There is alot more to water education than learning to turn off the tap when brushing ones teeth.

Water conservation, whilst extremely important, is just one facet of water education. For the moment let’s explore another less spoken of facet of water education. Which is, how human activites change the chemical quality of water. After all water is 100% chemistry. As human beings water is most of what we are and it should be our most understood, respected and cherished of natural resources.

The human body is made up primarily of water. At the time of our conception we are nearly 100% water and then as we grow older our bodies hold less water. Our blood is 83% water, even our bones consist of 25% water. Not only is water us, and we are water, it preforms many functions for the human body.

Water moisturizes the air in the lungs, transports nutrients and oxygen into the cells, helps with metabolism, protects and moisturizes the joints, regulates body temperature, detoxifies, helps the organs to absorb nutrients better, and  protects the vital organs. It goes without saying that the better the quality of water we consume, the better we’ll feel. A persons survival depends on the availability of clean drinking water and is therefore a necessary requirement for all people.


  • Regulates body temperature
  • Detoxifies
  • Helps with metabolism
  • Protects your organs
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into the cells
  • Moisturizes the air in our lungs
  • Helps your organs to absorb better
  • Energizes the mind and body
  • Removes waste from the human body

As noted in the hierarchy of water requirements* having clean drinking water is of the utmost importance for our survival.

Due to water’s unique qualities and properties humans use water for a wide variety of activities. Some of these are more important than others, for example, having clean water for cooking is more vital than personal washing or the washing of clothes.

Human activities effect not only the quantity and distribution of water but also the chemical quality of water. We can care for water by weighing up and scrutinising how we change the quality of water when we interact with it.

Individually and collecetively we can do this through being more mindful of the products/chemicals we contaminate water with when preforming personal washing, the washing of clothes, cleaning the home and so on and so forth. Everytime we interact with water we should be conscious of how we are altering it’s chemical makeup and the knock on effects of our actions.

We all have the power to improve the quality of water by becoming aware of it’s qualities and function for not just the human body but all of existence.

Individually and collectively all over the earth human beings have a duty to care for water at all times. Duty is a term that conveys a sense of moral commitment or obligation to someone or something, that should result in action.

* Drinking Water and Health. A Review and Guide for Population Health HSE. 2008


As human beings water is most of what we are and it should be our most understood, respected and cherished of natural resources.