. Water vapor is present in • • • • • • • • Atmosphere of Mercury: 3. Interstellar clouds eventually condense into solar nebulae and solar systems such as ours. typically 1–4% at surface Atmosphere of Mars: 0.

[25] There are various theories about origin of water on Earth. thus preventing the accumulation of water except in polar ice caps (as on Mars). If a planet is sufficiently massive. the water on it may be solid even at high temperatures. and deeper down as superionic water in which the oxygen crystallises but the hydrogen ions float around freely within the oxygen lattice.[21] Water and habitable zone The existence of liquid water. on Earth are vital to the existence of life on Earth as we know it. a thinner atmosphere would allow temperature extremes. if it were slightly closer to or farther from the Sun (about 5%. as it was observed on exoplanets Gliese 436 b[24] and GJ 1214 b.[20] NASA reported the detection of water molecules by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in September 2009.[10] Some of the Moon's minerals contain water molecules. because of the high pressure caused by gravity. and to a lesser extent its gaseous and solid forms.oxygen ions. the conditions which allow the three forms to be present simultaneously would be far less likely to exist. in 2008 a laboratory device which ejects and identifies particles found small amounts of the compound in the inside of volcanic pearls brought from Moon to Earth by the Apollo 15 crew in 1971. This proposal is known as the Gaia hypothesis. or about 8 million kilometers). If Earth were smaller. Water vapor and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere provide a temperature buffer (greenhouse effect) which helps maintain a relatively steady surface temperature. indicating that a dynamic process governs Earth's temperature via a combination of greenhouse gases and surface or atmospheric albedo. Water on Earth Main articles: Hydrology and Water distribution on Earth . which is determined by the planet's gravity.[22][23] Earth's gravity allows it to hold an atmosphere. For instance. The state of water on a planet depends on ambient pressure. The surface temperature of Earth has been relatively constant through geologic time despite varying levels of incoming solar radiation (insolation). The Earth is located in the habitable zone of the solar system.

and quality of water throughout the Earth. Groundwater and fresh water are useful or potentially useful to humans as water resources. distribution. Ecological processes with hydrology are in focus of ecohydrology. the oceans contain 97.A graphical distribution of the locations of water on Earth. Hydrology is the study of the movement.000. Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface. The Antarctic ice sheet. The study of the distribution and movement of groundwater is hydrogeology. of inland waters is limnology and distribution of oceans is oceanography. contributing to the Earth's albedo.000 mi3).000 km3 (326. which contains 61% of all fresh water on Earth. of glaciers is glaciology. is visible at the bottom. Earth's approximate water volume (the total water supply of the world) is 1.2% of the Earth's water. The study of the distribution of water is hydrography. under.000. Condensed atmospheric water can be seen as clouds. . and over the surface of a planet is called the hydrosphere.360. The collective mass of water found on.

and vapor states. On the surface of the Earth. ice. Water in the mantle is responsible for the melt that produces volcanoes at subduction zones. The majority of water on Earth is sea water. runoff from the land usually reaching the sea. and the pressure of this groundwater affects patterns of faulting. groundwater. canal. pond. evaporation and transpiration contribute another 71 Tt per year. are also responsible for a large amount of sediment transport that occurs on the surface of the earth. from water vapor condensing from the air and falling to earth or ocean. but winds carry water vapor over land at the same rate as runoff into the sea. sea. Most water vapor over the oceans returns to the oceans. between the atmosphere. Over land. river. Groundwater is present in most rocks. Water cycle Water cycle The water cycle (known scientifically as the hydrologic cycle) refers to the continuous exchange of water within the hydrosphere. such as an ocean. Water is important in many geological processes. Water is also present in the atmosphere in solid. Deposition of transported sediment forms many types of sedimentary rocks. Water moves perpetually through each of these regions in the water cycle consisting of following transfer processes: • • • evaporation from oceans and other water bodies into the air and transpiration from land plants and animals into air. precipitation.Liquid water is found in bodies of water. lake. liquid. surface water. soil water. at a rate of 107 Tt per year over . and plants. Water and. water is important in both chemical and physical weathering processes. stream. or puddle. about 36 Tt per year. It also exists as groundwater in aquifers. which make up the geologic record of Earth history. Precipitation. to a lesser but still significant extent.

