Water is Life and Life is Water

By Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality, UCD School of Social Justice

Next to oxygen, water is the most essential element required for human existence.  Two thirds of the human body consists of water. While we need many nutrients to sustain us in life, we will die within days without water. Water is more than H2o; it is integral to human life itself. While we need nutrients to live, water is vital for the operation of multiple metabolic processes within the human body and we need it more immediately and urgently than other nutrients to survive. 

Water is not only needed for drinking it is vital for the maintenance of health through its usage in sanitation and the management of human bodily waste. Most of the personal usage of water goes in the management of excretions from the body and in cleansing the body and its affects including clothing, cooking and eating utensils etc. Having access to water is not only essential for life itself, it is essential for our health.

The International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESC) defended the right to water in 2002 declaring in its General Comment 15 that:

"The human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic uses. "

In 2010 the UN General Assembly recognised the right to water and sanitation. And in 2010, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution acknowledging that both rights (i.e. the right to water and sanitation) are implied by the right to an adequate standard of living. 

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