Water is used by man for a variety of important purposes, among them irrigation, navigation, hydroelectric power generation, industrial manufacturing, waste disposal, recreation, and wildlife enhancement. The most fundamental use of all, however, is community water supply for immediate and vital needs-drinking, washing, cooking and sanitation.
By Asit K. Biswas, 1981. Article published in Foreign Affairs, Volume 60, Issue 1, pages 148-166. DOI: 10.2307/20040994