Some of water is diverted to irrigation for agriculture. It is when a river overflows its banks or flood from the sea. A drought is an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply. Fresh water storage High tide (left) and low tide (right) Main article: Water resources Some runoff water is trapped for periods of time. This occurs when a region receives consistently below average precipitation. Water runoff often collects over watersheds flowing into rivers. for example in lakes. Through erosion. and hail. A flood occurs when an area of land. usually low-lying. it is in short supply. Water also infiltrates the ground and goes into aquifers.land. plus smaller amounts of other substances. Condensed water in the air may also refract sunlight to produce rainbows. during winter. Rivers and seas offer opportunity for travel and commerce.9 °C) and its density increases with decreasing temperature to the . runoff shapes the environment creating river valleys and deltas which provide rich soil and level ground for the establishment of population centers. In many parts of the world. snow pack and glaciers. and in the far north and south. A mathematical model used to simulate river or stream flow and calculate water quality parameters is hydrological transport model. The physical properties of sea water differ from fresh water in some important respects. is covered with water. snow. with some contribution from fog and dew.5% salt on average. Groundwater is also extracted artificially in wells. has several forms: most commonly rain. This water storage is important. This groundwater later flows back to the surface in springs. Sea water Sea water contains about 3. fresh water is essential to human and other land-based life. snow collects in ice caps. since clean. or more spectacularly in hot springs and geysers. At high altitude. It freezes at a lower temperature (about –1.

The salinity of water in major seas varies from about 0. is an important ecological product of ocean tides.freezing point. form oxygen and organic compounds (at left). All known forms of life . It carries out this role by allowing organic compounds to react in ways that ultimately allow replication. together with carbon dioxide (CO2). The changing tide produced at a given location is the result of the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth coupled with the effects of Earth rotation and the local bathymetry. water has many distinct properties that are critical for the proliferation of life that set it apart from other substances. Effects on life An oasis is an isolated water source with vegetation in desert Overview of photosynthesis and respiration. which can be respired to water and (CO2).7% in the Baltic Sea to 4. Tides cause changes in the depth of the marine and estuarine water bodies and produce oscillating currents known as tidal streams. From a biological standpoint. the intertidal zone. instead of reaching maximum density at a temperature above freezing. Water (at right). The strip of seashore that is submerged at high tide and exposed at low tide.0% in the Red Sea. Tides Tides are the cyclic rising and falling of local sea levels caused by the tidal forces of the Moon and the Sun acting on the oceans.

In anabolism. Hydrogen is combined with CO2 (absorbed from air or water) to form glucose and release oxygen. glucose.g. that is. a hydrogen ion (H+. Water is fundamental to photosynthesis and respiration. fatty acids and amino acids to be used for fuels for energy use or other purposes). water is used to break bonds in order to generate smaller molecules (e.depend on water. Acids have pH values less than 7 while bases have values greater than 7.g. a proton acceptor such as hydroxide ion (OH−) to form water. Metabolism is the sum total of anabolism and catabolism. can be neutralized by a base. with a pH (the negative log of the hydrogen ion concentration) of 7. a proton) donor. In catabolism. Some of the biodiversity of a coral reef Aquatic life forms Main articles: Hydrobiology and Aquatic plant . All living cells use such fuels and oxidize the hydrogen and carbon to capture the sun's energy and reform water and CO2 in the process (cellular respiration). Water is considered to be neutral. starches. Without water. An acid. these particular metabolic processes could not exist. Water is vital both as a solvent in which many of the body's solutes dissolve and as an essential part of many metabolic processes within the body. Photosynthetic cells use the sun's energy to split off water's hydrogen from oxygen. Water is also central to acid-base neutrality and enzyme function. water is removed from molecules (through energy requiring enzymatic chemical reactions) in order to grow larger molecules (e. triglycerides and proteins for storage of fuels and information).

