The whole world celebrates water on this day. Experts speak about why we need water. There are discussions, seminars and other activities.

Did you know?

  • people in some countries walk 6 km to get water
  • throughout the world 2 billion people do not have access to drinking water

(Source: World Health Organisation)

WHAT DO WE NEED WATER FOR? We can’t live without water. All animals and plants need it. How about us? We can live without water for just three days but please, don’t try it. Our bodies are made of between 55-80% of water. If you lose just 2.5% of it your body cannot work well. It means that if you weigh 40 kg and lose 0,8 kg, your heart works too hard and your problems start.

WHAT ELSE DO WE USE WATER FOR? First, drinking. We should drink about 2 litres a day. We also get water from food, fruit, or vegetables. We cook things in water. We need water for washing our bodies, clothes, cars, dishes… We have to water plants in the fields. People also use water for recreation and sports. Which water sports do you know?


1.What does this symbol mean? Where can you see it?

2.Test your knowledge: How much water does each of these daily action use?

1, having a shower

2, having a bath

3, flushing the toilet

4, washing the car with a hose pipe

5, washing the dishes

6, running the washing machine

  1. a) about 8 litres
  2. b) about 80 litres
  3. c) about 35 litres
  4. d) about 100 litres
  5. e) about 400 litres
  6. f) about 25 litres


Correct answers: 1c, 2b, 3a, 4e, 5f, 6d