The uses of water in a community are many, and the requirement in quantity and quality are varied. Conventionally, it has been convenient and economical to provide a single water supply sufficient in quantity to serve all uses and suitable in quality to meet drinking requirements, even though only a small fraction of the total water supply is actually used for drinking.
The Uses Of Water Include:
Domestic use – water is required for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing, flushing of toilets, gardening etc.
Public purposes – cleaning streets, swimming pools, public fountains, ornamental ponds, fire protection and public parks
Industrial purpose – for processing and cooling
Agricultural purpose – irrigation
Power Production from hydropower and steam power
Carrying away waste from all establishments and institutions
Water is therefore an essential factor in the economic, social and cultural development of a community. It can eliminate diseases, promote rural development and improve quality of life.