Plants such as kelp and algae grow in the water and are the basis for some underwater ecosystems. otters. Montreal. the ancient society of the Egyptians depended entirely upon the Nile. such as amphibians.Some marine diatoms – a key phytoplankton group Earth's surface waters are filled with life. . Paris. spend portions of their lives in water and portions on land. such as dolphins and whales. and there are many types of marine mammals. In places such as North Africa and the Middle East. Chicago. Some amphibians are able to absorb oxygen through their skin. although some species of fish. whales. However as invertebrate life evolved in an aquatic habitat most have little or no specialisation for respiration in water. Tokyo. Islands with safe water ports. London. Aquatic vertebrates must obtain oxygen to survive. have both. Marine mammals. Plankton is generally the foundation of the ocean food chain. have flourished for the same reason. Effects on human civilization Water fountain Civilization has historically flourished around rivers and major waterways. Buenos Aires. where water is more scarce. and Hong Kong owe their success in part to their easy accessibility via water and the resultant expansion of trade. nearly all fish live exclusively in water. and seals need to surface periodically to breathe air. Large metropolises like Rotterdam. was situated between the major rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Some kinds of animals. such as the lungfish. like Singapore. access to clean drinking water was and is a major factor in human development. Mesopotamia. Invertebrates exhibit a wide range of modifications to survive in poorly oxygenated waters including breathing tubes (see insect and mollusc siphons) and gills (Carcinus). Shanghai. New York City. The earliest life forms appeared in water. the socalled cradle of civilization. and they do so in various ways. such as dolphins. Fish have gills instead of lungs.

Water that is not fit for drinking but is not harmful for humans when used for swimming or bathing is called by various names other than potable or drinking water. Therefore. Water for bathing may be maintained in satisfactory microbiological condition using chemical disinfectants such as chlorine or ozone or by the use of ultraviolet light. Poor water quality and bad sanitation are deadly. the distribution of potable and irrigation water which is scarce. rather.4 million child deaths from diarrhea each year. This natural resource is becoming scarcer in certain places. is not a finite resource. or by a range of other methods. it is the relatively small quantity of water in reserve in the earth (about 1% of our drinking water supply. Chlorine is a skin and mucous membrane irritant that is used to make water safe for bathing or drinking. it will still leave more than an estimated half a billion people without access to safe drinking water and over a billion without access to adequate sanitation.[26] Even if this difficult goal is met. The World Health Organization estimates that safe water could prevent 1. but rather re-circulated as potable water in precipitation in quantities many degrees of magnitude higher than human consumption. which generally contains sewage and other forms of waste which require further treatment in order to be made reusable. showers and kitchen runoff. rather than the actual amount of it that exists on the . about a billion people around the world routinely drink unhealthy water. or "safe for bathing". non-potable forms of wastewater generated by humans may be referred to as greywater. Currently. which is replenished in aquifers around every 1 to 10 years).Health and pollution Environmental Science Program. but not toilets. which generate blackwater. and 1–2 ppm of chlorine not yet reacted with impurities for bathing water). Most countries accepted the goal of halving by 2015 the number of people worldwide who do not have access to safe water and sanitation during the 2003 G8 Evian summit.) These terms may have different meanings in other countries and cultures.[27] Water. that is a non-renewable resource. and blackwater. In the USA. which is treatable and thus easily able to be made potable again. and is sometimes called safe water. and it is. Its use is highly technical and is usually monitored by government regulations (typically 1 part per million (ppm) for drinking water. some five million deaths a year are caused by polluted drinking water. and its availability is a major social and economic concern. Water fit for human consumption is called drinking water or potable water. however. Water that is not potable may be made potable by filtration or distillation. Iowa State University student sampling water. Greywater composes 50-80% of residential wastewater generated by a household's sanitation equipment (sinks.

the gram was defined in France to be equal to "the absolute weight of a volume of pure water equal to a cube of one hundredth of a meter. and to the temperature of the melting ice. Work was therefore commissioned to determine precisely the mass of one liter of water. Water-poor countries use importation of goods as the primary method of importing water (to leave enough for local human consumption). Human uses Agriculture Irrigation of field crops The most important use of water in agriculture is for irrigation. with roughly a third of the world’s population.[29] The strain not only affects surface freshwater bodies like rivers and lakes. In spite of the fact that the decreed definition of the gram specified water at 0 °C—a highly reproducible temperature—the scientists chose to redefine the standard and to perform their measurements at the temperature of highest water density."[32] For practical purposes though. 90% of all wastewater still goes untreated into local rivers and streams. but it also degrades groundwater resources. .[31] Water as a scientific standard On 7 April 1795. the kilogram. [28] Some 50 countries. which was measured at the time as 4 °C (39 °F). also suffer from medium or high water stress.[33] The Kelvin temperature scale of the SI system is based on the triple point of water. one thousand times more massive.earth. which is a key component to produce enough food. Irrigation takes up to 90% of water withdrawn in some developing countries[30] and significant proportions in more economically developed countries (United States.01 °C. defined as exactly 273. which was originally defined according the boiling point (set to 100 °C) and melting point (set to 0 °C) of water. The scale is an absolute temperature scale with the same increment as the Celsius temperature scale.16 K or 0. In the developing world. 30% of freshwater usage is for irrigation). since the manufacturing process uses around 10 to 100 times products' masses in water. a metallic reference standard was required. and 17 of these extract more water annually than is recharged through their natural water cycles.

but it still affects the properties of water. and other factors. the precise amount depends on the level of activity. the body requires between one and seven liters of water per day to avoid dehydration.Natural water consists mainly of the isotopes hydrogen-1 and oxygen-16. humidity. Water from rivers and lakes tends to contain less deuterium than seawater. it is rather difficult to drink too much water. which can be fatal. however. excluding extra requirements due to fluid loss from exercise or warm weather. It is not clear how much water intake is needed by healthy people. standard water is defined in the Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water specification. though most advocates agree that 6–7 glasses of water (approximately 2 liters) daily is the minimum to maintain proper hydration. The amount of deuterium oxides or heavy water is very small. temperature.[34] To function properly.[35] Medical literature favors a lower consumption. People can drink far more water than necessary while exercising. putting them at risk of water intoxication (hyperhydration). but (especially in warm humid weather and while exercising) it is dangerous to drink too little.[38] . Most of this is ingested through foods or beverages other than drinking straight water. typically 1 liter of water for an average male.[36] For those who have healthy kidneys. but there is also small quantity of heavier isotopes such as hydrogen-2 (deuterium).[37] Similar misconceptions concerning the effect of water on weight loss and constipation have also been dispelled. Therefore. For drinking Main article: Drinking water A young girl drinking bottled water Water quality: fraction of population using improved water sources by country The human body contains anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size. The popular claim that "a person should consume eight glasses of water per day" seems to have no real basis in science.

suspension of solids in water slurries or using water to dissolve and extract substances. pregnant and breastfeeding women need additional fluids to stay hydrated.0 liters—this is recommended to be 2.[44] Washing The propensity of water to form solutions and emulsions is useful in various washing processes.[41] Also noted is that normally. on average. Common impurities include metal salts and oxides (including copper. With physical exertion and heat exposure. while the rest comes from drinking water and beverages (caffeinated included).7 liters for men. Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.4 liters (10 cups) for pregnant women and 3 liters (12 cups) for breastfeeding women since an especially large amount of fluid is lost during nursing. calcium and lead)[42] and/or harmful bacteria. Humans require water that does not contain too many impurities. and by exhalation of water vapor in the breath. about 20% of water intake comes from food.[40] Specifically."[39] The latest dietary reference intake report by the United States National Research Council in general recommended (including food sources): 2. Some solutes are acceptable and even desirable for taste enhancement and to provide needed electrolytes. Many industrial processes rely on reactions using chemicals dissolved in water. through sweating. women consume 2. through urine and faeces.Hazard symbol for Not drinking water An original recommendation for water intake in 1945 by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council read: "An ordinary standard for diverse persons is 1 milliliter for each calorie of food. water loss will increase and daily fluid needs may increase as well. iron. Washing is also an important component of several aspects of personal body hygiene.7 liters of water total for women and 3. According to the Institute of Medicine—who recommend that.2 liters and men 3. such as Vibrio. Chemical uses . Water is excreted from the body in multiple forms.[43] The single largest (by volume) freshwater resource suitable for drinking is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

Fire extinction . these properties are sometimes desirable. dissolving many ionic compounds. Nevertheless. Supercritical water has recently been a topic of research. water can also be used as a neutron moderator. Heat exchange Ice used for cooling.Water is widely used in chemical reactions as a solvent or reactant and less commonly as a solute or catalyst.however other methods are favored for stopping a reaction and it is preferred to keep the nuclear core covered with water so as to ensure adequate cooling. water is both a coolant and a moderator. This provides something of a passive safety measure. acceleration of Diels-Alder reactions by water has been observed. A disadvantage is that water and steam are somewhat corrosive. due to its availability and high heat capacity. In most nuclear reactors. water is the coolant. both as a coolant and for heating.. cooling power plants is the largest use of water. Condensing steam is a particularly efficient heating fluid because of the large heat of vaporization. which vaporizes and drives steam turbines to drive generators.S. as removing the water from the reactor also slows the nuclear reaction down . Also. Water and steam are used as heat transfer fluids in diverse heat exchange systems.[31] In the nuclear power industry. In inorganic reactions. Oxygen-saturated supercritical water combusts organic pollutants efficiently. In organic reactions. it is not usually used as a reaction solvent. In the U. because it does not dissolve the reactants well and is amphoteric (acidic and basic) and nucleophilic. water is a common solvent. In almost all electric power stations. Cool water may even be naturally available from a lake or the sea.

Recreation Grand Anse Beach. A hydrogen explosion may have occurred as a result of reaction between steam and hot zirconium. often reported as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Many find the sound and appearance of . as well as for exercising and for sports. Water is not suitable for use on fires of oils and organic solvents. beaches and waterparks are popular places for people to go to relax and enjoy recreation. St. However. decompose the water. Lakesides. because they float on water and the explosive boiling of water tends to spread the burning liquid. which makes it a good fire extinguishing fluid. The evaporation of water carries heat away from the fire. although the water involved did not come from fire-fighting at that time but the reactor's own water cooling system. Water has a high heat of vaporization and is relatively inert. are played on ice. waterskiing. such as certain metals or hot graphite. which may occur when water is used on very hot fires in confined spaces. A steam explosion occurred when the extreme over-heating of the core caused water to flash into steam. Use of water in fire fighting should also take into account the hazards of a steam explosion. only distilled water can be used to fight fires of electric equipment. some sports. Some of these include swimming. West Indies. George's. when substances which react with water. The power of such explosions was seen in the Chernobyl disaster. and of a hydrogen explosion. boating. Main article: Water sport (recreation) Humans use water for many recreational purposes. surfing and diving.Water is used for fighting wildfires. Grenada. producing hydrogen gas. In addition. like ice hockey and ice skating. because impure water is electrically conductive.

water guns or water balloons. and fountains and other water features are popular decorations. fun. and companionship. Humans also use water for snow sports i.e. In many places where running water was not available. skiing. snowmobiling or snowboarding.flowing water to be calming. A manual water pump in China . which requires the water to be frozen. People may also use water for play fighting such as with snowballs. Water industry A water-carrier in India. sledding. water had to be transported by people. 1882. Some keep fish and other life in aquariums or ponds for show.

Other water sources include rainwater collection. while chlorination and boiling kill harmful microbes. dissolved substances and harmful microbes. In some cities such as Hong Kong. Popular methods are filtering with sand which only removes undissolved material. Pharmaceuticals consumed by humans often end up in the waterways and can have detrimental effects on aquatic life if they bioaccumulate and if they are not biodegradable. . it becomes a waste of the resource. Thus other people pay the price of water pollution. renewable energy source. water purification facilities. from where it flows down. this does not enter standard accounting of market costs. Desalination of abundant seawater is a more expensive solution used in coastal arid climates. Distillation does all three functions. while the private firms' profits are not redistributed to the local population victim of this pollution. regardless of benefits to the polluter. Hydroelectric power comes from water driving a water turbine connected to a generator. to the extent that a pollutant limits other uses of the water. Reducing usage by using drinking (potable) water only for human consumption is another option. The distribution of drinking water is done through municipal water systems. water supply network. Hydroelectricity is electricity obtained from hydropower. tanker delivery or as bottled water. Hydroelectricity is a low-cost. Water supply facilities include water wells cisterns for rainwater harvesting. such as reverse osmosis.Water purification facility The water industry provides drinking water and wastewater services (including sewage treatment) to households and industry. assuming the aquifers can supply an adequate flow. Heat from the sun evaporates water. water pipes including old aqueducts. non-polluting. This may involve removal of undissolved substances. The energy is supplied by the sun. sea water is extensively used for flushing toilets citywide in order to conserve fresh water resources. Another way to remove pollution from surface runoff water is bioswale. Industrial applications Water is used in power generation. extracted from artificial borings (wells) in the ground. Water may require purification for human consumption. water towers. being conceived as externalities for which the market cannot account. water tanks. Wastewater facilities are storm sewers and wastewater treatment plants. Drinking water is often collected at springs. More advanced techniques exist. Like other types of pollution. Others[who?] argue that the market mechanism and free enterprise are best to manage this rare resource and to finance the boring of wells or the construction of dams and reservoirs. Building more wells in adequate places is thus a possible way to produce more water. which condenses as rain in higher altitudes. or pumped from lakes and rivers. Atmospheric water generators are in development. Governments in many countries have programs to distribute water to the needy at no charge. Polluting water may be the biggest single misuse of water.

Water is also used in many industrial processes and machines. Pressurized water is used in water blasting and water jet cutters. in addition to its use as a chemical solvent. It is also used in the cooling of machinery to prevent over-heating. very high pressure water guns are used for precise cutting. Also. Food processing Water can be used to cook foods such as noodles. is relatively safe. It is important for a food scientist to understand the roles that water plays within food processing to ensure the success of their products. and is not harmful to the environment. Water plays many critical roles within the field of food science. It works very well.Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydro-electric power station. Pollution includes discharged solutes (chemical pollution) and discharged coolant water (thermal pollution). or prevent saw blades from over-heating. such as the steam turbine and heat exchanger. Industry requires pure water for many applications and utilizes a variety of purification techniques both in water supply and discharge. . Discharge of untreated water from industrial uses is pollution.

Water hardness is classified based on the amounts of removable calcium carbonate salt it contains per gallon. Water hardness is also a critical factor in food processing. Water hardness is measured in grains. 0. The hardness of water also affects its pH balance which plays a critical role in food processing.[46] Not only does microbial growth affect the safety of food but also the preservation and shelf life of food. similarly. Water right.[vague] [45] The hardness of water may be altered or treated by using a chemical ion exchange system.51 °C. steam.064 g calcium carbonate is equivalent to one grain of hardness. This is important to know because most bacterial growth ceases at low levels of water activity.[45] Solutes in water also affect water activity which affects many chemical reactions and the growth of microbes in food. and simmering are popular cooking methods that often require immersing food in water or its gaseous state. there is a loss of effectiveness for its use as a sanitizer. as well as air pressure. Water boils at lower temperatures with the lower air pressure which occurs at higher elevations. It can dramatically affect the quality of a product as well as playing a role in sanitation. Water is also used for dishwashing. increasing the number of dissolved particles lowers water's freezing point. which is in turn affected by altitude. water politics and water crisis An estimate of the share of people in developing countries with access to potable water 1970– 2000 Main articles: Water law. For example.[45] Boiling. with increasing hardness.[45] Water is classified as soft if it contains 1 to 4 grains.[45] Solutes in water lower water activity. Water hardness also affects sanitation. Water law. steaming. and one mole of salt per kg raises the boiling point by 1. One mole of sucrose (sugar) per kilogram of water raises the boiling point of water by 0. and Water crisis .[46] Water activity can be described as a ratio of the vapor pressure of water in a solution to the vapor pressure of pure water.02 °C.Solutes such as salts and sugars found in water affect the physical properties of water. The boiling and freezing points of water are affected by solutes. medium if it contains 5 to 10 grains and hard if it contains 11 to 20 grains. hard water prevents successful production of clear beverages.

global initiatives to improve the efficiency of aid delivery. Water used in the production of a good or service is virtual water. More than 2. Islam. 40% of the world's inhabitants currently have insufficient fresh water for minimal hygiene.Water politics is politics affected by water and water resources. the UK charity WaterAid reported that a child dies every 15 seconds from easily preventable water-related diseases. World Day for Water takes place on 22 March and World Ocean Day on 8 June. This trend is projected to continue. Major faiths that incorporate ritual washing (ablution) include Christianity. but that access to it is hampered by mismanagement and corruption. International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. It causes health impacts and damage to biodiversity. it is also a part of the practice of other religions.[47] The proportion of people in developing countries with access to safe water is calculated to have improved from 30% in 1970[4] to 71% in 1990. Shinto. Water related conventions are United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). In 2004. In addition.2 million people died in 2000 from waterborne diseases (related to the consumption of contaminated water) or drought. Rastafari movement. water is a strategic resource in the globe and an important element in many political conflicts. often this means lack of sewage disposal. in the next 20 years. Judaism. For this reason. a ritual bath in pure water . by 2015.[5] To halve. Water 1st. including Judaism (mikvah) and Sikhism (Amrit Sanskar). A 2006 United Nations report stated that "there is enough water for everyone". This goal is projected to be reached. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Ramsar Convention.6 billion people have gained access to a safe water source since 1990. see toilet. American Water Resources Association. Taoism. have not been taken up by water sector donors as effectively as they have in education and health. potentially leaving multiple donors working on overlapping projects and recipient governments without empowerment to act. 79% in 2000 and 84% in 2004. and Wicca. 2003) from the World Water Assessment Program indicates that. Immersion (or aspersion or affusion) of a person in water is a central sacrament of Christianity (where it is called baptism). the quantity of water available to everyone is predicted to decrease by 30%. WaterAid. such as the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Hinduism. 1.[49] The UN World Water Development Report (WWDR. Water in culture Religion Main article: Water and religion Water is considered a purifier in most religions. the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water is one of the Millennium Development Goals. Organizations concerned with water protection include International Water Association (IWA).[48] In addition.

the five daily prayers can be done in most cases (see Tayammum) after completing washing certain parts of the body using clean water (wudu). Water is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. wood.g. and in its occupying."[50] Literature Water is used in literature as a symbol of purification. and metal. Water is described in many terms and contexts: • according to state o solid – ice o liquid – water . Examples include the critical importance of a river in As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner and the drowning of Ophelia in Hamlet.. and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong there is nothing that can take precedence of it—for there is nothing (so effectual) for which it can be changed. for example: "The earth was formed out of water and by water" (NIV). water is used in almost all rituals to cleanse a person or an area (e.is performed for the dead in many religions including Judaism and Islam. James Legge's 1891 translation of the Dao De Jing states "The highest excellence is like (that of) water. Water is also taken as a role model in some parts of traditional and popular Asian philosophy. earth and air. water was associated with phlegm. The classical element of Water was also one of the five elements in traditional Chinese philosophy. without striving (to the contrary). Hence (its way) is near to (that of) the Tao" and "There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water."[51] See also Water portal Sustainable development portal Main article: List of water topics • The water (data page) is a collection of the chemical and physical properties of water. the low place which all men dislike. In the Qur'an it is stated that "Living things are made of water" and it is often used to described Paradise. and was regarded as the ylem. In the theory of the four bodily humors. fire. in the ritual of misogi). along with earth. Water was considered cold and moist. Sherlock Holmes held that "From a drop of water. or basic substance of the universe. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things. a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other. Philosophy The Ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles held that water is one of the four classical elements along with fire. In Shinto. In Islam.

o o • gaseous – water vapor plasma according to meteorology: o hydrometeor  precipitation precipitation according to movement • vertical (falling) precipitation o rain o freezing rain o drizzle o freezing drizzle o snow o snow pellets o snow grains o ice pellets o frozen rain o hail o ice crystals • horizontal (seated) precipitation o dew o hoarfrost o atmospheric icing o glaze ice precipitation according to state • liquid precipitation o rain o freezing rain o drizzle o freezing drizzle o dew • solid precipitation o snow o snow pellets o snow grains o ice pellets o frozen rain o hail o ice crystals o hoarfrost o atmospheric icing o glaze ice • mixed precipitation o in temperatures around 0 °C • • levitating particles  clouds  fog  mist o ascending particles (drifted by wind)  spindrift  stirred snow according to occurrence o groundwater o meltwater o meteoric water o connate water o fresh water o surface water o mineral water – contains many minerals o brackish water o .

• dead water – strange phenomenon which can occur when a layer of fresh or brackish water rests on top of denser salt water. or Type III. It is in nature in normal water in very low concentration. deionized water – contains no minerals o water of crystallization — water incorporated into crystalline structures o hydrates — water bound into other chemical substances o heavy water – made from heavy atoms of hydrogen – deuterium. o seawater o brine according to uses o tap water o bottled water o drinking water or potable water – useful for everyday drinking. It is dangerous for ship traveling. o tritiated water according to microbiology o drinking water o wastewater o stormwater or surface water according to religion o holy water • • Other topics • • • • Dihydrogen monoxide hoax Water Pasteurization Indicator Water intoxication Water pinch analysis . It was used in construction of first nuclear reactors. Often broadly classified as Type I. without the two layers mixing. contains more minerals o distilled water. this category of water includes. analytical-grade or reagent-grade water – water which has been highly purified for specific uses in science or engineering. the following:  distilled water  double distilled water  deionized water  Reverse osmosis plant Water o • according to other features o soft water – contains fewer minerals o hard water – from underground. laboratory-grade. but is not limited to. it contains balanced minerals that are not harmful to health (see below) o purified water. double distilled water. Type II. without fouling.

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External links Find more about water on Wikipedia's sister projects: Definitions from Wiktionary Images and media from Commons Learning resources from Wikiversity News stories from Wikinews Quotations from Wikiquote Source texts from Wikisource Textbooks from Wikibooks • OECD Water statistics .• • • Marq de Villiers (2003. Worster. revised edition). Flood. and the Growth of the American West. ISBN 1573222291. Aridity. ISBN 039451680X. Rivers of Empire: Water. Diane Raines Ward (2002). Water Wars: Drought. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource. Folly and the Politics of Thirst. ISBN 0618030093. Donald (1992).

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